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Wendy Trahan Salinas

Wendy Trahan Salinas Partner, Tax

Wendy Trahan Salinas is an experienced and versatile tax attorney who focuses on taxable finance and other complex business transactions. In her taxable finance practice, Wendy advises borrowers and lenders on the tax implications of domestic and cross-border financing transactions. She has extensive experience in representing both public and privately held companies on transactions including bank credit facilities, mezzanine financings, derivatives, and project financings. She advises private equity funds in connection with debt and equity investments and other private equity transactions. She also advises public companies and lenders on bankruptcy restructuring transactions.

Wendy is a co-head of V&E’s Women’s Initiative in the firm’s Dallas office. In this role, she helps foster the career development and promote the advancement of V&E’s female attorneys. Wendy also co-leads the firm’s recruiting from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Experience Highlights

  • Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., a Canadian entity, as lead U.S. counsel in the recapitalization transaction involving the exchange of debt into debt and equity
  • Cloud Peak, a coal mine operator, in bankruptcy restructuring matters and the adoption of a NOL poison pill prior to the bankruptcy 
  • EIG Global Energy Partners in its $375 million acquisition of volumetric production payments consisting of limited term overriding royalty interests in certain offshore mineral properties from Cox Oil Offshore and related entities 
  • Talos Energy, a portfolio company of Apollo Global Management and Riverstone Holdings, in its $2.5 billion combination with Stone Energy, creating an offshore-focused E&P company

Public Offerings

  • Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. in its $2.75 billion offering of senior notes        
  • Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. in its $1.5 billion offering of senior secured notes
  • Underwriters to Halcon Resources Corporation in its $700 million offering of senior notes
  • Underwriters to Baytex Energy Corp. in its $1.2 billion offering of senior notes

Syndicated Finance

  • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy
  • Cameron International Corporation in a $750 million unsecured revolving credit facility serving as a backstop for the Borrower's commercial paper program 

Mezzanine/Project Finance

  • EIG Global Energy Partners in a mezzanine loan and equity co-investment in FourPoint Energy, an upstream oil and gas company
  • Highbridge Principal Strategies in connection with numerous mezzanine loans, secured term loans, and other structured investments to domestic and Canadian oil and gas producers
  • Barings LLC in a mezzanine loan to Greenleaf Power, an owner and developer of biomass power projects

Private Equity

  • An international private equity fund in connection with a $1.2 billion structured repurchase agreement transaction designed to finance the acquisition of a dynamic portfolio of loans
  • An international private equity fund in the formation of a loan origination venture with a bank holding company

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in its $1 billion transfer to the Catholic Health Initiatives

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”)

  • Private equity funds and related companies regarding FATCA compliance 


Contact Details

Dallas

T +1.214.220.7801
F +1.214.999.7801
wsalinas@velaw.com
Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75201
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Wendy's Practices

  • University of Virginia, J.D., 2001 (Virginia Tax Review)
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., Accounting summa cum laude, 1998 (Beta Alpha Psi; Alpha Kappa Psi)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2008
  • Legal 500 U.S., U.S. Taxes: Non-Contentious, 2019