Alana C. St. Aude


Alana C. St. Aude
Alana C. St. Aude is an associate in the Banking & Finance practice of the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Ms. St. Aude’s practice focuses on advising borrowers, leading private equity sponsors, banks and other financial institutions in a variety of investment grade and leveraged financing transactions including first and second lien credit facilities, asset-based loans, cross-border and domestic acquisition financings, working capital facilities and restructurings.

Ms. St. Aude has played a significant role on Weil teams advising:

  • UBS, as joint lead arranger, in first and second lien term and revolving facilities for MWI Holdings (MW Industries) (a portfolio company of Genstar Capital Management) to refinance existing indebtedness.
  • EQT Infrastructure in a $350 million first lien ABL revolving facility and in $325 million second lien secured notes to finance its acquisition of Direct ChassisLink Inc.
  • Deutsche Bank, as administrative agent, and Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Barclays, as lead arrangers, in an amendment to add a $150 million euro-denominated tranche to a first lien senior secured facility for Flint Group S.A. (Luxembourg) to finance Flint's acquisition of Xeikon, N.V. (Belgium).
  • General Electric in connection with financing matters related to its strategic plan to sell most of GE Capital’s assets.
  • Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Fund (an affiliate of The Blackstone Group L.P.) in its strategic investment in, and financing of, The PMI Group, Inc.
  • The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in its secured DIP term credit facility, in connection with its 2015 chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
  • The Jordan Company in $152.5 million first and $37.5 million second lien credit facilities to finance its acquisition of DiversiTech Corporation. 
  • Hyperion Insurance Group Limited (a portfolio company of General Atlantic) in its $750 million term facility and £85 million revolving facility to finance its acquisition of R K Harrison Holding Limited.
  • Engility LLC in $650 million incremental first and second lien credit facilities to finance, in part, its merger with TASC, Inc.
  • Macquarie Trading LLC and MIHI LLC in $345 million first and second lien credit facilities to finance the acquisition of Digital River, Inc. by Siris Capital Group.
  • Lead arrangers in £1.25 billion (approximately $1.96 billion) credit facilities used to refinance the existing debt of RAC Limited and to finance the acquisition by the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) of a stake in RAC Limited from The Carlyle Group and certain members of management.
  • Snow Phipps Group in first and second lien credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Familia Foods, Inc., Teasdale Foods, Inc. and their subsidiaries, and Teasdale Foods in first and second lien facilities to finance its acquisitions of the Mexican food business of Bruce Foods Corporation and Mesa Foods, Inc.
  • OMERS Private Equity in first and second lien senior secured credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Document Technologies Inc. 
  • Synchrony Financial (at the time, GE Capital’s North American retail finance business) in $8 billion investment grade credit facilities to finance its operations upon its spin-off from General Electric.
  • American Securities in $675 million senior secured credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Grede Holdings LLC.

Ms. St. Aude also counsels pro bono clients on not-for-profit corporation law, general corporate governance, financing arrangements and restructurings.  She is named a 2015 Rising Star in Banking by New York Super Lawyers.

Ms. St. Aude received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2010, where she was a Student Attorney in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. During law school, Ms. St. Aude served as College Student Division Director for the Northeast Black Law Students Association and as Executive Editor for the Harvard Journal of Racial and Ethnic Justice. She received her B.S. from Cornell University in 2006, where she was a Cornell Tradition Fellow.

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