William Brady is Head of the firm’s Alternative Lender and Private Credit Group, focused on the global private credit market. He is also a member of the Special Situations Group at Paul Hastings. Mr. Brady is based in the firm’s New York office.
Mr. Brady’s practice focuses on complex finance transactions and credit arrangements, particularly those financings that include multiple tranches of debt. He regularly structures and negotiates a wide range of financing facilities, such as mezzanine debt, second-lien loans, unitranche facilities, first-out/last-out and term "B" facilities, and holdco note purchases.
Mr. Brady represents a broad array of alternative lenders and investors, including traditional mezzanine funds, second lien lenders, hedge funds, BDCs, SBIC funds, and specialty finance companies, often in the context of domestic and cross-border leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, refinancings and restructurings. Over the past five years, he has structured and closed more than 150 financings for transactions ranging from $25 million to $4.5 billion.
Mr. Brady has extensive experience in intercreditor and interlender issues, secured creditor and bankruptcy rights and debt restructurings, and he regularly negotiates intercreditor and subordination agreements, agreements among lenders and other complex interlender agreements. His experience extends across a variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, energy, retail, media, communications, gaming, pharmaceuticals, biotech, manufacturing, financial services, insurance, security, and food services.
Chambers USA has recognized him for “standing out as an excellent negotiator” and being “very practical and clearly identifying the ‘must have’ versus the ‘nice to have’ elements of a transaction.”
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2009-2014
- Chambers USA: Banking and Finance, 2012
- Refinitiv, "Rising Rates Set to Boost Private Credit Yields," Quoted in a story regarding the expected rise in direct lending yields. "With rate hikes expected in 2022, many asset managers will benefit from higher margins being applied to their existing portfolio as well as new issuances, while borrowers will seek to monitor liquidity to continue servicing their debt closely."
- Refinitiv, “Direct Lenders to Continue Taking Syndicated Market Share in 2022”- Quoted in a story regarding the outlook for the private credit market in 2022. “Less execution risk and lack of flex provisions make private debt an attractive option, especially in the context of financing an LBO transaction.”
- Reuters, “Direct lenders weigh impact of aggressive Ebitda add-backs"- Mentioned in an article focused on aggressive lender-friendly features meant to reduce leverage as companies fail to hit revenue expectations.
"If an investment is made or worse off, a dividend is taken pursuant to an incurrence test based on inflated Ebitda, that money is not coming back."
- Institutional Investor, "The High-Octane, In-Demand, and Worrying World of Risky Loans"- Mentioned in an article focused on risks associated with the expanding market of nonbank lending.
"There’s “very, very little margin for error for companies because of the leverage. A couple hiccups, or a couple mistakes by management, and you can find yourself in a default scenario."
- Bloomberg Brief, "Private Credit's Dry Powder Waits for Downturn Opportunity"- Profiled in a Q&A session on the opportunities for private credit in a market downturn and the evolution of non-bank lending since 2009.
"We are constantly trying to come up with new structures to make our clients more competitive and more attractive to the prospective borrower. We’ve also seen joint ventures where two asset managers get together and pitch to a private equity sponsor as one lender. Then they work out the deal among the lender group behind the scenes. It gives the sponsor reassurance that there is less execution risk."
- S&P Global, "Keep It Simple"- Mentioned in an article focused on private equity sponsors liking the simplified structure unitranche loans offer. "I have front-end deals, soft restructurings, hard restructurings. I’ve never had such a variety of things on my desk. It’s a hybrid market."
- Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2001
- University of San Diego School of Law, International Business Law Program (Barcelona and London), 1999
- Eckerd College, B.A. in Political Science, 1997
- The agent and lender in connection with a multi-jurisdictional second lien loan and preference share instrument issued in connection with the $4.3 billion acquisition of a NYSE-listed education company.
- The agent and lead last-out lender in a $225 million bifurcated unitranche loan to a sponsor-backed software company to refinance existing debt and fund a dividend recapitalization.
- A second lien agent and lenders in a $45 million second lien loan to a sponsor-backed packaging company to refinance $200 million of high yield bonds.
- The agent and lenders in a $55 million secured mezzanine loan in connection with a $195 million sponsor-backed, cross-border acquisition of a packaging company.
- The agent and lenders in a $45 million split collateral term loan on a "last-out" basis and a $7.5 million unsecured mezzanine loan to a sponsor-backed retail company to refinance existing debt and fund a dividend recapitalization.
- The agent and lenders in the purchase of $20 million of subordinated notes in connection with a $110 million sponsor-backed acquisition of a food service company.
- The lenders in a $45 million holding company loan to refinance existing debt and fund a dividend recapitalization.
- The agent and last-out lenders in a $75 million bifurcated cross-border unitranche loan consisting of U.K., Canadian and U.S. term loans to a sponsor-backed software company in order to refinance existing debt and fund a dividend recapitalization.
- The agent and lenders in a U.K.-based €35 million mezzanine loan in connection with a €265 million sponsor-backed acquisition of a Dutch clothing retailer.
- Secured and unsecured mezzanine lenders in connection with a $125 million consensual foreclosure of a sponsor-backed personnel company, restructuring the balance sheet and converting substantial portions of debt to equity.
Engagement & Publications
Mr. Brady is a thought leader on a variety of financings, restructurings and special situations, and speaks at various junior capital, multi-tranche finance and related finance conferences and seminars. His recent press and speaking engagements include:
- Quoted, LevFin Insights, "Direct lenders face twin challenges of higher rates and slower economic growth"
- Quoted, Refinitiv, "Direct Lenders to Continue Taking Syndicated Market Share in 2022"
- Co-author, "Covid-19 forces managers to be more creative" Private Debt Investor
- LPGP 2nd Annual Women in Private Debt (London): Panel Moderator "Global Special Situations"
- "’Shadow Banking’ Saddled With Undeserved Poor Image," CFO
- Private Debt Investor Forum (New York): Panel Moderator "Cross Border Transactions"
- "What The Drop In Private Debt Fundraising Means For Attys," Law 360
- "Buyout Firms Face Higher Cost of Debt Issuance After Dry Spell," Wall Street Journal
- Private Fund Finance & Compliance (San Francisco): Panel Moderator: "The Rise of Private Credit"
- Private Debt Investor Capital Structure Forum (London): Panel Moderator: "Deal, No Deal or Distribution"
- Private Debt Investor Forum (New York): Panel Moderator: "Capturing Yield in Special Situations
- Co-author, "Unitranche 2.0: A global (r)evolution," Private Debt Investor
- Private Debt Investor Capital Structure Forum (London): Headline Panel: "How Private Lending Has Changed the Financial Industry in Europe" panel moderator
- Private Debt Investor Forum (New York): Panel Moderator: "Understanding Unitranche"
- Private Debt Investor Forum (New York): Panel Moderator: "Blurred Lines: An Analysis of How the Private Debt Market is Converging"
- Private Debt Investor Roundtable: "Drumming for Dollars," PDI Us Special
- IIR’s Private Debt & Mezzanine Finance: "The Forum for the Alternative Debt Markets Conference", Paris
- American Law Institute’s "Commercial Lending Today" Conference on Intercreditor Agreements
- Author, "The Unitranche (R)evolution – Rapidly Evolving, Dramatically Increasing," Bloomberg BNA