Ticknor, George

George Ticknor




George Ticknor is a member of the Locke Lord Executive Committee. George represents banks, finance companies, public and private investment funds, and other financial institutions on a transactional basis and as general counsel. He also serves as outside counsel to public companies in the financial services and media industries. George also represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies, investment funds, sponsor and other investor groups making investments and acquisitions.

George has been involved in acquisitions and financings in a broad range of industries with a focus on the financial services and technology, media and telecommunications ("TMT") sectors. His experience also encompasses debt capital market transactions, including high yield debt and syndicated loan financings and restructurings, securitization, second lien and mezzanine financings. He also represents private equity portfolio companies and other operating companies in a range of industries, including communications and financial services.

Representative Experience

George's experience includes the representation of:

  • Lamar Advertising Company, a company in the outdoor advertising business for over 25 years, in many transactions, including:
    • High yield debt offerings aggregating billions of dollars, including the issuance of $1.55 billion in senior notes in 2020 over multiple transactions
    • Several credit facilities, including its current credit facility, consisting of a $750 million revolving credit facility and a $600 million Term Loan B
    • Its $175 million accounts receivable securitization program
    • Its acquisition of Fairway Outdoor Advertising’s billboard operations in five U.S. markets from GTCR, LLC, for $418.5 million
    • Its acquisition of the assets of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. in five U.S. markets for $458.5 million
    • Its conversion from an operating company to a real estate investment trust (REIT)
  • NewStar Financial Inc. in a range of transactions since 2004, including:
    • The definitive agreement for First Eagle Investment Management to acquire NewStar
    • The definitive agreement for NewStar to sell portfolio and investment assets, including approximately $2.4 billion of middle market loans and other credit investments to a newly formed investment fund sponsored by GSO Capital Partners LLP
    • The sale of its equipment finance business and related assets to Radius Bank for approximately $140 million
    • The sale of its asset based lending subsidiary, NewStar Business Credit LLC to Sterling National Bank for approximately $330 million
    • A $300 million Senior Notes offering and subsequent “add ons”
    • A $100 million financing with Fortress Credit Corporation
    • A $70 million facility with Macquarie Bank, which was later restructured
    • Various special purpose asset financings including “Master Repos” to fund mortgage financing
    • Served as general counsel advising on loan transactions and restructurings and on matters relating to governance, disclosure, securities, investment advisor matters and debt and capital raises
  • Bank of America as administrative agent, lender and arranger in leveraged financings, including $100 million financing in favor of Ameresco
  • Credit Suisse as administrative agent in restructuring of credit facility in favor of Liberman Broadcasting
  • GE Capital as administrative agent, lender and arranger in a series of leveraged finance transactions in the TMT group prior to the sale of the GE Capital loan portfolio to Capital One
  • Capital One in transactions in their TMT group, including credit facilities in favor of Sinclair/Tribune Broadcasting and Cunningham Broadcasting
  • Post Road Capital in a series of combined senior debt and equity financings in the telecommunications and health care industries
  • Atalaya Capital in a series of combined senior debt and equity transactions in telecommunications, broadcasting and branding industries, including restructuring and realizing on an investment in a European telecommunications company Alltran, a portfolio company of a private equity firm, in connection with the restructuring of first and second lien loan facilities, and its subsequent sale
  • A nationally prominent private equity firm and various portfolio companies in a range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions and financing activities, commercial and employment litigation, OSHA and environmental matters
  • One Sixty Over Ninety, a portfolio company of a private equity firm, in a $80 million debt facility to finance a dividend recapitalization
  • CapX Partners in equipment lease facilities
  • Funds affiliated with private equity firms and banks, including Citizens Bank, investing in high yield debt and term debt financings

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (2010-2021)
  • Named, Boston Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Lawyer of the Year The Best Lawyers in America® (2014)
  • Named, Chambers USA (2004-2014)
  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking Law and Corporate Law (2006-2009)