THE FIRM The practice continues to be regarded as one of the premier banking and finance teams in the American Southeast. The team is particularly noted for its work representing lenders. The group attracts clients performing transactions on national and international scales, with key clients including SunTrust Bank, Regions Bank and Goldman Sachs. Recently, the team has expanded its practice areas to include healthcare finance, acquisition finance and M&A. Work highlights include representing GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services, in a $225 million loan transaction.
Sources say: "They were tough in negotiations, and made sure we were protected." "Our go-to firm. Their accessibility is what makes them stand out from the crowd."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Carolyn Alford has handled many of the practice's major cases over the past year, including serving as the lead attorney in the firm's work for RBS. Clients praise her negotiation skills, and her "experience, which enables her to provide good guidance."
Chip Conrad is a seasoned attorney and another heavy hitter in the practice. He recently represented Rock-Tenn in the negotiation of $3.7 billion senior secured revolving credit and term loan facilities for its acquisition of Smurfit-Stone Container.
Hector Llorens is well respected by peers and has built up a robust practice, with a particular emphasis on mezzanine lending. Recent work highlights include negotiating a $300 million secured credit facility for Butterball, a poultry products manufacturer.