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. Co-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. Co-chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department, John leads the firm’s substantive non-consolidation opinion team. Noting that he is “vastly experienced in bankruptcy matters,” Chambers USA praised John as “professional, smart, responsive, and keenly aware of the issues and problems confronting his clients.”

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

  • "Separateness Covenants," Practical Law, August 2017   View >
  • "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, since 2009
  • Super Lawyers, since 2007
  • IFLR1000, 2018
  • Who's Who Legal, since 2016
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, 2017, 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

Practices

  • Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring

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

  • "Separateness Covenants," Practical Law, August 2017   View >
  • "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, since 2009
  • Super Lawyers, since 2007
  • IFLR1000, 2018
  • Who's Who Legal, since 2016
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, 2017, 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