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Christine A. Okike


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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Four Times Square,
New York, 10036
New York, USA


Christine A. Okike is a counsel in the corporate restructuring department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She represents debtors, creditors, equity holders, investors, sellers, purchasers and other parties-in-interest in all stages of complex restructuring transactions, including prepackaged, prearranged and traditional chapter 11 cases, out-of-court workouts, distressed acquisitions and cross-border proceedings.

Ms. Okike was named as an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts in 2018. In 2017, Ms. Okike was inducted into the International Insolvency Institute NextGen Leadership Program, which is intended to recognize the most prominent “Rising Stars” in the international insolvency area. Ms. Okike also was selected in 2017 as an emerging leader in the American Bankruptcy Institute’s inaugural 40 Under 40 initiative.

Ms. Okike's ignificant representations include:

• Black Diamond Capital Management L.L.C. as the largest secured creditor in the chapter 11 cases of Harvey Gulf International Marine.

• Key Safety Systems, Inc. in its $1.6 billion acquisition of substantially all of the non-PSAN inflator assets of Takata Corporation through cross-border restructuring proceedings.

• A major news organization in its out of court restructuring.

• Salus Capital Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Harbinger Group Inc., in RadioShack's chapter 11 cases.

• Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., a subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, in its digital cinema joint venture with Technicolor.

• HCP, Inc. in the amendment and extension of its $6.1 billion master lease with HCR ManorCare, Inc.

• Walnut Creek Mining Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kiewit Mining Group, Inc., in the chapter 11 case of Optim Energy, LLC.

• Excel Maritime Carriers, Ltd., a Greek shipping company, in its chapter 11 restructuring involving $1.1 billion of debt.

• Ipsen Pharma SAS, a French pharmaceutical company, as lender, creditor, equity holder and seller of certain proprietary drugs, in the chapter 11 case of Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

• A major financial institution in formulating its resolution plan under the Dodd Frank Act.

• DSW Group Inc. in its out-of-court restructuring involving more than $900 million of debt.

• Credit Suisse, as administrative agent, and the lender steering committee comprised of Oaktree Capital Management, Strategic Value Partners and Tennenbaum Capital Partners, in the out-of-court recapitalization of Hanley Wood, LLC.

• Travelport Inc., one of the world's largest providers of online travel services, in its out-of­ court, cross-border restructuring involving $3.8 billion of debt.

• Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc. in one of the only prearranged chapter 11 cases to discharge statewide consumer class action litigation.

• Vertis Inc. in its prepackaged chapter 11 restructuring of more than $700 million of debt.

• The National Hockey League in its acquisition of the Phoenix Coyotes.

• DISH Network Corporation in its $1.4 billion acquisition of DBSD North America.

• The Mount Sinai Hospital in the chapter 11 case of North General.

• Intrawest in its out-of-court, cross-border restructuring of $1.7 billion of debt.

• Yucaipa Companies in Barney's out-of-court recapitalization.

Ms. Okike is a member of the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the New York City Bar Association. She also serves on Skadden's Women’s Affinity Group Steering Committee and Summer Associate Committee. Ms. Okike also represents a number of nonprofit organizations and individuals on a pro bono basis and sits on the junior advisory board of Her Justice.

Ms. Okike earned a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York and California.

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