Allison R. Liff

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Allison R. Liff
Allison R. Liff is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice group in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Ms. Liff’s practice concentrates on representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as corporate clients, globally in a wide variety of debt financing transactions (including acquisition financings, asset based lending, recapitalizations, liability management transactions and restructurings).

Ms. Liff rejoined Weil in February 2013 from Goldman Sachs, where she was a Managing Director and head of the Leveraged Finance Legal team, responsible for leveraged finance, middle market financing, restructuring, and the bank debt portfolio group. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. Liff was an associate in Weil’s Banking & Finance practice group.

Ms. Liff’s recent transactional experience includes:

  • Advent International in $225 million senior secured credit facilities to finance its acquisition of First Watch Restaurants, Inc.
  • Advent International Corporation in $600 million first and second lien facilities to finance its acquisition of Culligan International Company.
  • Advent International in senior secured facilities primarily to finance its acquisition of QW Holding Corp. (Quala) from Roark Capital Group.
  • Advent International Corporation in first and second lien facilities to finance its acquisition of a majority stake in ATI Physical Therapy Holdings, LLC.
  • Advent International Corporation in €1.5 billion senior term and revolving multicurrency facilities to finance the take-private acquisition of Nuplex Industries Limited (New Zealand) by Allnex Belgium SA/NV (a portfolio company of Advent International).
  • Advent International Corporation in first and second lien multicurrency credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Distribution International, Inc.
  • Advent International Corporation in the financing for its acquisition of NCS Energy Services.
  • Connolly Corporation (a portfolio company of Advent International) in its $1.15 billion first and second lien credit facilities to finance its acquisition of iHealth Technologies, Inc.
  • Culligan International Company (a portfolio company of Advent International), in $430 million first and second lien term facilities to finance its acquisition of ZIP Industries (Aust.) Pty Limited.
  • NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. (a portfolio company of Advent International) in an amendment and restatement of its $50 million senior secured multicurrency revolving credit facilities in connection with its initial public offering.
  • Serta Simmons Bedding and its subsidiaries (portfolio companies of Advent International), in $2.4 billion first and second lien term facilities and an amendment and restatement of their existing $225 million asset-based revolving facility.
  • Sovos Brands (a portfolio company of Advent International) in $185 million senior secured credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Rao's Specialty Foods Inc., and in $75 million senior secured credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Bottom Line Food Processors, Inc. (d/b/a Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc.).
  • American Securities in $855 million first and second lien credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Emerald Performance Materials, LLC, $675 million senior secured credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Grede Holdings LLC, in senior secured credit facilities and senior unsecured notes to finance its acquisition of Aspen Dental Management Inc., and in first and second lien credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Royal Adhesives and Sealants, LLC.
  • Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. (a portfolio company of American Securities) in its $1.6 billion multicurrency credit facilities and in subsequent refinancings.
  • Tekni-Plex, Inc. (a portfolio company of American Securities) in its $724 million refinancing of an existing first and second lien multicurrency facility and amendment and restatement of an existing ABL.
  • Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. (an indirect partially owned subsidiary of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. and a portfolio investment of Thomas H. Lee Partners) in $1.6 billion secured credit facilities and in subsequent amendments.
  • Ceridian HCM Holding, Inc. (a portfolio company investment of Thomas H. Lee Partners and Fidelity National Financial, Inc.) in $832 million standalone multicurrency credit facilities, following the sale of its subsidiary, Comdata Inc.
  • Doncasters Group Ltd. (a portfolio company of Dubai International Corporation) in its $1.3 billion first and second lien credit facilities.
  • Fidelity National Financial, Inc. in its $800 million revolving and $1.1 billion term credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Lender Processing Services Inc. and in a subsequent amendment to the $800 million revolving facility.
  • Centerbridge Partners in $625 million senior secured credit facilities to finance its substantial minority investment in syncreon Holdings Limited
  • Centerbridge Partners in facilities, comprised of a $300 million term loan and an $80 million asset-based credit facility, for Capmark Financial Group Inc. (n/k/a Bluestem Group Inc.) to finance Capmark's acquisition of Bluestem Brands, Inc.
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc. (a portfolio company of Centerbridge Partners) in $380 million senior secured facilities.
  • Golden West Packaging Group LLC (a portfolio company of Lindsay Goldberg) in senior secured term and revolving facilities to finance its acquisition of four independent packaging companies.
  • Goldman Sachs in $745 million first and second lien credit facilities to finance its acquisition of PSAV Presentation Services.
  • Goldman Sachs in $260 million senior secured facilities to finance, in part, its acquisition, together with Eurazeo, of Dominion Web Solutions (n/k/a Trader Interactive).
  • IHS Inc. in financing matters related to its merger with Markit Ltd.
  • Lighthouse Network LLC (a portfolio company of Searchlight Capital Partners) in $600 million first and second lien facilities to refinance existing indebtedness and to finance an acquisition.
  • OXEA S.à r.l. (then a portfolio company of Advent International Corporation) in its approximately $1.6 billion first and second lien dividend recapitalization financing.
  • V.Group Limited (a portfolio company of OMERS Private Equity) (Scotland) in $420 million first and second lien senior credit facilities.

Ms. Liff was selected as one of M&A Advisor’s 2014 “40 Under 40” honorees, an award that recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 for their accomplishments and expertise in the financing, M&A and turnaround fields, and she is named a “Rising Star” in Banking & Finance by IFLR1000. She is also a co-editor of LevFin Quarterly, a publication of Weil’s finance group geared toward current topics in leveraged finance.

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