Leveraged Finance

Debevoise has extensive experience in all aspects of domestic and international leveraged finance, including syndicated bank loans, high-yield debt offerings, second lien financings and mezzanine capital investments – a broad blend of capabilities that has not gone unnoticed by clients. According to Chambers USA, "They're responsive, they're smart and they are definitely well versed in the legal technicalities of the various situations that they help us with."

The private equity and corporate clients of the Leveraged Finance practice are among the most sophisticated and discerning consumers of legal services in the financing markets, consistently turning to Debevoise for demanding and complex financing transactions involving the leading underwriters, agent banks and lenders. The team possesses “significant depth of industry knowledge,” as noted by The Legal 500 US, and can call upon an understanding of all components of a company’s capital structure, which is essential to lead and manage complex leveraged financings, and optimize terms across capital structures.

The Leveraged Finance practice is international in its reach, with significant experience in cross-border financings. Its lawyers are fluent in both U.S. and European markets and technologies, and use their expertise to formulate the most effective solutions for clients.

Clients seek market-leading terms that give them strategic and operational flexibility, and they come to Debevoise for its judgment and assistance in negotiating financing products that will permit them to manage and grow their businesses. The practice has an excellent record in creating and implementing innovative solutions and financing structures.

The leveraged finance team brings to the table a clear understanding of a client’s business needs and goals as well as its overall philosophical approach to doing deals, taking a pragmatic and business-oriented approach to develop and implement the best solutions. The practice’s lawyers demonstrate clear commercial judgment, with a firm grasp of how the relevant legal issues impact a client’s business as a whole.

The practice’s lending clients understand that their own reputations are built upon the products they bring to market. Debevoise offers pragmatic and proactive transaction management without sacrificing the careful and thoughtful attention of experienced lawyers that is essential to meet the highest standards of workmanship.

The end result is a set of capabilities – and business judgment – at the top of the market. Says Chambers USA: “Their work standard is exceptionally high – they have a great deal of resources and are very client sensitive.”