Notable Representations, Key Contacts
- Leveraged acquisition and recapitalization transactions
- Investment grade lending
- Syndicated lending
- Cash flow lending
- Asset-based lending
- Loan restructurings
- Debtor-in-possession financings
- Exit financings
We are recognized as one of the world’s premier leveraged acquisition finance practices, and have an active investment grade practice. We work in tandem with lawyers from our global M&A and Private Equity practices to advise clients on all facets of acquisition and other event-driven financings. We also work closely with our preeminent bankruptcy & restructuring practice to develop unparalleled skills in restructuring and debtor-in-possession and exit financings, as well as to analyze insolvency and collateral risks on new money transactions.
Our practice and its lawyers are consistently recognized as market leaders by Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000 and Legal 500.
Private Equity Finance
Weil's market-leading leveraged finance team routinely represents lenders, underwriters, issuers and borrowers on their most sophisticated, complex leveraged loans and high yield bond offerings.
Investment Grade Finance
In particular, we frequently utilize the combined strength of our New York and London platforms to advise corporate borrowers and financial institutions on cross-border transactions.
Citi, Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank, as joint lead arrangers, in $1.2 billion senior secured credit facilities for CBS Outdoor Americas (now known as OUTFRONT Media), a provider of out-of-home advertising services, to finance the spin-off of the CBS Outdoor business from CBS Corporation.
- Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Barclays, as joint lead arrangers, in the financing for the Carlyle Group's acquisition of Chesapeake Services Limited (U.K.), a manufacturer of packaging products for pharmaceutical and consumer goods, from Irving Place Capital and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management.
- Barclays, as administrative and collateral agent, and Barclays and Credit Suisse, as joint lead arrangers, in $1 billion multicurrency, senior secured credit facilities to finance the merger of equals of Chesapeake (U.K.) (a portfolio company of the Carlyle Group), a manufacturer of packaging products for pharmaceutical and consumer goods, and Multi Packaging Solutions (a portfolio company of Madison Dearborn Partners).
Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan in providing committed bridge financing to Tyson Foods, one of the world's largest producers of meat and poultry, for its $8.55 billion unilaterally binding offer to acquire Hillshire Brands, a leader in branded, convenient foods.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, as lead arrangers and providers, in a $2.9 billion committed bridge facility for Verisk Analytics, Inc., a provider of risk assessment and data analytics services, to finance its £1.85 billion (approximately $2.8 billion) acquisition of Wood Mackenzie (United Kingdom), an energy, metals and mining research and consultancy group.
Demonstrates substantial cross-border capability, and has developed particular expertise advising clients on acquisition financings, refinancings and recapitilizations involving European borrowers looking to enter the US market.
With a reputation as one of world’s top leveraged acquisition finance practices, [Weil] is highly sought-after by clients on both the lender and borrower sides.
This practice demonstrates impressive breadth and depth in both lender and borrower side representation across the gamut of financial transactions.
Commended for its close-knit banking and high-yield team. Its excellent reputation and relationships on the sponsor side continue to generate considerable deal flow. The team is building up a presence on the lender side, with key connections made of late.
Received “highly commended” ranking in Finance category
Financial Times Innovative Lawyers North America 2014
Received “commended” ranking in Finance category
Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe 2014
Ranked #1 in U.S. Equity IPOs (advising issuers) by Deal Volume through Third Quarter of 2016
Bloomberg Global Capital Markets League Tables