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Acquisition & Leveraged Finance

Vinson & Elkins’ Finance lawyers assist lenders and borrowers / sponsors with financings for large-scale acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, dividend recapitalizations, initial public offerings (IPOs), business expansion, and development of new facilities.

We deftly handle the logistical and administrative challenges posed by leveraged financing and extensively collateralized transactions. We have particular experience in debt financing for energy-focused companies, including master limited partnership (MLPs) dropdowns.

With lawyers strategically located across the U.S. and in London, the Acquisition & Leveraged Finance team has experience with all types of loans and credit facilities, including the following:

  • Syndicated term loans
  • High-yield bonds
  • Revolving credit facilities
  • Reserve and other asset-based facilities
  • Second lien loans
  • Bridge facilities (including “bridge-to-bond” and equity bridge facilities)
  • Senior, mezzanine, PIK and other subordinated financings
  • Unitranche financings
  • Fund financing

Collaborating with lawyers firm-wide, we offer comprehensive service, including tax, capital markets, real estate, employee benefits, environmental, and ERISA guidance.

Structuring Solutions

V&E Finance lawyers structure solutions regarding all aspects of debt financing, including the origination, arrangement, underwriting, and syndication of buyouts and corporate acquisitions. We also assist with refinancings, distressed loans, and bankruptcy-related financing. Our lawyers possess a deep understanding of the global markets, the products, and current market trends. This enhances our ability to design products and instruments that minimize risk, offer flexibility, and balance strategic considerations with financing needs.

We take a pragmatic and business-oriented approach, offering sophisticated advice that considers how legal issues impact each client’s business and future growth potential.

Experience Highlights

  • An international private equity fund in the financing of its acquisition of a leading European coffee machine manufacturer, including a €400 million Senior Secured Bridge Facility, a €40 million Super Senior Revolving Credit Facility and €510 million of notes issuances

  • An international private equity fund on the acquisition and financing of a real estate services business and portfolio of real estate assets located primarily in Spain, with a net book value of €7 billion

  • Helios Investment Partners in financing its acquisition of an Africa-based fertilizer and inputs group – awarded Commodity Acquisition Finance Deal of the Year 2017 by TXF

  • Maxar Technologies Holdings Inc. in a $3.75 billion secured revolving term loan in connection with the merger of DigitalGlobe

  • Nexeo Solutions, a chemicals and plastics distributor and TPG Capital portfolio company, in its $1.575 billion merger with WL Ross Holdings Corp., a special purpose acquisition company formed by WL Ross

  • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy

  • Energy XXI in its $2.3 billion acquisition of EPL Oil & Gas Inc., creating the largest publicly traded independent oil and gas producer on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf

  • A subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. in connection with the acquisition financing for the Holtwood and Wallenpaupack hydroelectric power projects

  • An international private equity fund in a $2 billion reserve-based credit facility in furtherance of acquisition financing

  • An international private equity fund in connection with the acquisition of $1 billion of performing/sub-performing secured loans and equity interests