Christopher R. Donoho III | New York | Hogan Lovells

Christopher R. Donoho III

Partner Corporate & Finance

Donoho III Christopher R

Christopher R. Donoho III
Donoho III Christopher R
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'Chris Donoho has an exceptional breadth of experience in representing clients in a myriad of bankruptcy cases and out of court restructurings.'

Client quoted in Legal 500 US 2022

Christopher Donoho has made a career out of navigating tough situations and finding creative solutions that create value.

For Chris, that can mean negotiating an out-of-court solution to a complex financial problem, or it can mean guiding a client through a U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy or foreign insolvency proceeding. Regardless of the forum, he always enjoys the challenge of taking complex situations, breaking them down, and then leading a process that results in accretive value for his clients.

Whether leading a process or lending a hand on a project, Chris is a key member of both the New York office and the firm's global Restructuring and Special Situations team, all of whom, individually and as a team, are experienced and recognized in their field, working on many of the most important bankruptcy situations around the globe. From 2015 to 2019, he was the administrative partner for the New York office. Chris has previously served as the Global Head of the firm’s Restructuring and Special Situations team, but continues in a leadership role in the U.S..

Chris spends much of his time protecting the rights of creditors in restructurings, frequently on behalf of investment funds. He also has considerable experience representing companies facing distress, leading them through work-outs or Chapter 11 restructurings in jurisdictions across the United States. He is frequently called into situations that involve multi-national companies and complicated cross-border disputes, drawing on the resources of his colleagues and Hogan Lovells around the world.

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'Chris Donoho has an exceptional breadth of experience in representing clients in a myriad of bankruptcy cases and out of court restructurings.'

Client quoted in Legal 500 US 2022

Representative experience

Acting as official creditors' committee counsel in the Chapter 11 cases of Abengoa Bioenergy (Missouri) and Abeinsa (Delaware), subsidiaries of Abengoa S.A. of Spain.

Represented the Kodak Pension Plan (UK) in the Eastman Kodak Chapter 11, exchanging US$2.8bn of pension liabilities for two operating divisions.

Represented the Chapter 11 official creditors' committee of ShengdaTech Inc., a U.S. parent of a Chinese operating company.

Representing an ad hoc group of 2026 bondholders to Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned energy company, through a consent solicitation.

Represented Anschutz and Starwood as bidders and acquirers of the Sea Island Company in a 363 bankruptcy sale in District of Georgia bankruptcy court.

Represented the secured lenders and credit bidders in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Raser Technologies, in the District of Delaware.

Represented Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings; negotiated a court-approved Section 363 sale of Orexigen's assets to Nalpropion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Acting as debtor's counsel to Signal International, an Alabama ship and rig repair company with substantial litigation claims related to human trafficking.

Represented the private equity sponsor in connection with the Chapter 11 restructuring of Milagro Oil & Gas.

Represented Allonhill LLC as Chapter 11 debtor's counsel in the District of Delaware.

Acting as counsel to Stila Styles LLC, through its Independent Manager, following the conclusion of the Zohar bankruptcy proceedings.


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1994
  • A.B., Brown University, 1991
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • New York
  • New Jersey
Court admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • INSOL 
  • Member of the American College of Investment Counsel
  • Turnaround Management Association


Finance: Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy): Corporate, Recommended

Legal 500 US

Bankruptcy/Restructuring (New York)

Chambers USA

Restructuring and Insolvency, Highly Regarded - State


500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers


Energy, Highly Regarded - State


Natural Resources, Highly Regarded - State


Dealmaker of the Year

Finance Monthly

Elite Dealmaker - New York


Bankruptcy/Restructuring (New York), Recognised Practitioner

Chambers USA