Justin D. Lee is a partner in Weil's Banking & Finance practice and is based in New York. His practice involves advising institutional lenders, loan funds, asset managers and corporate borrowers on all types of bank financing transactions, including asset-based loans, investment grade lending, cross-border and domestic acquisitions, middle market and large cap financings, bridge loans, restructurings, working capital facilities and subordinated and second lien financings.
- Goldman Sachs, as first and second lien administrative agent and a lead arranger, in $2.2 billion first and second lien committed financing to support the pending $4.2 billion acquisition of Duff & Phelps LLC by an investor consortium led by Stone Point Capital and Further Global
- Goldman Sachs in a $9 billion bridge facility to support the spin-off by Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. to its shareholders of a new “Fox,” an entity comprising highly-rated news, sports and broadcast businesses, as part of a series of transactions that also included the combination of the rest of the Twenty-First Century Fox businesses with The Walt Disney Company
- The lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, in £12.2 billion bridge financing to support Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., in its proposed approximately £11.7 billion acquisition of all the share capital it does not already own of Sky plc
- The lead arrangers in $3 billion senior secured facilities to finance in part JAB's approximately $7.5 billion take-private of Panera Bread Company
- The lead arrangers and bookrunners in $3.1 billion bridge financing to support the $4.3 billion acquisition by Parker Hannifin Corporation
- Morgan Stanley, as administrative agent, in $1.1 billion amended, extended and upsized senior secured credit facilities for OUTFRONT Media, Inc. to refinance and reprice existing indebtedness
- Goldman Sachs, as bookrunner and lead arranger, in a $185 million incremental senior secured term facility for Alchemy US Holdco 1, LLC (a portfolio company of Palladium Equity Partners) to finance Alchemy's purchase of Reading Alloys, Inc.
- The lead arrangers in $125 million asset-based revolving, $440 million first lien term and $275 million bridge facilities to finance One Rock Capital's approximately $932 million take-private of Innophos Holdings, Inc.
- Goldman Sachs, as a joint lead arranger, in $875 million senior secured refinancing facilities for ProQuest LLC (a portfolio company of CIG, Atairos Management and Broad Street Principal Investments), and in a $210 million senior secured incremental term facility to finance ProQuest’s acquisition of Innovative Interfaces
- Goldman Sachs and certain other initial purchasers of $770 million second lien floating rate notes of Sotera Health LLC (a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus) to refinance existing indebtedness
- The lead arrangers in up to €7.6 billion secured multi-currency credit facilities to finance the contribution of the coffee business of D.E Master Blender 1753 N.V. and that of Mondelez International, Inc. into a joint venture (received a personal commendation from FT North America Innovative Lawyers Report)
- The lead arrangers in $630 million multicurrency unsecured, senior secured and asset-based facilities to finance Triton's acquisition of Werner Co., Inc.
- The administrative agent in $200 million senior secured revolving facilities for Etsy, Inc.
- The lead arrangers in a $60 million first lien multicurrency facility for Rain CII Carbon LLC (a subsidiary of Rain Industries Limited)
- Goldman Sachs, as lender alongside UBS, in $150 million of committed financing for the acquisition by Duff & Phelps LLC (a portfolio company of Permira) of Prime Clerk LLC
- Goldman Sachs, as arranger, in a $140 million incremental senior secured EMEA term facility for GTT Communications, BV
- General Motors Company and certain of its subsidiaries based in the United States, Brazil and Sweden in $5 billion three-year and $7.5 billion five-year senior multicurrency revolving credit facilities
- The lead arrangers in a $2.9 billion committed bridge facility for Verisk Analytics, Inc. to finance its £1.85 billion (approximately $2.8 billion) acquisition of Wood Mackenzie
- The lead arrangers on the financing for CVC’s £800 million acquisition of Sky Bet from Sky plc and subsequent dividend recapitalization
- The lead arrangers in $1.3 billion credit facilities for Goldman Sachs and Koch Industries to finance the acquisition of Flint Group
- The lead arrangers in $1.2 billion senior secured credit facilities for CBS Outdoor Americas (now known as OUTFRONT Media)
- In connection with debtor-in-possession and/or exit facilities for Reader’s Digest Association, Washington Mutual and Alpha Natural Resources
- Antares Capital in connection with securing financings including in respect of Badger Sportswear, KidKraft, Pathways Partners, Sage Payment Solutions and WS Packaging
- Doncasters Group Limited in its $1.3 billion credit facilities
- Citi, as administrative agent, in an amended, extended and upsized $1.9 billion and $1.5 billion asset-based revolving credit facility for Tenet Healthcare Corporation
During his time at Weil, Mr. Lee participated in an extended secondment to the Loan Negotiation Group of Goldman Sachs in both its New York and London offices.
Mr. Lee has been named a 2020 “Rising Star” for Banking by Law360 and a 2020 “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal. He is also recognized as a “Rising Star” for Bank Lending by Legal 500 US. He was named a “Rising Star” in Banking by New York Super Lawyers, 2016-2019.
Mr. Lee counsels pro bono clients on not-for-profit corporation law, general corporate governance, and financing arrangements. He is also actively involved with the Firm’s recruiting and diversity initiatives as well as OutNEXT and Out in Law.
Mr. Lee received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 2009, where he served as Symposium Editor for the NYU Journal of Law & Business. He received his B.A. from New York University in 2006, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.