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A logo sign outside of a facility occupied by Avaya Inc., in Billerica, Massachusetts on August 14, 2016.A logo sign outside of a facility occupied by Avaya Inc., in Billerica, Massachusetts on August 14, 2016. (Photo: Tripplaar Kristoffer/SIPA)

In an effort to shed some of its $6.3 billion debt load, telecommunications equipment company Avaya Inc. filed for bankruptcy Thursday in New York.

Kirkland & Ellis restructuring partner Jonathan Henes in New York has taken the lead representing Avaya in a Chapter 11 case that was sent to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil—a former senior litigation partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett who took the bench last year—before being reassigned to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein.

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