My Chi To

My Chi To, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Law School: University of Ottawa (LL.B., 1995)

School: University of Oxford, Rhodes Scholar (M.Phil. in Politics, 1998)

State/Provincial Admissions: New York (1999); Quebec (1995)

Languages: French (full proficiency)

My Chi To is a corporate partner and a member of the firm’s Business Restructuring & Workouts Group. She has experience representing debtors, creditors and investors in complex restructurings, bankruptcies and acquisitions of troubled companies. Ms. To also advises a wide range of clients in connection with second-lien, mezzanine and infrastructure financings and workouts as well as insurance insolvency matters.

Ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA (2013), clients describe Ms. To as having an “impressive set of credentials and experience,” adding that she is “unflappable” and that “she serves clients extremely well.” She is also recommended in The Legal 500 US (2012), where she is considered to be “among the brightest young bankruptcy lawyers in the country.” She is the recipient of the Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award, which is the highest honor granted by the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association. Ms. To also received the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s “Best Lawyers Under 40” award.

Ms. To frequently speaks and has written many articles on intercreditor issues relating to complex financing structures, distressed asset sales and other bankruptcy-related topics. Her recent speaking engagements include: “Section 363 Sales: New Cases, New Approaches, New Voices”, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, “Recent Issues in Plan Confirmation,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s 15th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference and “Avoiding Powers – Augmentation of the Estate,”PLI Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy. Her recent publications include: “Lifting The Cloud Of Uncertainty: Recent Cases Provide Clarity on Enforcing Intercreditor Agreements,” The New York Law Journal (2012) and “Discount Shopping: Making the Most Out of Distressed Asset Sales,” Bloomberg BNA’s Bankruptcy Law Reporter (2012). She is also the author of “Second-Lien Financings in Bankruptcy: Expectations vs. Reality,” The Review of Banking & Financial Services (2007).

Ms. To is a member of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association, where she is Vice-Chair of the Legislation Subcommittee, and a member of the American College of Investment Counsel. She is also a Board member of the Asian American Law Fund of New York, Inc. and co-head of the Women’s Resource Group at Debevoise.

Ms. To received an LL.L. and LL.B. from the University of Ottawa and was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, Supreme Court of Canada. She received an M.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Ms. To is bilingual in French and English.

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