John F. Ventola

Practice Group Leader - Finance & Restructuring

John Ventola is co-chair of the firm's Finance & Restructuring Group, which is ranked by Chambers USA as one of the leading practices of its kind. 

Mr. Ventola has practiced in the finance and restructuring industry for more than 20 years and was recently named one of the world’s leading bankruptcy attorneys by Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers.  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.

Bankruptcy & Restructuring: assist primary stakeholders in 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.

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

Representative Engagements

  • Counsel to ABL DIP Agent, in the Chapter 11 and Canadian insolvency proceedings of Performance Sports Group.
  • Counsel to DIP Agent in connection with $ 100 million debtor-in-possession credit facility provided to Pacific Sunwear, Inc.
  • Counsel to Agent, 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.
  • Counsel to Examiner, Gitto Global Corporation, Organogenesis, Inc.
  • $88 million debtor in possession financing facility for national furniture retailer, counsel to Agent.
  • $90 million debtor in possession financing facility to global machine tool manufacturer, counsel to Agent.
  • $144.5 million acquisition/working capital facility for consumer products distributor, counsel to Agent.

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

US District Court, Northern District of New York