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Wendy Trahan Salinas

Wendy Trahan Salinas Partner, Tax

Wendy’s practice focuses on taxable finance. She advises borrowers and lenders on the tax implications of domestic and cross-border financing transactions. Wendy has represented both public and privately held companies, including private equity funds, on transactions, including bank credit facilities, mezzanine financings, derivatives, and project financings.

Experience Highlights

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