Our Finance Group is distinguished by its unusual breadth, with lawyers who focus on leveraged finance, multi-tranche finance (including mezzanine and other forms of junior capital), high-yield, and distressed lending (including debtor-in-possession and exit financings). They have deep experience across the market, with a particular focus on middle-market financings and large-scale leveraged buyouts. We also have lawyers who focus on specific industries such as healthcare finance and sports team and stadium finance.
Our clients include bulge bracket, middle-market and boutique investment banks, commercial banks, business development companies (BDCs), hedge funds, mezzanine funds, specialty finance companies, insurance companies, small business investment companies (SBICs), distressed funds, private equity funds and other commercial borrowers. We are versatile and represent both lenders and borrowers instead of focusing almost exclusively on either the borrower or lender side of the market.
With offices in major financial centers around the globe, our team is ideally positioned to represent clients on the ground in the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America. With more than 25 finance partners across the firm, we maintain a deep bench to service our clients. We are also supported by our colleagues in the firm’s industry groups, including health care, sports, technology, media and communications, and lodging and gaming.
The team has undergone a major expansion in recent years through both organic growth and lateral acquisitions of partners and associates from other top-tier finance firms.
Our practice has been widely recognized: Chambers USA calls us “a vibrant finance practice with excellent depth and breadth” and ranks our practice and our individual lawyers as leaders in their fields. US Legal 500 recognized our lawyers for their “unique combination of expertise and responsiveness” and our “focus on problem solving” and also commended us for our “sophisticated practice” and our “deep understanding of the market.” Chambers Global emphasized our geographic footprint, noting our established U.S. platform, strong Latin America Group and growing Asia presence.
Areas of Focus
Ares Management in the $870 million financing to acquire Smart & Final, a warehouse retailer
Celgene Corporation in a $1.5 billion revolving credit facility
Fifth Street Finance Corp. in the financing of its portfolio company acquisition of Healthcare Finance Group, a specialty lender providing asset based lending and term loan products to the health care industry
The New York Jets and other entities in the lease, development and financing of a $1.6 billion National Football League stadium, the largest financing of its kind
Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. on the establishment of a $400 million revolving credit facility as well as a Colombia peso equivalent revolving credit facility in the amount of $300 million
Sankaty Advisors, LLC and its affiliates in a $400 million first out/last out unitranche financing, the proceeds of which were used to finance, in part, the take-private acquisition of a publicly traded mobile broadband solutions provider