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Leslie Plaskon

Paul Hastings LLP

New York, NY, USA


Leslie Plaskon is a partner in the Finance and Restructuring practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. She has extensive experience in the representation of senior lenders, alternative and specialty lenders as well as borrowers in connection with leveraged buyout financings, workouts, debt restructures, debtor-in-possession financings and intercreditor issues. She also has extensive experience in representing the agent bank, lending group and steering committees in Chapter 11 cases or out-of-court restructurings and workouts. 

Experience
  • Handled major transactions for financial institutions such as Wells Fargo Finance, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Toronto Dominion and General Electric Capital Corporation including:
    • Representation of Citigroup, Barclays, Nomura, Deutsche Bank and Jefferies in $8.7 billion acquisition financing of PetSmart
    • Representation of Toronto-Dominion Bank, as administrative agent, in connection with reserve-based credit facility and financing of Apollo’s $2.2 billion acquisition of Encana’s Bighorn assets
    • Representation of Wells Fargo in $350 million acquisition financing of Premier Trailer Leasing
    • Representation of Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. as agent and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners of $415 million asset based revolving loan credit facility to XPO Logistics, Inc.
    • Representation of Wells Fargo in $150 million asset-based revolving facility to DJO Finance LLC
  • Representation of Furniture Brands, Centerline, Power Solutions and other borrowers in various finance facilities
  • Represented either the agent bank, lender group or steering committee in the bankruptcy cases or out-of-court restructures involving, among others, CHC Helicopters, Sandridge Energy, Southcross Energy Partners, RG Steel, BearingPoint, Eddie Bauer, New Vision Broadcasting, American Safety Razor, Greatwide Logistics Services, Leiner Health Products, Lenox China Inc., and Allegiance Telecom

Accolades and Recognitions
  • Named by US Legal 500 to the list of leading attorneys for Restructuring
  • Named by International Finance Law Review 1000, Leading Lawyer (Restructuring and Insolvency)
  • The M&A Advisor, 2012 International M&A Advisor Awards
  • The M&A Advisor awarded the successful out-of-court restructuring of PlayPower, Inc. as the “International Restructuring Deal of the Year.” (October 2012)

Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • London School of Economics
  • Tulane University, B.A., (Phi Beta Kappa)
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