Offshore Drilling Contractor Valaris Files for Bankruptcy in the U.S.

Valaris PLC, a London-based offshore drilling contractor, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday in the U.S. with a proposed $6.5 billion debt-for-equity swap that hands over ownership of most of the company to creditors.

Valaris said the restructuring agreement it has struck with about half of its bondholders will help it eliminate nearly all of its liabilities. The company’s chapter 11 plan must be approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston.