A Bespoke Approach to Your Most Complex Transactions
Through our debt finance practice, we advise clients in deals ranging from cross-border secured lending transactions to innovative impact finance and blended capital structures. We represent lenders, borrowers, family offices, private debt funds, project sponsors, foundations, and development finance institutions, with an emphasis on private debt strategies for the middle-market that bring financial solutions to innovators and growing enterprises in domestic, developed and emerging markets.
We represent clients across a broad spectrum of complex secured and unsecured lending transactions Including:
- Senior secured debt facilities
- Leveraged acquisitions
- Asset-based lending
- Working capital facilities
- Project financings
- Mezzanine financings
- Bridge loans
- Hybrid debt instruments
- Fund financings
- Program-related investments
- Venture debt
We regularly advise lender clients in all aspects of their lending transactions, from deal inception to closing, and through post-closing compliance, workouts and restructurings. Through our innovative yet practical approach to lending, we are able to help clients design deal structures that enable them to achieve their financial objectives while mitigating borrower and market risks. We work with lenders to perform due diligence on potential borrowers, document drafting and negotiation of the collateral package, as well as structuring and overseeing closing.
Our borrower clients trust us to negotiate deal terms that help them adeptly navigate market pressures and demands while providing them the flexibility and financial support they need to meet their commercial objectives and growth targets. Our broad and sophisticated understanding of lender terms and market trends.
We see venture debt as an alternative source of financing for entrepreneurial ventures. Encompassing both senior and subordinated debt instruments that compliment traditional venture capital, these innovative financing solutions can help extend the cash runway of early stage ventures to achieve the next milestone while minimizing equity dilution for employees and investors. We draw upon our deep experience in both traditional debt finance and private equity/venture capital financings to help both funders and growth enterprises structure, negotiate and execute a wide variety of venture debt solutions.
Program Related Investment (PRI) Lending
Our experience with the mission driven objectives of philanthropic organizations and the regulatory framework within which they must operate, combined with our lending expertise, makes us uniquely qualified to structure innovative PRI loans that drive charitable objectives and value.continue
We have significant experience navigating the unique tax, finance and structuring complexities of program related investments made by foundations and charitable organizations to leverage their philanthropic dollars. Unlike grant funding, PRI loans allow foundations to preserve their capital while furthering their charitable mission, and in certain instances earn a return on their investment.
Intersection of Impact and Lending
Many of our debt transactions are structured as multiple-bottom line investments. Our depth of experience in the impact field, coupled with the sophistication of our debt practice, enables us to help our clients navigate the complexities of impact lending with the goal of minimizing financial risk while maximizing social and environmental performance.continue
We represent leading impact investors and foundations that bring debt capital to markets where there is a gap in the capital stack, including in underserved communities and emerging markets where the lack of debt capital can be a critical impediment to economic growth.
Through our impact lending practice, we have worked on transactions involving solar finance, clean energy, clean technologies, public health, public education, affordable housing, financial inclusion, rural economic development, and sustainable agriculture.