Pamela Egan’s practice focuses on corporate restructuring and other complex insolvency-related matters. She has experience in reorganizations, out-of-court workouts, bankruptcy litigation, including avoidance actions and claim litigation, general business litigation, and corporate matters. Ms. Egan has represented large public corporations and smaller businesses, debtors, creditors’ committees and trustees, across many industries.
Beyond her bankruptcy and litigation work, Ms. Egan has a strong interest in Russia. She was the first American undergraduate to study for a year at Leningrad State University during the Soviet Union. In 2013, she volunteered to work with the Innovation Working Group of the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission in 2013 (“IWG”). As a volunteer with the IWG, Ms. Egan obtained a grant from the U.S. Department of State and conducted a survey in five “tech hubs” in Russia regarding legal obstacles to innovation in Russia.
- Counsel to the Debtor in In re XS Ranch Fund VI, L.P, U.S. Bankr. N.D. Cal., Case No. 16-31367 involving a large real estate development in Texas. Conceived and successfully executed strategy to use Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to wipe out approximately $30 million in secured debt. Plan confirmed. Creditors paid in full.
- Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, In re Empyrean Towers, LLC, U.S. Bankr. Ct., N.D. Cal., Case No. 15-42341. The Committee’s constituency consisted primarily of tort claimants who asserted significant claims against the debtor as landlord of a single-room occupancy residential hotel in Oakland, CA. The Committee was instrumental in ensuring the sale of the building to a non-profit, which is now renovating the hotel pursuant to a 50-year commitment with the City of Oakland to maintain the building as affordable housing with social services support.
- Counsel to the Chapter 11 Trustee in one of the first bankruptcy cases in the United States of a crypto-currency mining company, In re Giga Watt, Inc., S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D. WA, Case No. 18-03197. To date, subject to Court approval, the Chapter 11 Trustee has re-opened more than half of the Debtor’s operations, which were moribund when the Chapter 11 Trustee was appointed. Ms. Egan recently won a contested evidentiary hearing and preliminary injunction against Giga Watt’s former CEO, who claimed ownership of one of the Debtor’s crypto-mining facilities. Case involves cutting edge issues regarding treatment of claims in bankruptcy arising from an ICO.
PREVIOUS SELECTED EXPERIENCE
- Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Winner 2019 M&A Advisory Group 13thAnnual Turnaround Award for her work in XS Ranch Fund VI, LP
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- AV Preeminent Peer Rating (Martindale-Hubbell’s highest distinction for ethics and legal ability)
PRO BONO AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- Director, Alliance Francaise of San Francisco (2008-2018)
- Co-Chair, Eurasia-Russia Committee, ABA Section of International Law (2015-2018)
- Volunteer, Innovation Working Group of the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
- American Bar Association, Section of International Law
- Washington State Bar Association
- California State Bar Association
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES
- Handbook on Global Social Media Law for Business Lawyers, ABA, Contributing Author (2017)
- “Interplay Between Russian Bankruptcy and American Fraudulent Transfer Law,” Russia and Eurasia Committee (January-June 2016 edition)
- “Zachary v. California Bank & Trust, 811 F.3d 1191 (9th Cir. 2016),” Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law (June 01, 2016)
- “Russian Business Takes Legal Disputes Abroad,” The Moscow Times (May 5, 2015)
- “Into the Brambles: Section 507(a)(4) and Executoriness,” 21 American Bankruptcy Institute Journal 36, No. 4 (May 2012)
- “Valuation and the Chapter 11 Process” in Contested Valuation in Corporate Bankruptcy – A Collier Monograph, LexisNexis (2011)
- “New Meaning of Ordinary: Anything Short of Extraordinary,” 13 Bankruptcy Litigation 1 (Winter/Spring 2006)
- “BAPCPA Headaches Await,” 19 BCD Weekly News & Comment No. 19 at 5 (comment on section 547 amendments) (Jan. 10, 2006)
- “Equitable Subordination in Bankruptcy,” 6 For the District of Oregon 2, Federal Bar Ass’n, Oregon Chapter (Fall 2001)
- Speaker, Disclosure Vehicles & Discovery Tools, ABA Dispute Resolution Conference, Moscow (September 27, 2018).
- “Beyond the Oligarchs, A Survey of Legal Obstacles to Innovation in Russia.” Presented at the ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting (April 2016)
- “Russia/Ukraine Economic Sanctions – One Year Later, Legal, Policy, and Practical Perspectives” Sponsored by the Professional Association of Exporters and Importers (March 2015)