Date Announced: 05/17/2012
client: General Maritime Corporation
Status: Closed – 05/2012
Value: $1.5 billion Read the case study
On May 17, 2012, General Maritime Corporation (“General Maritime”), a leading crude and products tanker company, successfully emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The consensual reorganization among debtors, creditors and plan sponsor significantly strengthened the company’s balance sheet and enhanced its strategic flexibility. General Maritime filed for Chapter 11 protection on November 17, 2011, after securing a lock-up with over 2/3 of its senior secured first lien lenders and plan sponsor on the terms of a comprehensive financial restructuring. As a result, the debtors were able to expeditiously engage with the remaining key creditors to secure a global settlement allowing for an exit from Chapter 11 within six months. As part of the plan of reorganization, General Maritime reduced its debt burden by approximately $600 million and received a $175 million new equity investment from the plan sponsor. Moelis & Company acted as financial advisor to General Maritime on the expeditious six-month Chapter 11 process, which minimized operational disruption and represented the largest Chapter 11 Bankruptcy restructuring in the shipping industry in 2012. Additionally, General Maritime is the first major global shipping operator to successfully attract new capital and emerge from Chapter 11 with a significantly deleveraged capital structure.