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 and corporate clients globally in debt financing transactions (including leveraged finance, investment grade lending and asset-based lending) and restructuring matters.

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 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 $504 million first and second lien multicurrency credit facilities to finance its acquisition of RGL Reservoir Management Inc. (Canada), a successor by amalgamation to Regent Energy Group, Ltd.
  • 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.
  • 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 (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 refinance existing indebtedness and to finance its acquisition of Rao's Specialty Foods Inc., and in 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.
  • Brasa (Holdings) Inc. (a portfolio company of Thomas H. Lee Partners) in the refinancing of its existing credit facilities in connection with the initial public offering of Brasa’s parent, Fogo de Chao, Inc.
  • Centerbridge Partners in $625 million senior secured credit facilities to finance its substantial minority investment in syncreon Holdings Limited, and in $380 million secured 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 its acquisition of Bluestem Brands, Inc.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Goldman Sachs in $745 million first and second lien credit facilities to finance its acquisition of PSAV Presentation Services.
  • Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division in $260 million senior secured facilities to finance, in part, its acquisition, together with Eurazeo, of Dominion Web Solutions.
  • IHS Inc. in financing matters related to its merger with Markit Ltd.
  • 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.

While at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Liff worked on a broad array of global financing matters with various private equity sponsors and corporate clients, including domestic and cross-border acquisition financings, dividend recapitalizations, leveraged spin transactions, working capital facilities, repricings, loan-for-loan and loan-for-bond exchanges, commercial mortgage financings, debtor-in-possession financings, bankruptcy exit facilities, structured finance transactions, community lending and emerging markets financing transactions. Ms. Liff also counseled on bank regulatory issues pertaining to bank loan transactions, including anti-tying rules, legal lending limits, Regulation U and Regulation W.

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 was also named a “Rising Star” in Banking & Finance by IFLR1000.

Ms. Liff received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000. She received a B.S. in Policy Analysis, with distinction, from Cornell University in 1997.

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