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Christopher R. Donoho III

New York

Christopher R. Donoho III

Christopher Donoho has made a career out of navigating difficult 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, Chris 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 an important member of both the New York office and the firm's global Business Restructuring and Insolvency (BRI) 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. In September 2015, Chris was named the administrative partner for the New York office.

Chris spends much of his time protecting the rights of creditors in restructurings, frequently on behalf of investment funds or banks. He also has considerable experience in 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 resources around the world.

Several of the deals where Chris has played a leading role are award winning, including, most recently, his representation of the Kodak Pension Plan in the Eastman Kodak Company Chapter 11, which was the winner of, among other things, the 2014 Turnaround Management Association's Mega Turnaround of the Year Award, where he received an individual award for his contributions.

"Christopher Donoho shows 'exceptional leadership and judgment' and played a key role in the firm's advice to the trustees of the Kodak pension plan in the Eastman Kodak bankruptcy."

Legal 500

Representative Experience

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

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

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

Milagro Oil & Gas, representing the private equity sponsor in connection with the Chapter 11 restructuring.

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

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

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

Represented Wilmington Trust as indenture trustee in the Capmark Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1994
  • A.B., Brown University, 1991


  • INSOL 
  • Member of the American College of Investment Counsel
  • Turnaround Management Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New Jersey
  • New York

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
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