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Leveraged Finance

Mayer Brown represents financial institutions in the full range of transactional activities that require negotiation and documentation by sophisticated outside counsel.

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Mayer Brown is one of the most active law firms representing lenders, sponsors and borrowers in an extensive and wide range of leveraged finance transactions across all parts of the capital structure. We routinely represent banks and other institutional lenders in the negotiation of secured and unsecured general corporate and working capital facilities of varying complexity, including competitive bid facilities, multicurrency facilities and, particularly, cross-border facilities. Work includes syndicated credits, multicurrency loans, letter of credit and guarantee facilities, subparticipations, assignments and transfers, guarantees, letters of comfort and all forms of related collateral or other security.

We have represented agent banks and bank syndicates in financings for virtually all major LBO sponsors and private equity firms, including hostile tender offers and multijurisdictional cross-border transactions. Working with our high yield and subordinated debt team, we are a "one-stop shop” for bank/bond acquisition and leveraged financings, including the provision of bridge commitments and facilities and first lien/second lien financings.

Specialist areas of focus include the following:

Asset-Based Lending and Receivables Financing. Mayer Brown has one of the leading international practices in asset-based lending (ABL), with transatlantic coverage and experience across numerous jurisdictions and industries. We represent a wide range of asset-based lenders and are experienced in documenting and structuring the most complex ABL transactions involving all types of collateral. We have particular experience with first lien/second lien transactions and have been involved in complex intercreditor issues around the world. Our experience across jurisdictions has given us an understanding of the issues surrounding the granting and perfection of security interests and recoveries on insolvency in the many jurisdictions in which ABL lenders operate.

Energy Finance. Companies that explore for, develop, produce, store, market, transport, process and use energy resources are among the most capital intensive in the world. Our lawyers have extensive experience representing energy clients and lenders to such companies, including commercial and investment banks, in all aspects of the capital raising process. Our lawyers are experienced in financing the purchase, development and sale of energy production, transportation and storage and other energy infrastructure projects, structuring reserve-based financing of oil and gas assets, financings for refineries, petrochemical-related properties, pipelines, plants and other assets as well as the financing of LNG vessels and related export/import facilities. We are experienced in reserve-based productions loans, volumetric production payments, master limited partnerships, leveraged lease financings, mezzanine financings, tax credit monetizations, export credit and other financial products.

Fund Financing. Mayer Brown has a well-established fund financing practice and has represented lead agents and lenders in subscrip¬tion credit facilities for many of the world’s largest and most sophisticated real estate and private equity funds. We have working relationships with nearly every major lending player in the US market and the majority of active lenders in the UK and European markets. We also have vast experience in representing a broad range of fund sponsors as subscription credit facility borrowers.

Latin American Lending. Mayer Brown is one of the most active international law firms in Latin America today, providing clients with regional experience in a range of financing transactions. We represent banks and other financial institutions in financing transactions involving Latin American borrowers. We also actively represent a wide range of corporations and financial institutions headquartered in Latin America and the Caribbean on their financing needs.

Workouts and Restructuring. We represent secured and unsecured creditors extensively, acting individually and on behalf of lending syndicates and committees of creditors, in numerous corporate and real estate bankruptcies. We cover every phase of client representation, including the structuring of workouts, the negotiation and preparation of transactional and financing documents, and all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, US Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases and their European and Asian equivalents, including debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing, negotiation and preparation of plans of reorganization and adversary litigation in connection with or related to insolvency issues.

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