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Choate represented GA Capital, LLC in its capacity as Term Agent for a syndicate of lenders which provided a $85 million term loan to Borders, Inc. and its various US and UK subsidiaries. Subsequently, Choate represented GA Capital in connection with a $55 million debtor-in-possession term loan to Borders and its subsidiaries. Borders used the DIP facility to fund its initial operations during the commencement of its Chapter 11 proceeding. Choate represented GA Capital and the term lenders throughout the bankruptcy proceeding of Borders, including in connection with the liquidation and wind down of the company and assets and operations.
Choate represented a syndicate of banks agented by Bank of America in connection with $250 million of revolving credit facilities for Clean Harbors, Inc., the largest hazardous waste disposal company in North America. For tax purposes, the deal was structured such that the US and Canadian affiliates of Clean Harbors each had separate borrowing bases. The loans to the US entities were secured by a first lien on all of their accounts receivable, a second lien on all other personal property and second lien mortgages on 11 separate properties owned by Clean Harbors throughout the US. The loans to the Canadian entities were secured by a first lien on all of their accounts receivable.
Choate represents a syndicate banks agented by Bank of America in connection with $1.4 billion of revolving and term credit facilities established by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball on behalf of 20 participating Major League Baseball Clubs. Each Club did a true sale of its rights to National Media Revenues, MLB Properties distributions and MLB Advanced Media distributions to a special purpose entity that borrows the funds. The firm has been counsel to the agent for these facilities since 1995.
Choate represented a national private investment firm in connection with a $265 million leveraged buyout of an international manufacturing company. The acquisition was financed in part by a $150 million syndicated senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility, a $45 million mezzanine facility and by the sale to management and institutional investors of senior subordinated notes in the amount of $27 million. Choate went on to represent the target company in securing stand-alone financing for its Chinese subsidiary.
Choate represented an international growth equity investor in the $665 million leveraged buyout of one of the nation’s leading healthcare benefits management companies. The acquisition was financed in part by a $100 million syndicated senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility and by the sale of subordinated debentures in the amount of $60 million. The company serves more than 30 million people through a national network of 7,000 healthcare providers.
Choate represented a private healthcare and technology investment firm in the $75 million leveraged acquisition of a national staffing company. The acquisition was financed in part by a $45 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility, $20 million of which the company used to refinance its existing credit facility. Choate went on to represent the company in a $32 million strategic follow-on acquisition, which was financed by a $15 million senior secured term loan from the same lender. The rapidly expanding company provides IT recruitment services to clients nationwide in a range of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceutical, financial services, government, education, manufacturing and software development.
Choate represented Wells Fargo Capital Finance, LLC in its capacity as Agent and Lender in connection with $50 million in a senior secured term loan and asset-based revolving loan to finance in part the $50 million acquisition of an industrial chemical business by a Luxemburg investment firm. The investment firm intends to integrate the target with its existing investment in an Italian chemical supplier.
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Leader in Sophisticated Acquisition Financing
Represent leading national and international financial institutions, acquirors and sellers in full range of acquisition financings.
Merger and acquisitions with proceeds over $50 billion.
Financial transactions across US and in 27 foreign countries.
Over 25 lawyers representing major financial institutions in complex transactions. Lawyers throughout practice areas consistently receive national recognition for excellence. Named “Go-to Firm” in M&A by Corporate Counsel.
Highly experienced in complex acquisition financings:
- $300 million working capital/dealer agreement acquisition facility for security alarm monitoring company.
- $300 million 144A private placement of secured mortgage notes followed by registered exchange offer.
- $250 million 144A private placement of secured mortgage notes followed by registered exchange offer (acquisition of Lenzie Generating Station).
- $210 million 144A private placement of secured mortgage notes followed by registered exchange offer (acquisition of Silverhawk Generating Facility).
- $120 million senior debt financing of acquisition of sports team.
- $115 million working capital/acquisition facility for national toy retailer.
- $84 million acquisition of cable television, internet and telephone company.
- $77 million acquisition of electronic payment software company.
- $77 million acquisition involving supplier of electrical equipment.
Experts in wide range of industry financings, including in energy, healthcare, media, retail, sports and technology.
Preeminent Private Equity Buyout Practice
Preeminent private equity firms in buyouts and related acquisition financings: