Corporate & Transactional

Debt Finance

Pragmatic and business-minded in our approach to transactions.

Meet the team

Locke Lord has a large and sophisticated Debt Finance Practice that actively serves clients throughout the world from our U.S. and London offices. We represent both regulated and non-regulated lenders, such as diversified global financial institutions, national, regional and local banks, insurance companies, investment funds, asset managers, private equity-managed debt funds, Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) and Business Development Companies (BDCs). We also regularly represent both public and private borrowers, such as private equity firms and their portfolio companies, in all types of debt transactions, including leveraged financings to fund M&A transactions and recapitalizations as well as restructurings.

Our debt finance lawyers are pragmatic and business-minded in our approach to transactions. This approach, together with our focus on market dynamics, allows us to partner with our clients to tailor the best solution for a particular transaction. We work closely with our colleagues in other practice areas, such as corporate, M&A, tax and insolvency/restructuring to manage transactions in an efficient manner and customize strategies to meet our clients’ business objectives.

Our debt finance lawyers are actively engaged in a variety of financings, including:

  • National and international syndicated credit facilities (mid-cap, large-cap and investment grade)
  • Mezzanine, second lien and “unitranche” financings
  • High-yield and convertible debt issuances
  • Asset-based financings
  • DIP and exit financings
  • Tax-exempt financings
  • Master limited partnership (MLP) financings
  • Energy financings
  • Structured financings
  • Multicurrency financings
  • Highly leveraged transactions

We use our extensive knowledge of traditional and cutting-edge transactional structures to enhance our clients' competitiveness and ensure their success in an evolving marketplace. Areas of our industry focus include:

  • Automotive
  • Banking and financial services
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Food and agriculture
  • Gaming
  • Health care
  • Hospitality
  • Life sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Retail
  • Staffing and professional services
  • Technology, media and communications