Benjamin S. Arfa


Benjamin S. Arfa

Benjamin S. Arfa is a Partner in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s Restructuring and Finance Department. Benjamin represents borrowers, creditors, sponsors and distressed investors in connection with financing aspects of all types of transformative corporate transactions and in a wide range of liability management, restructuring, bankruptcy, direct lending, rescue, DIP and other financing transactions.

Benjamin was recognized as an Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer by Turnarounds and Workouts in 2024.

Special Situations & Liability Management

  • Centerbridge in connection with financing the liability management transactions of U.S. Renal Care
  • King Street in connection with financing the liability management transactions of Team Health
  • Caspian Capital in connection with various matters, including financing the liability management transactions of Hornblower
  • Littlejohn & Co. & Cetus Capital in various matters
  • Rayonier Advanced Materials in connection with its secured financing from Oaktree and credit-enhancing intercompany loan

Bankruptcy & Restructuring

  • an ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders in connection with the contested Chapter 11 cases of Altera Infrastructure
  • an ad hoc group of first and second lien noteholders in connection with their acquisition of a controlling interest in Pyxus International through bankruptcy
  • Centerbridge in connection with its acquisition of Speedcast International through a contested Chapter 11
  • Abra in connection with the Chapter 11 cases of Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes
  • Axar Capital in the strict foreclosure and out-of-court restructuring of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies
  • Quorum Health Corporation in its Chapter 11 pre-packaged plan of reorganization
  • Strategic Materials in its Chapter 11 pre-packaged plan of reorganization
  • XPO in its acquisition of $870 million of real property assets from Yellow Corporation pursuant to Section 363

Corporate Financing

  • XPO in more than $14 billion of financing transactions, including in connection with its €3.24 billion acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle S.A., its $3 billion acquisition of Con-way and its spin-offs of GXO Logistics and RXO
  • Herman Miller in connection with committed financing to fund its $1.8 billion acquisition of Knoll
  • Insulet in its $800 million convertible notes offering and $500 million secured term loan

Benjamin received a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2008. Benjamin also received an M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance with distinction from the London School of Economics in 2009. He completed his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2014.

Prior to joining Wachtell Lipton, Benjamin worked as an analyst in the Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co.

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