John Henry Knight

Director

302.651.7512
302.498.7512 (fax)
knight@rlf.com

John Knight represents debtors, prepetition and DIP lenders, purchasers, and other parties in interest in Delaware chapter 11 cases. Vice chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department, John leads the firm’s substantive non-consolidation opinion team.

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  • Co-counsel to Deutsche Bank as agent to prepetition secured lenders in the Samson Resources Corporation chapter 11 case
  • Co-counsel to YFE Holdings as DIP lender in the Fresh & Easy LLC chapter 11 case 
  • Co-counsel to KiOR, Inc. in its chapter 11 case and sale of substantially all of its assets
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John Knight represents debtors, prepetition and DIP lenders, purchasers, and other parties in interest in Delaware chapter 11 cases.  Vice chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department, John leads the firm’s substantive non-consolidation opinion team.  His recent representations include:

  • Secured lender group in the chapter 11 case of Samson Resources (an oil and gas exploration and production company)
  • Debtor in the chapter 11 case of KiOR, Inc. (a biofuels company)
  • Debtor in the chapter 11 case of PSL, North America (an oil and gas and water pipeline manufacturer)
  • DIP lender in the chapter 11 case of Fresh & Easy, LLC (a chain of grocery stores)

Experience

  • Co-counsel to Deutsche Bank as agent to prepetition secured lenders in the Samson Resources Corporation chapter 11 case
  • Co-counsel to YFE Holdings as DIP lender in the Fresh & Easy LLC chapter 11 case 
  • Co-counsel to KiOR, Inc. in its chapter 11 case and sale of substantially all of its assets
  • Lead counsel to PSL, North America in connection with its chapter 11 case and sale of substantially all of its assets
  • Lead counsel to debtor National Envelope in connection with its chapter 11 case
  • Co-counsel to Toshiba Corporation in connection with its DIP loan to and acquisition of OCZ Technology Group
  • Co-counsel to senior secured lender in Overseas Shipping Group chapter 11 case
  • Co-counsel to secured lender in Powerwave Technologies chapter 11 case

Publications

  • "Bankruptcy Remote Entities in Commercial Real Estate Transactions," Practical Law The Journal, November 2015   View >
  • "Bankruptcy Remote Entities in Commercial Real Estate Transactions," Practical Law, May 5, 2015   View >

Presentations

  • "AIRA's 31st Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference," June 3, 2015

Awards

  • Chambers USA, since 2005 
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, 2016, 2015

Leadership

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Delaware Views from the Bench, Panelist and Planning Committee Member, 2013
  • Pre-Admission Conference of the Supreme Court of Delaware, Panel Speaker, 2010-2015

Education

  • J.D., with honors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1994
  • B.S., University of Maryland, 1990 / Varsity Football Letterman

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Maryland
  • United States District Court, Delaware
  • United States District Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States District Court, New Jersey

Experience

  • Co-counsel to Deutsche Bank as agent to prepetition secured lenders in the Samson Resources Corporation chapter 11 case
  • Co-counsel to YFE Holdings as DIP lender in the Fresh & Easy LLC chapter 11 case 
  • Co-counsel to KiOR, Inc. in its chapter 11 case and sale of substantially all of its assets
  • Lead counsel to PSL, North America in connection with its chapter 11 case and sale of substantially all of its assets
  • Lead counsel to debtor National Envelope in connection with its chapter 11 case
  • Co-counsel to Toshiba Corporation in connection with its DIP loan to and acquisition of OCZ Technology Group
  • Co-counsel to senior secured lender in Overseas Shipping Group chapter 11 case
  • Co-counsel to secured lender in Powerwave Technologies chapter 11 case

Education

  • J.D., with honors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1994
  • B.S., University of Maryland, 1990 / Varsity Football Letterman

Publications

  • "Bankruptcy Remote Entities in Commercial Real Estate Transactions," Practical Law The Journal, November 2015   View >
  • "Bankruptcy Remote Entities in Commercial Real Estate Transactions," Practical Law, May 5, 2015   View >

Presentations

  • "AIRA's 31st Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference," June 3, 2015

Awards

  • Chambers USA, since 2005 
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, 2016, 2015

Leadership

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Delaware Views from the Bench, Panelist and Planning Committee Member, 2013
  • Pre-Admission Conference of the Supreme Court of Delaware, Panel Speaker, 2010-2015