New York-listed bunkering firm Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (Aegean) on Tuesday and certain of its subsidiaries (the debtors) filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
The debtors enter this process with the support of Mercuria Energy Group Limited (Mercuria), a key strategic partner and one of the world’s largest independent energy and commodity companies.
Mercuria has agreed to provide more than $532 million in postpetition financing to fund the chapter 11 process and Aegean’s working capital needs. It has also agreed to serve as the stalking horse bidder in a sale process designed to optimise the value of the company as a going concern.
The debtors have filed a motion with the bankruptcy court seeking to jointly administer all of the debtors’ Chapter 11 cases under the caption In re Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc., et al.
The debtors will continue to operate their businesses as “debtors-in-possession” under the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the US Bankruptcy Code and orders of the bankruptcy court.
The group have filed a series of first day motions with the bankruptcy court that seek authorisation to continue to conduct their business in the normal course, including in relation to employees, customers and suppliers, among others.
They are seeking approval of the Mercuria-led postpetition financing. This financing is designed to ensure Aegean has adequate working capital to fund the business and continue ordinary course operations during the Chapter 11 Cases and to fund the sale process.
In connection with its restructuring efforts, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal counsel to Aegean, Moelis & Company LLC is acting as investment banker to Aegean, and EY Turnaround Management Services LLC is acting as restructuring advisor to Aegean.
Related Debtors of Aegean are as follows:
A timeline organised list of events preceding the current development have been recorded by Manifold Times below:
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Published: 6 November, 2018
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