Banking & Finance

Banking & Finance - California


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What the team is known for Highly impressive finance practice in the California market. Handles the complete needs of lenders and borrowers, including such matters as credit facilities, M&A finance and workouts and restructurings. Far-reaching expertise covers every significant industry sector including healthcare, technology, real estate and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Latham is strong and knowledgeable in the space."  

"Latham does a terrific job. It is one of our go-to firms for tricky scenarios."

Work highlights Represented GE Capital in providing Vestar Capital Partners with a $260 million first and second lien senior secured credit facility so that it could acquire Institutional Shareholder Services, the largest proxy advisory service in the world for institutional shareholders.

Acted for Wells Fargo in connection with a $1.1 billion term loan to Bally Technologies for its acquisition of SHFL Entertainment, a gaming product manufacturer.

Notable practitioners  

John Mendez handles a wide variety of transactions on behalf of lenders and borrowers, with an emphasis on leveraged transactions. He recently counseled UBS Securities as lead arranger and agent in providing Castle Harlan with $343 million financing for its acquisition of Tensar, a site development solutions provider. Sources speak highly of him: "He is practical, commercial, and has a good finger on the pulse of what's going on. Everything is reasonable and logical."

John Jameson has an excellent reputation in the realm of commercial law and handles numerous transactions ranging from working capital and asset-based loans to private debt offerings and debt restructurings. Sources describe him as "a very civil fellow and someone who understands how to get a deal done."

Gregory Robins is a “smart and commercial” finance partner who “brings to bear what's going on in the market and comes up with common sense solutions.” He recently acted for Floatel International, an operator of floating hotels, in connection with $970 million worth of credit facilities, including a structuring arrangement that enabled Floatel's individual lines of credit to be managed as a single entity.

Glen Collyer acts for lenders, borrowers and sponsors in an impressive range of transactions. He recently represented J.P. Morgan in a $2.6 billion debt refinancing of Pinnacle Entertainment that permitted the gaming company to acquire Ameristar Casinos.

Significant clients Citibank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo.

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What the team is known for High-caliber banking and finance team counseling lender and borrower clients including commercial banks, public companies and private equity funds. Matters handled range from asset-based and cash flow-based credit facilities to debt restructurings and M&A financing. Deep knowledge in many market sectors including media, hospitality, healthcare, gaming and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a really good understanding of what it is I'm trying to accomplish so I don't have to worry that they're not looking after my best interests."

"Skadden has a great group of lawyers. They're fantastic." 

Work highlights Represented Credit Suisse as agent of multiple lenders in two credit agreements totaling $380 million.

Advised Citibank in its provision of a $1 billion credit facility to Starwood Waypoint. 

Notable practitioners  

David Kitchen advises borrowers and lenders on a host of financing matters including credit facilities, private placements, recapitalizations and restructurings. He recently represented Citibank in relation to a $1 billion credit facility for Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, a lessor of single family homes.

Kristine Dunn works on many matters such as acquisition financings, bridge loans and restructurings. “From a client service perspective she is outstanding,” notes one source, continuing: “She catches all the issues that may be caught.” Dunn recently represented Onsite Rental Group, an Australian equipment lessor, in a cross-border dividend recapitalization consisting of a $320 million term loan and a $40 million revolving credit facility.

Significant clients Alexandria Real Estate Facilities, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley.

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What the team is known for Versatile Southern Californian finance team advising both lenders and borrowers on a broad spread of transactions including secured and unsecured credit facilities and high-yield bond issuances. Notable strength in acquisition financings for private equity firms seeking to expand their portfolios.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The Gibson folks are pretty stellar. If there was something I didn't know they were always really helpful and responsive."

"Gibson Dunn has a strong team." 

Work highlights Advised engineering and construction entity Aecom in connection with a $6 billion debt financing from Bank of America for its acquisition of URS.

Counseled TRI Pointe Homes in connection with the finance aspects of its $2.8 billion acquisition of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate.

Notable practitioners  

Global finance group cochair Linda Curtis is an “incredibly proficient, detail-oriented lawyer,” say sources. Curtis recently represented Aecom in connection with a $6 billion financing that enabled its acquisition of URS.

Cromwell Montgomery is a “fantastic” finance partner handling a variety of transactions including secured and unsecured credit facilities, debt offerings and debtor-in-possession financings. He recently acted for Jacobs Engineering, a leading construction company, in amending and restating a $1.6 billion credit agreement.

Senior associate Melissa Barshop is recognized for her expertise in a range of matters including secured and unsecured credit facilities, mezzanine loans, private placements and restructurings. She recently assisted TRI Pointe Homes with regards to its $2.8 billion acquisition of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate.

Significant clients Aurora Capital Group, Del Monte, Lazard, Standard Pacific, Wells Fargo.

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What the team is known for Highly respected debt finance team servicing the full legal needs of lender and borrower clients. Significant experience in the representation of private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in connection with acquisition financings, refinancings and sales.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are effective, efficient, smart, responsive, and they have very good teams supporting them. What makes the firm stand out is its ability to seamlessly pull together lawyers from across various practice groups."

"They are phenomenal lawyers. I enjoy negotiating with them. They are very organized and have their act together."

Work highlights Represented Golden Gate Capital in borrowing $430 million in order to acquire Red Lobster, a seafood restaurant chain.

Represented Oaktree Capital Management in providing $140 million debtor-in-possession financing to Furniture Brands, a bankrupt furniture manufacturer.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Kirkham represents lenders, borrowers and sponsors in a raft of transactions including secured and unsecured credit facilities, M&A financings and debt offerings. He recently acted on behalf of TA Associates in connection with a $65 million financing for its acquisition of Bomgar, a provider of remote technological support.

Samantha Good's broad practice encompasses secured and unsecured credit facilities, debtor-in-possession financings and restructurings. She is particularly noted for her expertise in relation to the financing needs of private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies and recently worked with Golden Gate Capital to obtain a $605 million financing for its acquisition of Phillips-Medisize.

David Nemecek's broad practice includes leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and restructurings. He recently represented TPG Growth in obtaining a $165 million credit facility for its acquisition of e.l.f. Cosmetics. He receives warm praise from interviewees, one of whom remarks: “Whatever we give him will get done right.”

Significant clients Golden Gate Capital, Hyland Software, Oaktree Capital Management, Sentinel Capital Partners, Vista Equity Partners.

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What the team is known for Impressive representation of institutional lenders, corporate borrowers and private equity sponsors in connection with the full suite of finance matters including cash-flow and asset-based credit facilities, M&A financings and regulatory compliance. Strong experience pertaining to numerous market sectors including manufacturing, technology, real estate and healthcare.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent. They are my go-to institution. Whenever I go into a situation and the world gets tough, the first thing everybody does is pull out the documents, so I have to make sure I have good documents, and Paul Hastings gives me that. I'd strongly recommend Paul Hastings to anybody."

"They take the deal from A to Z. I sleep better at night knowing they are representing me."

Work highlights Represented a group of financial institutions including Bank of America and Wells Fargo as lead arrangers and bookrunners of a $750 million term loan and a $1 billion revolving credit facility for Southwire Company. This enabled the wire and cable manufacturer to acquire Coleman Cable.

Represented TechCore, a $1 billion real estate fund managed by GI Partners on behalf of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, in connection with its acquisition of One Wilshire, a data center in downtown Los Angeles.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Burke is an accomplished lawyer whose work encompasses such matters as cash-flow and asset-based loans, recapitalizations and restructurings. One source comments: "He's always available, he's quick, he knows his stuff well and he always provides a practical response. I can get the legal part from anybody but knowing how to blend the legal with the practical realities of the world is what I really need."

Jennifer Yount chairs the finance and restructuring practice. Her work covers many aspects of finance but is particularly weighted towards cash-flow and asset-based lending. One client attests: "Jennifer's command of the law is beyond impressive. When she gets on the phone and I am against sophisticated counsel she sets my mind at rest because I know I am going to be protected."

Katherine Bell handles many kinds of commercial and corporate finance transactions including asset-based and cash-flow credit facilities and unitranche financings. "She is one of the most hard-working people and she really pushes for her clients," notes one impressed interviewee.

Jennifer Hildebrandt acts on behalf of lenders in a variety of transactions, among them leveraged financings, restructurings and multitranche and unitranche credit facilities. She recently advised Wells Fargo as co-agent and co-arranger in amending and restating a credit facility for H&E Equipment Services which included a $402.5 million senior secured asset-based revolver.

Senior counsel John Hilson is widely regarded to be a leading figure of the California banking and finance Bar. Sources describe him as a "strong" and "very bright" lawyer.

Significant clients Barclays, Carlyle, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo.

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What the team is known for Respected regional finance group represents clients in such transactions as acquisition financings, syndicated loans and asset-based loans. Partners pack a punch in a diverse set of market sectors including agriculture, IP, healthcare, aircraft and renewable energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Buchalter helped us and was very good at documenting everything appropriately. It is a top firm."

"If we ever give them a request they do a good job responding."

Notable practitioners  

Sources describe Ariel Berrios as "pleasant, likeable and practical." He recently represented Wells Fargo as agent in connection with a $35 million senior secured revolving credit facility for Yingli, a global solar panel manufacturer.

Anthony Callobre has worked on behalf of commercial banks, non-bank lenders and borrower clients on a vast array of transactions including syndicated loans, leveraged buyout loans, unitranche loans and term loans. He acted for Silicon Valley Bank in providing Rook Media with a $45 million term loan to permit it to acquire, a technology company. One source says “he's terrific; commercial, practical and good to work with.”

Robert Davidson represented Wells Fargo as agent with regards to a $20 million asset-based credit facility for Tolt Solutions, a technology advisory service for retailers. Clients note the guidance he offers during transactions, observing that “his follow up and follow through are excellent.”

William Schoenholz focuses his practice on syndicated loans, acquisition financing and factoring. Recently represented HSBC as agent in providing Ambiance with a $70 million credit facility. "He has a very deep knowledge of legal issues but at the same time takes a very practical approach to deals,” observes one source.

Significant clients Bank of America, Citibank, HSBC, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo.

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What the team is known for Debt finance team working on behalf of borrowers and lenders in a range of financings including first and second lien intercreditor agreements, private note placements, cross-border loans in Latin America and restructurings. Sector specific experience pertaining to transportation, technology, education, hospitality and mining.

Work highlights Represented Freeman Spogli and Investcorp in connection with the $425 million financing of its acquisition of TOTES Isotoner.

Represented MicroStar Logistics, a portfolio company of Freeman Spogli, in connection with its $255 million refinancing and recapitalization.

Notable practitioners  

Marshall Stoddard advises on commercial lending transactions relating to numerous sectors including transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and technology. Sources say: "He has a firm understanding of both legal and business issues. His experience is second to none."

Mark Spitzer is a “wonderful” commercial lawyer who represents lenders on such transactions as syndicated credit facilities, mezzanine loans, workouts and debtor-in-possession financings. He recently acted for OneWest Bank as agent and lead arranger in connection with a $90 million facility for Wingate Partners V, enabling its acquisition of MPI Products. 

Significant clients Bank of America, Medley Capital, OneWest Bank, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo.

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What the team is known for Longstanding banking and finance practice acting for an array of lenders and borrowers. Maintains a close relationship with leading lenders in the Native American gaming space where it has cultivated an enviable reputation handling complex credit and purchase agreements. Also noted for the work it carries out for large corporate clients obtaining credit to finance operations and acquisitions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Orrick is excellent - it has great resources. A big firm with a personal touch."

"The group's strongest qualities are depth of knowledge and the resources to reach out to other attorneys as needed when a certain specialty comes up where we need legal advice. Absolutely know our field and key issues."

Work highlights Advised Wells Fargo, one of the nation's biggest lenders to the Native America gaming sector, on more than $1.5 billion worth of loans to the gaming enterprises of Native American tribes.

Advised Credit Suisse as lead arranger and administrative agent of $405 million first and second lien credit facilities to the portfolio company of a private equity sponsor. The loans went towards refinancing debt and financing a one-off special dividend payment.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Benjamin is an experienced banking and finance lawyer and an expert in Native American lending. Sources speak highly of his commercial knowledge: “He is one of those lawyers who really understands the business aspects of a deal and we find that pretty valuable.”

Zachary Finley counsels lenders and borrowers on a range of financing matters including syndicated loans, refinancings and restructurings. He recently represented Credit Suisse as lead arranger and agent in connection with $405 million first and second lien credit facilities for a healthcare company in the portfolio of a private equity sponsor. One source describes him as “a pleasant and down-to-earth man whom I enjoy working with.”

Dolph Hellman handles a broad range of financial transactions on behalf of commercial clients and is especially esteemed for his representation of startup companies in venture debt financings. He recently acted on behalf of Levi Strauss in relation to obtaining an $850 million senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility from JPMorgan Chase.

Senior associate David Lin advises financial institutions on a range of matters including acquisition financing, recapitalization and restructuring. "He is very good with details," elaborates one source, who continues: "I enjoy working with David - he is very responsive and good at keeping me in the loop during a transaction."

Significant clients Bank of America, Gap, Levi Strauss, The Irvine Company, Wells Fargo.

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What the team is known for Midmarket finance practice representing clients on both sides of the table, including large commercial banks and private equity sponsors. Areas of strength include acquisition finance, debt refinancing and restructuring. Comprehensive capabilities in many sectors of the market including healthcare, telecommunications and gaming.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Proskauer has been phenomenal. They are very commercial and they know the space extremely well."

"They have a robust sponsor-side practice." 

Work highlights Negotiated a $2.75 billion credit agreement for American Realty Capital to enable its $11.2 billion acquisition of Cole Real Estate Investments.

Represented Ares Management in connection with a $560 million financing that went towards its $910 million acquisition of NVA Holdings, the parent company of National Veterinary Associates. 

Notable practitioners  

Steven Weise is a respected banking and finance lawyer who is widely acknowledged as a leading expert on the UCC. "People look for what he says about issues as a touchstone for what should be done," comments one.

Sandra Lee Montgomery handles a broad range of matters including leveraged buyouts, cash-flow and asset-based loans, and restructurings. Her experience includes acting for financial institutions and private equity funds, as well as diverse alternative lenders.

Significant clients Bank of America, Citibank, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo.

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What the team is known for Representation of clients on both the lender and borrower sides in a wide variety of undertakings. Admired for its representation of lenders keen to finance cutting-edge projects and of private equity sponsors increasing or decreasing their portfolios. Expertise encompasses such sectors as energy and healthcare.

Work highlights Represented Prime Healthcare Services as agent with regards to a $475 million revolving facility and term loan, the proceeds of which went towards refinancing debt, funding day-to-day operations and acquiring new companies in the future.

Advised GE Capital on extending a $60 million senior secured credit facility to Monrovia Nursery, a producer of potted plants. In addition advised GE Capital as agent with regards to a $50 million credit facility for Renretch Nitrogen Partners, a producer of plant fertilizer.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Rosenbaum heads the practice and counsels clients on a diverse array of transactions including asset-based and cash-flow credit facilities, restructurings and venture debt financings. Sources disclose that he “is really smart and understands the pitfalls of entering into financial transactions.”

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Moelis Capital Partners, Premier, TriplePoint Capital, Wells Fargo.

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What the team is known for Midmarket practice representing lender and borrower-side clients in transactions. Expertise pertaining to numerous industry sectors including healthcare, technology, transportation, manufacturing and energy.

What's new? Hamid Namazie, a respected debt finance partner, joined the practice from Buchalter Nemer in April 2014.

Work highlights Advised First American with respect to obtaining an amendment and restatement of an existing $700 million revolving credit facility. 

Counseled OSI Systems on amending and restating a $450 million revolving credit facility.

Notable practitioners  

Sources portray Gary Samson as "a very knowledgeable, practical lawyer." He is recognized for his representation of commercial lenders and often handles financings pertaining to the healthcare sector. 

Neil Rust represents lenders and borrowers with respect to syndicated and single-lender credit facilities, letters of credit and purchase agreements. "His technical skills are fantastic," observes one source.

Hamid Namazie advises lenders on a variety of matters including secured and unsecured credit facilities, workouts and debtor-in-possession financing. Sources note that he "has a good business gut" and is "easy to work with."

Significant clients Bank of America, First American, Guggenheim Partners, OSI Systems, Silicon Valley Bank.

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What the team is known for Works with lenders and borrowers on a variety of issues including credit facilities, securitizations and M&A financing. Particular prowess in financing renewable energy projects such as wind farms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very helpful, provide insight and are very timely and responsive."

"They do a very good job and understand the market well."

Work highlights Advised Textainer Group Holdings, a lessor of shipping containers, in connection with a $300.9 million public note offering to finance its international operations.

Advised Silicon Valley Bank on various loans to technology companies, including a $75 million restructured revolving credit facility for ShoreTel, a provider of telecommunications equipment.

Notable practitioners  

Jill Feldman chairs the firm's financial transactions team and is a key partner in the San Francisco office.

Significant clients American Pacific, Capricorn Investment Group, Clean Energy Fuels, HSBC, Island Bioenergy.

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What the team is known for Primarily lender-focused practice handling the full gamut of finance matters including intercreditor agreements, loan workouts and regulatory compliance. Well versed in all corners of the Californian market such as technology, healthcare and renewable energy projects. Additional niche expertise pertaining to casino finance in the Native American gaming sphere.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They tend to be very skilled lawyers and I always enjoy working with them."

"Top-notch firm and very well regarded in the industry."

Work highlights Advised HSBC as lead arranger and agent in connection with a $400 million syndicated senior credit facility for Semtech, a manufacturer of semiconductors.

Acted for MUFG Union Bank as lead arranger and agent in three asset-based credit facilities worth over $1 billion to aviation companies based on global and domestic aircraft and engine assets.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Carson concentrates on advising banks on such transactions as syndicated credit facilities, refinancings and mezzanine loans. “Peter is excellent,” enthuses one client, continuing: “He drives the process and always takes the lead."

Significant clients Bank of America, HSBC, MidCap Financial, US Bank, Wells Fargo.

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What the team is known for Respected practice providing lenders and borrowers with a broad range of legal advice including secured and unsecured credit facilities and recapitalizations. Demonstrates strength in establishing lines of credit for project finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very effective at what they do. They are well prepared and very professional."

"I found them to be very responsive and easy to deal with." 

Work highlights Advised Bank of America as agent with respect to a $200 million credit facility for Fabrinet, a provider of optical and electromechanical services. The facility was secured by assets in the United States, Hong Kong, Thailand and the Cayman Islands.

Acted for Ubiquiti Networks in obtaining a $150 million revolving credit facility from a syndicate of banks led by Wells Fargo.

Notable practitioners  

Pamela Martinson handles such transactions as syndicated and single-bank credit facilities, leveraged loans and securitizations for lenders, borrowers and sponsors. She recently represented DBD Credit Funding as agent on a $50 million syndicated secured second lien term loan to AliphCom.

Moshe Kupietzky heads the Californian corporate and finance group at Sidley. He represents parties on both sides of a range of matters including venture investments and acquisition financings. He recently advised Apro, a portfolio company of Fortress Investment Group, in connection with obtaining a $100 million revolving credit facility and term loan from a syndicate of banks agented by Wells Fargo.

Significant clients Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Pauline Stevens of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP handles a variety of financial transactions on behalf of lenders and borrowers such as leveraged financings and credit swaps. Sources deem her "wonderful, smart and knowledgeable."

Gregory Clore of Chapman and Cutler LLP centers his practice on the representation of lenders and borrowers in commercial transactions, restructurings and foreclosures. Market observers agree that "clients love him - he really stands out." 

Jill Matichak of Chapman and Cutler LLP acts for lenders in a variety of transactions ranging from secured and unsecured credit facilities to private placements and restructurings. "She will go the extra mile for clients and is extremely committed," notes on interviewee.

Mischi a Marca of Cooley LLP is considered to be "extremely knowledgeable" by market observers. He acts for lenders and borrowers with respect to such matters as acquisition financings, secured and unsecured credit facilities, bond offerings and restructurings.

Brian Kilb of Liner LLP is recognized for his strength in entertainment finance. Kilb routinely represents borrowers involved in media production and distribution.

Brian Newhouse of Mayer Brown LLP advises financial institutions on a range of matters including leveraged finance, regulatory compliance and debt restructurings. One observer attests: "He's fantastic and a pleasure to work with. I appreciate his technical skills."

Tom Baxter of O'Melveny & Myers LLP counsels companies and financial institutions with respect to such matters as leveraged buyouts, debtor-in-possession financings, restructurings and recapitalizations.

Svetlana Attestatova of Reed Smith LLP is noted by sources for her attention to detail. She represents lenders and borrowers with regard to transactions pertaining to a range of sectors including transportation, biotech and telecommunications. 

Bradley Crawford of Vedder Price handles such matters as cash-flow and asset-based loans and private bond placements. Sources say: "Brad is good at getting people to collaborate and work together and understand where we're coming from. With Brad you know you are in good hands."

Sources describe Gabriel Gregson of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as "detail oriented and smart." He represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies with regard to such matters as leveraged buyouts and first and second lien credit facilities.

Susan Alker of Winston & Strawn LLP advises financial institutions and financial service providers in connection with transactions such as syndicated credit facilities, leveraged acquisition financings and debtor-in-possession financings.

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