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Banking & Finance


Banking & Finance - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York. 

What the team is known for Premier firm for banks, non-bank lenders, private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers. Advises on a wide range of transactional matters in industries such as technology, automobiles, healthcare, gaming and construction. Notable prowess in leveraged finance, in which the team represents lenders in syndicated credit facilities and acquisition financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Cahill is probably the best US law firm in terms of leveraged finance; they have the most deals and they really focus on advising banks."

"They're able to deliver high-quality legal services on a global basis and to the client's timetable."

Work highlights Represented lenders, including Credit Suisse, in a deal to provide Blackstone with financing for its $5.4 billion acquisition of Gates Global.

Acted on behalf of Deutsche Bank and Barclays as lead arrangers and agents of a $2.6 billion multicurrency credit facility for Amaya Gaming Group, the proceeds of which financed the acquisition of Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and FullTiltPoker.

Notable practitioners  

James Clark is held in high regard by sources, who remark that "he is absolutely first-class." He advises investment banks and companies on transactional matters such as debt offerings, syndicated loans and debt restructurings. 

William Hartnett chairs the firm's executive committee and counsels banks and companies on a spread of matters including M&A, restructurings and note offerings. Sources say he has an amazing practice and "does an outstanding job on the corporate side."

The "excellent" Jonathan Schaffzin acts for banks, companies and private equity sponsors in connection with debt and equity financings, M&A and debt restructurings. He has complementary expertise advising on capital market transactions.

Daniel Zubkoff represents financing sources and recipients in transactions ranging from acquisition financings to debt offerings and restructurings. "He has always been very helpful," comments one source, "somebody who likes to get the deal done and has a lot to bring to bear."

The "excellent" Adam Dworkin advises lenders and borrowers on financings, refinancings, restructurings and debt offerings. He has notable prowess in leveraged finance. His recent work includes advising Citibank in relation to a $500 million credit facility.

Ann Makich handles a broad workload on behalf of banks and funds, with an emphasis on leveraged finance. She recently represented Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley as lead arrangers of a $1.485 billion credit facility for Skillsoft.

William Miller represents investment and commercial banks and public and private companies in financial transactions, concentrating on leveraged financings involving syndicated loans and note offerings. He is praised for being "incredibly practical and commercial."

Corey Wright carries out work including financings, refinancings and debt offerings and restructurings. Sources value his "calm and reasonable" approach, with one calling him a "talented up-and-coming lawyer."

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Deep bench of banking lawyers representing leading financial institutions and corporate clients. Advises on a broad spectrum of commercial lending transactions including acquisition financings, recapitalizations, workouts and restructurings. Notable expertise on challenging cross-border financings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Cravath is great. They are just super-smart, give great client service, they are efficient and good thinkers."

"I consistently find them to be the smartest and most on the ball in terms of their product knowledge."

Work highlights Advised Credit Suisse in its role as lead arranger of $8.3 billion credit facilities to Community Health Systems. The deal allowed CHS to acquire Health Management Associates.

Represented Mineral Technologies in obtaining financing for its $1.7 billion acquisition of AMCOL International.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" James Cooper counsels institutional lenders and corporate borrowers on domestic and global transactions including recapitalizations, acquisition financings and syndicated credit facilities.

Michael Goldman heads the commercial banking group and advises clients on a variety of financial issues including syndicated loans, leveraged financings and note offerings. "He's one of the smartest, most responsive and creative lawyers in the leveraged finance business," observes one source.

Robbins Kiessling advises financial institutions on matters such as syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings and restructurings. Sources describe him as "very bright and responsive."

Jed Zobitz represents banks and borrowers in relation to syndicated financings, M&A and securities. Sources praise him and note that he is a strong banking and finance practitioner.

Allen Parker is an experienced finance partner who has worked on a variety of banking transactions including syndicated loans, acquisition financings and recapitalizations. "Allen Parker is the real deal," imparts one source; "he's thoughtful, creative and knows how to get deals done."

Tatiana Lapushchik is a "really talented" banking lawyer who counsels lenders, borrowers and sponsors with respect to financing for acquisitions, recapitalizations, spin-outs and debt restructurings.

Significant clients Bank of America, JP Morgan, DreamWorks, Goldman Sachs, Time Warner.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Handles a diverse array of matters for corporations and financial institutions, including leveraged financings, structured financings, debtor-in-possession financings, bridge loans and debt restructurings. Benefits from a wide geographic scope and cross-border expertise, especially in Asia and Europe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Davis Polk is first-class and has excellent lawyers." 

Work highlights Acted for Ford in amending and expanding an existing revolving credit facility to a total value of approximately $12.2 billion.

Represented a syndicate of banks, led by JPMorgan Chase, in connection with a $3.3 billion term loan and an $8 billion revolving credit facility for Verizon. The deal will allow the telecommunications company to finance operations and refinance debt.

Notable practitioners  

James Florack co-heads the global credit group and heads the Latin American banking and finance practice. He is an experienced handler of intercreditor agreements such as high-yield debt offerings, acquisition financings and structured financings.

The "great" Sartaj Gill represents financial institutions and corporate clients on a variety of matters, with a focus on leveraged finance. He recently advised Credit Suisse on a $943.5 million refinancing of a term loan for Verint Systems.

The "talented" Jason Kyrwood represents clients on both sides of credit transactions and advises on a range of matters including bridge loans and acquisition financings. Sources note him as a "rising star" in the New York banking world.

Lawrence Wieman advises lenders and borrowers on an array of financing matters including secured and unsecured credit facilities, workouts, restructurings and derivatives. He recently represented Ford in amending and restating a $12.2 billion revolving credit facility.

Joseph Hadley is an experienced practitioner with a wealth of experience advising on intercreditor agreements. He has acted for corporates in sectors such as energy, real estate and telecommunications and is noted for being "calm, reasonable and knowledgeable."

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Ford, Morgan Stanley, PepsiCo.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Distinguished banking and finance practice which advises a superlative roster of clients including both lenders and sponsors. Draws on a comprehensive understanding of the space to handle a full range of work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Simpson Thacher is very practical and results-oriented. Its clients get good representation."

"Simpson Thacher is strong on the private equity side as well as the lending side."

Work highlights Represented Blackstone in connection with financing its $5.4 billion acquisition of Gates Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial and automotive belts and hoses.

Represented Hellman & Friedman in connection with financing its $1.1 billion acquisition of Renaissance Learning, an educational assessment company.

Notable practitioners  

James Cross represents financial institutions and public companies in a variety of transactions, with an emphasis on leveraged acquisition financings. "James is the gold standard in US financing," imparts one source; "he is one of the most experienced financing lawyers that exists on the planet."

James Knight represents lenders and borrowers in connection with a raft of banking matters, notably debt financing for acquisitions. He is a well-known presence in the area, with one source calling him "an excellent lawyer."

Patrick Ryan heads the global banking and credit practice and attends to the legal needs of corporations and financial institutions. Sources value his depth of knowledge and commercial approach.

Alden Millard advises lenders and borrowers on acquisition financing, recapitalization and the refinancing of debt. He recently represented Blackstone in financing its $5.4 billion acquisition of Gates, a manufacturer of industrial products.

Brian Steinhardt counsels companies and private equity sponsors on transactions such as bridge loans and acquisition financings. He is notable for his work on energy finance. Recent highlights include working with American Tire Distributors to finance its acquisition of Hercules Tire & Rubber.

Jennifer Hobbs "has an excellent reputation" for advising corporations and private equity sponsors with respect to leveraged finance matters. She is well known in the market for her work for the investment giant Silver Lake.

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, KKR, Deutsche Bank, Emerald Expositions, UBS.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Chicago.

What the team is known for Advising borrowers and lenders on the full suite of financial transactions, including secured and unsecured credit agreements, high-yield offerings and debt restructuring. Deep experience acting for private equity funds and their portfolio companies on syndicated financings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very efficient and they showed a lot of intuition, which was great."

"They are businesspeople first, lawyers second. They stay focused on the business objective, and rarely get lost in the legal minutiae."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Burger King in obtaining $9.5 billion of senior secured credit facilities for its $13.4 billion acquisition of Tim Hortons.

Represented Zebra Technologies on a deal that saw the group obtain financing to acquire Motorola Solutions, the enterprise arm of Motorola, for $3.45 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Jay Ptashek is an accomplished banking and finance partner who regularly works on leveraged acquisition finance as well as corporate finance and restructuring efforts. His impressive client list includes private equity stalwarts such as Blackstone.

Chicago-based Linda Myers leads the debt finance practice group. She advises lenders, companies and private equity sponsors in connection with debt financing matters such as LBOs and public offerings.

Christopher Butler advises lenders, companies and private equity sponsors on acquisition financings, as well as loan workouts and restructurings. One impressed client says: "He is the best in the business on the credit side because of his knowledge of the market."

Sources commend Ashley Gregory's "user-friendly demeanor, availability and commerciality." She represents borrowers and private equity sponsors in financial transactions. One impressed source calls her "a true expert in corporate finance transactions."

Significant clients Bain Capital, Blackstone, The Carlyle Group, Energy Future Holdings, Vista Equity Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Handling a wide spectrum of matters on behalf of lenders, borrowers and sponsors. Notable for its sector expertise in healthcare, manufacturing, energy, mining and automobiles. Also known for its innovation, as demonstrated by its role on 'yieldco' developments in the energy sector. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"There is strength and value there across their entire deal team; it's a great leveraged finance practice that represents the major banks."

"They have a deep bench, so that across the board from associate to partner level there is no drop-off in quality."

Work highlights Represented a syndicate of banks in providing Altice and its French subsidiary Numericable with EUR4.75 billion financing. This, alongside a EUR12 billion bond offering by Numericable, permitted Altice to acquire SFR, a leading French telecommunications provider.

Advised The Carlyle Group on obtaining a $2.525 billion revolving and term credit facility which allowed it to acquire the medical testing product developer Ortho Clinical Diagnostics.

Notable practitioners  

Michèle Penzer represents lenders and companies in relation to leveraged finance transactions. Sources depict her as "terrific and very commercial." She is notable for her work in the energy space and on cross-border transactions.

Christopher Plaut provides banks and borrowers with advice on areas such as acquisition financing, debtor-in-possession financing and loan workouts. "He is a fantastic attorney," enthuses one source, while another says he is "very client-friendly and well versed in technical aspects of finance."

David Crumbaugh is a seasoned banking and finance lawyer who represents commercial lenders in connection with cross-border secured transactions such as LBOs and refinancings. Source say: "He has a stellar reputation for being excellent and responsive."

Daniel Seale acts for lender and borrower clients on a variety of matters including M&A-related activity. He recently advised Actavis, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, on obtaining $4.9 billion financing for its acquisition of Forest Laboratories.

Significant clients Amazon.com, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Handling financing matters for clients in the USA and around the world. High-class team skilled in many areas including syndicated credit facilities, high-yield bond offerings and restructurings. Continues to lead the market in the representation of lead arrangers in leveraged finance transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is top-notch and I would have no hesitation in recommending them. Excellent client service."

"They are very responsive and very prompt. There is not much lag time between us needing an answer and Cleary providing the answer."

Work highlights Counseled TPG Capital on several transactions, including obtaining $920 million financing in order to acquire Envision Pharmaceuticals and $1.2 billion financing in order to acquire DTZ.

Advised Harland Clarke on obtaining $1.485 billion financing for its takeover of Valassis Communications.

Notable practitioners  

Laurent Alpert represents US and international financial institutions, companies and private equity firms on acquisition financings, bridge loans and securities offerings. He is "very client-friendly" and "very helpful" according to sources, who also note that "he takes the time to explain thoroughly the implications of the key terms of agreements."

Banking and finance partner Margaret Peponis concentrates on debt financings involving LBOs and high-yield bond issuances. Sources note her "unparalleled subject matter knowledge and expertise."

Significant clients Alcoa, Medtronic, Ports America, Suntory, Warburg Pincus.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Formidable practice that advises clients on both obtaining and providing capital. Focuses on structuring, negotiating and documenting leveraged finance transactions. Its borrower clients include a raft of household-name corporates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"All of the folks that I have worked with are extremely capable, from the partners to the senior associates. It is a top-notch firm, very good, very responsive."

"They know what they are doing, they are thoughtful and they listen to you. I have always had good experiences with them."

Work highlights Represented Clayton, Dubilier & Rice with regards to financing its $2.5 billion acquisition of Brand and Harsco and the subsequent merging of the two entities to create one of the largest infrastructure companies in the world.

Assisted Hertz in raising $2.5 billion by spinning off its equipment rental business, the proceeds of which will be used to repurchase shares and refinance debt.

Notable practitioners  

David Brittenham heads Debevoise's finance department. He has a wealth of experience relating to leveraged finance transactions and he garners praise for his "encyclopedic knowledge" of the area. 

William Beekman is an experienced finance partner who works on a range of matters including acquisition financings, structured financings and high-yield debt offerings. He is "easy to work with," said one interviewee, "because he gets right to the point."

Paul Brusiloff handles financings, recapitalizations and restructurings. He recently acted for Altegrity with respect to $2 billion of credit facilities and notes aimed at refinancing and restructuring debt.

Jeffrey Ross advises clients on acquisitions involving leveraged financings. "I find him to be very creative and very commercial," comments one client, while another says: "He goes the extra mile to make sure that we have thought through all the issues."

Significant clients American Airlines, Getty Images, The Carlyle Group, Tribune Company, Verizon, Warner Music Group.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Advising financial institutions, investors, private equity sponsors and borrowers. Broad range of transactional and regulatory matters handled, with acquisition financing being one notable area of strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very pragmatic as well as being good communicators. They contribute to an efficient process where the results are far above industry standards."

"They have been extremely helpful. I am very happy with them."  

Work highlights Advised BBVA, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and Nomura as joint lead arrangers and bookrunners of a $4.8 billion credit facility and a $1 billion note offering for Grifols, a Spanish pharmaceutical company.

Acted for Barclays, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, ING, Natixis and Nomura as joint lead arrangers and bookrunners of credit facilities for Clayton, Dubilier and Rice in connection with its $1.2 billion acquisition of the Mauser Group, a German industrial packaging company.

Notable practitioners  

Marc Hanrahan leads the leveraged finance practice. He concentrates on representing lenders in senior lending transactions such as acquisition financings. He is widely praised as one of the leading lawyers in the market.

Significant clients Anchorage Capital, Centerbridge, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Silver Point Capital.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Wide-ranging practice that represents lenders and borrowers on everything from acquisition financings, term loans and bridge loans to regulatory compliance and restructuring. Also notable in energy finance with offices in numerous global energy hubs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their attitude toward deals is constructive and they find ways to get a good answer, which helps to keep fees down."

Work highlights Represented a syndicate of banks in connection with the amendment and restatement of a $3 billion credit agreement with Valero Energy.

Represented David Murdock, CEO and largest shareholder of Dole Food, in connection with his $1.6 billion reacquisition of Dole.

Notable practitioners  

Senior counsel John Hilson "has been a premier finance lawyer for years," according to sources, who also note that he is "very smart" and "very impressive."

Michael Michetti specializes in leveraged finance and acts for banks and broker-dealers in connection with matters such as syndicated credit facilities, recapitalizations, high-yield offerings and consent solicitations. According to sources he has "an extremely good handle on market terms."

Michael Baker represents lenders and borrowers in connection with leveraged financings, structured financings, workouts and restructurings. He is considered to be "smart, great to work with and good at finding solutions."

Significant clients Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Boston.

What the team is known for Borrower-focused practice with complementary strength advising private equity sponsors. Exhibits strength in such areas as securitizations and regulatory compliance. Its client base includes many of the leading private equity shops in the market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an integrated view of all the opportunities across the capital structure, they are thoughtful and creative in terms of alternatives and they work effectively on tight timelines."

"The best thing about Ropes is the strength and consistency among the partners. Ropes is one of the best financing law firms out there."

Work highlights Advised Blackstone in connection with borrowing $350 million for its acquisition of Pactera, the largest technology outsourcing company in China.

Represented Berkshire Partners with respect to obtaining $1.84 billion worth of financing, consisting of first and second-lien credit facilities and a note offering, for its acquisition of Catalina Marketing.

Notable practitioners  

Jay Kim represents banks, funds, companies and private equity sponsors in financing transactions such as LBOs and high-yield debt offerings. Clients portray him as "very thoughtful, very effective and very creative." 

Byung Choi advises clients on an array of leveraged financings, from high-yield debt offerings to syndicated credit facilities. Sources praise his depth of knowledge and experience.

Significant clients Madison Dearborn, TPG Capital, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, TPG, Bain Capital.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Full-service finance practice which advises lender and borrower clients from all corners of the world. Regularly handles a full range of matters in the space including bond offerings and leveraged financings. Clients include major global financial institutions. 

Work highlights Advised Credit Suisse on providing GTECH with $10.7 billion to finance its acquisition of IGT.

Worked with the joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners and agent on amending and restating a $2.1 billion credit agreement with Sealed Air.

Notable practitioners  

Maura O'Sullivan is, according to sources, "definitely the real deal." She advises lenders and borrowers on acquisition financing and debt restructuring.

Joshua Thompson chairs the firm's US finance practice. He handles a broad spectrum of financial transactions and recently represented Intercontinental Exchange Group with regard to obtaining a $3 billion multicurrency revolving credit facility.

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi, Morgan Stanley, Symphony Technology Group.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Enviable client base which includes some of the leading global investment banks. Diverse array of expertise encompassing matters such as credit agreements, bridge loans, recapitalizations and restructurings. Adept at Transatlantic acquisition financing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Weil has a deep financing bench and is one of the top firms." 

"They've done a fabulous job. I was always happy to have them alongside me."

Work highlights Counseled Barclays and Goldman Sachs in connection with a $7.2 billion bridge loan to Exelon for its purchase of Pepco Holdings.

Assisted CCMP Capital Advisors in obtaining $620 million financing for its acquisition of The Hilman Group, a distributor of hardware merchandise.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Dokos heads the global finance practice and advises lender and borrower clients on an array of transactions, particularly those concerning cross-border financing. He recently represented Barclays and Credit Suisse as joint arrangers of $1 billion credit facilities to fund the merger of Chesapeake Services and Multi Packaging Solutions.

The "excellent" Douglas Urquhart represents lenders and borrowers on a full range of finance matters. Sources praise his pragmatism with his lender-side work coming in for particular commendation.

Andrew Yoon advises borrowers, lenders and sponsors on acquisition financing, term loans and the restructuring of debt. He represented Thomas H Lee Partners in borrowing $480 million so as to acquire 1-800 CONTACTS, a supplier of contact lenses.

Morgan Bale is regarded by sources as "very good, focused, and easy to deal with." He advises lenders and borrowers on a variety of financial matters including secured and unsecured credit facilities, debtor-in-possession financings and restructurings.

Significant clients Advent International, Citi, Morgan Stanley, Providence Equity Partners, Macquarie.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Miami.

What the team is known for Prominent finance practice which covers all bases for lenders, borrowers and sponsors at regional, national and international level. Work ranges from syndicated credit facilities for leveraged acquisition financings to debtor-in-possession financings and workouts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extremely talented and deep bench with close partner attention and personnel consistency from deal to deal."

"Very methodical, very conscientious advisers to their banking clients."

Work highlights Acted for Deutsche Bank as agent and joint lead arranger of $430 million financing for Golden Gate Capital, consisting of a $380 million term loan and a $50 million revolving credit facility, which enabled the acquisition of Red Lobster.

Represented Jefferies Finance as agent and joint lead arranger of $590 million financing for Cinven Partners. The deal was aimed at funding the acquisition of Medpace Holdings, a clinical research company.

Notable practitioners  

David Bilkis is a distinguished finance partner who represents banks and borrowers in connection with leveraged financings. Sources say: "He is a seasoned practitioner and can help you get the best deal."

David Joyce handles a wide range of finance matters on behalf of lenders, borrowers and sponsors. He advises clients in a number of sectors with notable strength in shipping.

Eric Leicht heads the Americas banking group and advises commercial and investment banks with the full range of transactions. He is commended for "his incredibly ability to take complex issues and boil them down to something simple."

The "excellent" David Koschik represents financial institutions in connection with commercial lending transactions, with an emphasis on leveraged financings.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Harvest Partners, Morgan Stanley, Nordea, Bank of China.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Strength on acquisition financing for standout private equity clients, with notable activity on cross-border deals. Also noteworthy for its work with borrowers and commercial lenders on a full range of banking matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think the lawyers are very knowledgeable. We are pleased with the representation."

Work highlights Counseled Interline with respect to obtaining a $350 million first-lien term loan and refinancing and expanding its existing $275 million asset-based credit facility.

Counseled Merck on refinancing a $4 billion revolving credit facility with a new $6 billion revolving credit facility.

Notable practitioners  

William Reindel is an accomplished finance lawyer who specializes in lending transactions. "I have nothing but good things to say about him," remarks one source; "he is very thoughtful, creative and a pleasure to work with."

Emil Buchman counsels lenders and borrowers on M&A, LBOs and recapitalizations. He recently advised Bank of America on expanding a credit facility for Altisource Solutions to $600 million.

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Permira, Procter & Gamble.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York.

What the team is known for Private equity and borrower-focused practice that is strong in debt finance and the structuring and negotiation of syndicated credit facilities for acquisitions and recapitalizations. Regularly works on loan workout and restructuring situations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very strong folks on the financing side - they are experienced, commercial and practical and represent us well as we enter into transactions."

"The team is excellent in terms of scrubbing through all the details and getting favorable terms."

Work highlights Acted for Revlon in connection with a $700 million expansion of its existing term loan in order to acquire Colomer, a Spanish cosmetics company.

Represented The Bon-Ton Department Stores in connection with amending its existing $675 million asset-backed revolving credit facility.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Gregory Ezring serves a range of clients including private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies. His work is broad and includes matters relating to M&A, restructurings of debt and public equity offerings.

Eric Goodison advises borrowers on the full suite of finance matters including leveraged financings, workouts and restructurings. "Eric is excellent," one commentator says; "he exercises good judgment and he has good market knowledge."

Significant clients Apollo Global Management, Kohlberg, General Atlantic, Oak Hill Capital, Silver Point Finance.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Advises lenders and borrowers in the USA and around the world including commercial and investment banks, hedge funds and private equity sponsors. Wide spectrum of financing matters covered including first and second-lien credit facilities, private placements and senior and subordinated bridge financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Good at providing advice on structuring. They provide quality work and documentation."

Work highlights Represented Valeant Pharmaceuticals in connection with obtaining a $21 billion financing  in order to acquire Allergan, a global pharmaceutical company.

Advised Joh. A. Benckiser on obtaining an $11 billion credit facility in order to merge the coffee business of Mondelez International with its existing business D.E. Master Blenders 1753, creating the largest coffee company in the world.

Notable practitioners  

Sal Guerrera focuses on advising lenders but has complementary experience of working with corporates. He covers the full range of work including M&A, cash flow and asset-based credit facilities and workouts. "Sal reads every word of every document," reports one client; "he is really a fantastic lawyer."

Sources consider David Reamer "calm and methodical." He represents lenders and borrowers on matters in sectors including manufacturing, energy, telecommunications and real estate.

Sarah Ward represents sources and recipients of credit in leveraged financings, restructurings and workouts. Commentators admire her commercial approach and praise her ability to "take legal concepts and relate them to the business side of things." 

Robert Copen represents lenders and borrowers in connection with a broad spectrum of financial transactions. He recently acted for Valeant Pharmaceuticals in obtaining a $21 billion debt commitment for its acquisition of Allergan.

Significant clients Barclays, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, TPG Capital, Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices included New York and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Working with clients on both the lender and borrower sides of transactions, with strong capabilities in acquisition finance and high-yield debt offerings, among other matters. Noted for its regulatory compliance ability, with strength advising on anti-money laundering and state and federal investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have been fantastic. I thought they were great, thorough, thoughtful and creative."

"The lawyers at Gibson Dunn work hard to find appropriate solutions. They understand not just the other side's arguments but their positions and what is important to them."

Work highlights Advised The Williams Companies, an oil and gas pipeline group, on obtaining a $5.995 billion bridge loan in order to acquire interests in Access Midstream Partners. 

Represented Lone Star Funds in connection with obtaining $1.3 billion financing, consisting of a $125 million asset-based credit facility and an $800 million high-yield note offering, for its acquisition of DFC Global.

Notable practitioners  

Janet Vance represents lenders and borrowers in connection with a wide range of financings including secured and unsecured credit facilities, syndicated loans, first and second-lien financings, and mezzanine loans. "I think she is brilliant," imparts one client; "it is amazing what she was able to accomplish for us."

Aaron Adams is a "terrific" business finance lawyer who acts for borrowers and lenders with respect to a number of matters including term loans, bridge loans, acquisition financings, note issuances, mezzanine financings and debt restructuring.

Significant clients Callaway Golf, Credit Suisse, Hewlett-Packard, Lazard, Marriott.

Band 5 | Linklaters

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Advising corporations and financial institutions in the USA and around the globe. Broad workload ranging from leveraged finance and securities offerings to restructuring and insolvency. Seamless integration between lawyers in different jurisdictions with European and Asian offices supporting US affiliates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We see them as top in terms of quality. Their level of quality and our experience with the firm has set the bar."

Work highlights Represented Grupo Schahin in selling and leasing back two Brazilian deepwater drilling units worth $1.08 billion to ICBCL, a Chinese leasing company.

Counseled Noble Americas on providing PetroEcuador with a $1 billion term loan guaranteed by the Ecuadorian government, as part of which PetroEcuador is obliged to purchase energy product derivatives from Noble.

Notable practitioners  

Jeff Norton leads the banking practice and has a strong reputation for representing borrowers and lenders in domestic and global financial transactions such as acquisition financings, high-yield debt issuances and restructurings.

Michael Bassett handles a variety of undertakings on behalf of lenders and borrowers including LBOs, private placements of debt and restructurings. He has notable expertise in the energy sector including financing offshore oil and gas facilities.

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, MetLife, RBS, Wilmington Trust.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for High-caliber team of banking and finance lawyers handling transactions on behalf of lenders and borrowers. Work ranges from debt financings to restructurings and includes advice across the USA and the rest of the world. Sector specialties include entertainment and retail. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"These guys are terrific. This is where we go when we're looking for a secret weapon." 

What's new? Morgan Lewis recently welcomed a number of practitioners from Bingham McCutchen, including most of the latter firm's finance team.

Work highlights Acted for Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts in obtaining $1.875 billion financing from German American Capital, consisting of a secured mortgage loan and two mezzanine loans.

Represented Greenfield Partners in connection with the securitization of a $460 million credit facility previously obtained from JPMorgan Chase and German American Capital.

Notable practitioners  

Marshall Stoddard is held in high regard by sources. He cochairs the finance and restructuring practice and has extensive experience handling matters ranging from cash flow-based and asset-based credit facilities to refinancings and restructurings.

Edwin Smith is a "unique and outstanding talent" and a leading expert on matters involving the UCC. "Ed's wisdom and strategic guidance have been invaluable," comment market observers. "We appreciate his attention to detail."

Rick Eisenbiegler represents lending and borrowing clients in connection with a wide range of matters including debt and equity financings, workouts and restructurings. "Rick is extremely detail-oriented, diligent and intelligent," remarks one source. "He's a very valuable resource."

Thomas Mellor is lauded by interviewees for his "deep knowledge of corporate credit structures." He advises financial institutions in relation to debt finance transactions, with a particular focus on cross-border loans in the Latin American market.

Significant clients Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, GE Capital, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Dallas and Chicago.

What the team is known for Notable for its expertise in industries such as energy, insurance and healthcare. Handles full range of matters including syndicated and leveraged loans, regulatory compliance, restructurings and litigation. Strength in structured financings secured by assets such as agricultural produce, livestock, metals and energy.

Work highlights Advised Wells Fargo with regards to a $4.6 billion multicurrency credit facility for ARC Properties Operating Partnership, the proceeds of which financed acquisitions and recapitalization.

Represented JPMorgan Chase as agent with respect to a $1.5 billion multicurrency credit facility for International Paper.

Notable practitioners  

Angela Fontana advises providers and users of credit in connection with transactions and restructurings. She has represented Darling Ingredients in several matters, including obtaining credit facilities worth $1.1 billion to finance the acquisition of Rothsay and credit facilities worth $1.55 billion to finance the acquisition of VION Ingredients.

James Clark is a leading commercial finance lawyer. He provides legal services to borrowers, funds and banks pertaining to leveraged finance, workouts and restructurings.

Significant clients Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, GE Capital, Citi, RBS.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Esteemed finance team with a rounded list of clients on both sides of transactions. Handles credit agreements of all kinds and also advises financial institutions in connection with insurance, asset management and the implications of regulatory reform.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a full-service practice, as good as it gets, top-notch."

Work highlights Represented Amgen in connection with financing its $10.5 billion acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceutical, including obtaining $3.1 billion structured financing from Bank of America and $5 billion term and bridge loan financing from a syndicate of banks.

Advised Chrysler Group with respect to its $5 billion refinancing, consisting of an amended $250 million term loan, a new $1.75 billion term loan and a $2.755 billion note offering.

Notable practitioners  

Erik Lindauer concentrates on advising clients with respect to lending arrangements, commercial law and debt restructurings. Sources say he is "very knowledgeable and really understands the market."

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Brett Barragate of Jones Day cochairs the banking and finance practice. He is considered "a terrific lawyer" and advises financial institutions, private equity firms, hedge funds and companies in relation to a range of matters including intercreditor agreements and debt restructurings.

Robert Baptista of Mayer Brown LLP is a distinguished finance lawyer who acts for borrower and lender clients in connection with a broad spectrum of matters including syndicated credit facilities, tender offers, M&A and debt restructurings.

Michael Niebruegge of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP handles a vast array of financing matters including syndicated credit facilities, securitizations and restructurings. He concentrates on the energy and mining industries at the upstream and midstream stages of production.

William Hiller of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP counsels lenders and borrowers in connection with secured and unsecured credit facilities. "He has always demonstrated a fantastic balance between understanding what's going to work in the market and what we might be asking for," remarked one client.

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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