Heather A. Viets is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice group in the Firm’s New York office. Ms. Viets’ experience includes advising financial institutions and issuers in connection with banking and securities transactions, including acquisition financings, first and second lien credit facilities, bridge loan facilities, mezzanine financings, high yield debt offerings, initial public offerings, restructurings, and reorganizations.
Ms. Viets is recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer in Commercial Lending by The Legal 500 US 2017, and she has been named a Rising Star in Banking by New York Super Lawyers since 2015.
- Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, in a $13.7 billion committed unsecured bridge facility to finance Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market
- the administrative agent in €670 million term and $100 million revolving senior secured facilities for Coherent, Inc., to finance its $942 million acquisition of ROFIN-SINAR Technologies, Inc.
- the administrative agent and certain other lenders in an out-of-court restructuring, debt-for-equity exchange and new asset-based credit facility for Things Remembered, Inc. (a portfolio company of Madison Dearborn Partners)
- the arranger and joint bookrunner in $500 million senior secured facilities to finance JAB Beech's acquisition of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
- the arranger and administrative agent in an $8 billion committed bridge facility to finance the $12.2 billion cash and stock acquisition by Great Plains Energy Incorporated, a provider of electricity in the Midwest United States, of Westar Energy Inc., at the time the largest electric utility in Kansas
- the first lien term lenders to Noranda Aluminum and Noranda Bauxite (Jamaica), producers of primary aluminum products and rolled aluminum coils, in a secured debtor-in-possession term loan facility entered into in connection with Noranda’s chapter 11 proceedings
- the lead arranger and administrative agent, in $155 million senior secured credit facilities to finance The Carlyle Group’s acquisition of LDiscovery, LLC, a provider of eDiscovery legal and technology consulting services to law firms, corporations and government agencies
- the administrative agent, sole lead arranger, bookrunner and lender in a $750 million amended working capital facility, a $900 million term facility and a $4.2 billion committed bridge facility to finance the pending cash and stock acquisition by Lam Research Corporation of KLA-Tencor Corporation
- the administrative and collateral agent, in a $350 million senior secured revolving facility for Teradyne, Inc., a provider of automatic test, including semiconductor test, equipment worldwide
- the lead arranger, sole bookrunner and administrative agent in a $3.4 billion committed bridge facility and a $1.3 billion term facility for Harris Corporation to finance its $4.75 billion acquisition of Exelis, Inc.
- the arranger and administrative agent in the fully committed $9.1 billion bridge facility for Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) to finance its $12.2 billion acquisition of CareFusion Corporation
- the sole lead arranger and sole bookrunner, in $288 million secured, first and second lien credit facilities for ALM Media, LLC to finance its acquisition by Wasserstein & Co., LP
- the agent and arranger, in up to €7.6 billion secured multicurrency credit facilities for D.E Master Blender 1753 N.V. (a portfolio company of JAB Holding Company Group) (Netherlands) to finance the contribution of its coffee business and that of Mondelez International, Inc. (formerly known as Kraft Foods Inc.) into a joint venture
- the arrangers and administrative agents in their $7.2 billion bridge commitment to Exelon Corporation to finance its proposed acquisition of Pepco Holdings Inc.
- the arranger and administrative agent in its $1.9 billion committed bridge financing to UIL Holdings Corporation for its proposed $1.86 billion acquisition of the assets and certain liabilities of Philadelphia Gas Works from the City of Philadelphia
- the 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
- the lead arrangers in connection with £340 million senior secured credit facilities used to finance the leveraged buyout of Chesapeake Holdings B.V. by The Carlyle Group
- the lead arrangers in connection with $1.8 billion of senior secured credit facilities for Sequa Corporation.
- Goldman Sachs in a $3.5 billion senior unsecured bridge facility in connection with the $6.7 billion strategic investment by Walgreen Co. in Alliance Boots GmbH
- the lead arrangers in connection with $435 million of first and second lien credit facilities in connection with ASP United Holding Co.’s acquisition of GHX Holdings, LLC
- the lead arrangers in connection with $535 million of senior secured credit facilities for Atlantic Aviation FBO Inc.
- the lead arrangers in connection with $325 million senior secured term loan facility for Genesis HealthCare LLC’s acquisition of Sun HealthCare Group, Inc.
- the lead arrangers in connection with $470 million of senior secured credit facilities for Key Safety Systems, Inc.
- the lead arrangers in connection with $150 million of senior secured credit facilities for Oneida Ltd. and Anchor Hocking, LLC
- the lead arrangers in connection with $950 million of senior secured credit facilities for DineEquity, Inc.
- the lead arranger in connection with a $500 million senior secured revolving credit facility for HealthSouth Corporation
- the lead arrangers in connection with approximately $230 million of Shari’ah compliant credit facilities, including a $120 million first lien term facility, $25 million first lien revolving facility, $60 million second lien mezzanine facility, and $25 million subordinated unsecured mezzanine facility in connection with the refinancing of all the outstanding indebtedness of PODS Inc., a portfolio company of Arcapita
- the lead arrangers in the bank, debt and equity bridge financings used to finance the approximately $10 billion leveraged buyout of CDW Corporation by Madison Dearborn and Providence Equity Partners
- the lead arrangers and initial purchasers in the bank, bridge and high-yield bond offerings used to finance the approximately $3 billion leveraged buyout of Sequa Corporation by the Carlyle Group
- the lead arrangers in first and second lien credit facilities used to finance the approximately $800 million leveraged buyout of Vertrue Inc. by One Equity Partners
- the lead arranger in connection with the $450 million margin loan facility for National Amusements, Inc.
- the initial purchaser in connection with $225 million of high-yield bonds for The New York Times Company
- the initial purchasers in connection with $600 million of senior secured notes for Chicago Parking Meters, LLC