Sara Coelho

Sara Coelho


Sara provides comprehensive finance advice in financial restructuring and lending in private credit, direct lending, and specialty finance transactions.

Sara’s financial restructuring practice focuses on restructuring and debtor-creditor rights. She represents companies, creditors and creditor groups, acquirers, equity owners and other investors in a wide range of matters, including financing arrangements, risk mitigation and planning, acquisitions of distressed or reorganized companies, liability management transactions, chapter 11 and out-of-court restructurings, cross-border insolvencies, resolution planning, and other matters.

Sara’s finance experience includes acting for creditors and agents on a variety of private credit, direct lending and special situation financings, for both acquisition, capital refinancing and liquidity management-related purposes, across a range of sectors, as well as DIP financings and exit financings. Sara’s combination of experience gives perspective into the needs of borrowers and lenders alike, and a unique ability to craft credit solutions to meet a wide range of financial and operational needs of individual businesses.


Representative matters

Bank of America, as Administrative Agent and Lead Arranger, in connection with Bank of America arranging the acquisition financing for MedImpact Healthcare Systems’ acquisition of Rite Aid’s “Elixir” PBM business in a Section 363 asset sale as part of Rite Aid's Ch. 11 cases in the District of New Jersey.

Brookfield on new debt financing facility for PosiGen—a residential solar provider—to support future asset growth and fuel nationwide expansion.

Brookfield on financing a portfolio of community solar projects developed by ClearPath Energy, which will allow for the expansion of ClearPath’s existing pipeline and acceleration of late-stage development. 

Greenidge Generation Holdings—a bitcoin mining and power generation company—in the restructuring of its debt and business, including the transfer of a significant portion of its mining rigs to NYDIG, its equipment lender, in exchange for significant debt reduction, a new financing agreement, and 5-year hosting arrangements with NYDIG.



New York State (Second Dept)-NY-State - Bar Admitted, 2008


Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
J.D., Cornell University, 2006
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.