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Syndicated & Leveraged Finance

Kaye Scholer’s Syndicated & Leveraged Finance Practice counts among its clients major financial institutions and borrowers worldwide. We represent our clients in a broad array of transactions, ranging from the most intricate and complex financings to more traditional transactions. Our lawyers are involved in all aspects of structuring, negotiating and documenting matters for our clients and we collaborate with lawyers throughout the firm to address the corporate, securities, tax and other issues that arise in these transactions.

The matters on which we work frequently involve multi-tier capital structures, including first/second lien debt, high yield debt, privately placed mezzanine debt and preferred equity issuances. We have the skill and experience to identify and negotiate the intercreditor and subordination issues that arise in these structures, taking into account relevant credit and market considerations.

We have been recognized in the 2013 and 2014 editions of IFLR1000 as one of the leading firms in the United States in the area of bank lending. One client noted, "If I had my choice, I'd pick Kaye Scholer. They're always at the top of my list. They're extremely accessible. I don't get passed off, I'm always discussing the issue with a senior partner. When these lawyers draft something, I know it's drafted right." (IFLR1000, 2013).

To fulfill the needs of our clients, we offer a wide range of services, with particular experience in the following areas:

Acquisition Finance

We work closely with our colleagues in the M&A and Private Equity practices, and as a result we are very active in the area of tender offers and other acquisition financings, representing many well-known financial institutions, corporate borrowers and equity sponsors in the financing of mergers, asset and stock acquisitions, recapitalizations and other change of control transactions.

Syndicated Lending

We represent commercial banks and other major financial institutions worldwide acting as agents, arrangers and participants in a broad range of syndicated loan facilities. The global scope of our practice allows us to be fluent with credits that include multiple pricing and currency options.

Asset-Based Lending and Factoring

Our lawyers have been advising clients in the areas of asset-based lending and factoring for over forty years. We regularly negotiate and document inventory, receivables, and equipment facilities for national retailers, industrial manufacturers and other concerns. The scope of our practice extends beyond the mainstream, to areas such as aviation, energy and motion picture finance. Our lawyers have extensive experience in securing credits with unusual or multi-jurisdictional collateral packages.

Junior Capital

We have substantial experience representing providers of junior capital. The transactions we handle include subordinated debt, second-lien financings, mezzanine financings, structured debt-equity investments, preferred stock financings and similar financial products. We have represented junior capital providers in their support of mergers and acquisitions (both financial and strategic), as well as in financial recapitalizations, growth capital financings and dividend recaps. We are skilled in the issues involved in workouts and insolvency proceedings that junior capital providers may face in the current market.


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