John F. Ventola

Practice Group Leader - Finance & Restructuring

John Ventola is co-chair of Choate's Finance & Restructuring Group.

Mr. Ventola has practiced in the finance and restructuring industry for more than 20 years representing banks, finance and business development companies, hedge funds and other capital providers in a wide range of complex transactions, workouts and bankruptcies. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America and is named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer

Practice Focus

Finance & Junior Capital:  represent financial institutions in complex, multi-tranche financial transactions, including asset based, cash flow, Term B, second-lien, DIP and mezzanine loans and preferred stock and other junior capital investments.

Private Equity: acquisition and growth financings for private equity funds and their portfolio companies.

Bankruptcy & Restructuring: all aspects of loan workouts, restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings, including cash collateral disputes, equitable subordination and recharacterization, Section 363 sales and contested plans of reorganization.

Representative Engagements

  • Counsel to Term Loan Agent that provided a $200 million loan to a leading office supply retailer as part of a multi-billion dollar take private transaction.
  • Counsel to Bank of America as the ABL DIP Lender to Performance Sports (d/b/a Bauer Hockey).
  • Represented Wells Fargo Retail Finance in connection with DIP and emergence loan facilities to Pacific Sun and HH Gregg.
  • Counsel to Agent, Salus Capital Partners, LLC, in connection with debtor-in-possession financing to NE Opco Inc. (d/b/a National Envelope). Named Restructuring Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor.
  • Counsel to Agent in connection with $400 million, multi-currency loan facility to leading environmental services company.
  • Counsel to Agent under $100 million revolving credit to world famous maker of musical instruments.
  • Counsel to bondholders in restructuring of companies in consumer products, home building and healthcare industries.
  • Regularly represent private equity funds throughout the United States in acquisition, cash-flow and multi-tranche credit facilities.

Publications and Presentations

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Ventola is a member of the Firm’s Executive and Hiring Committees.  He is active in the Commercial Finance Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association and the Bankruptcy Section of the Boston Bar Association. 

He lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.

Education & Credentials

Boston College Law School
JD, 1994, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Boston College
BS, 1990, magna cum laude



New York

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