Finance Push Continues at Paul Hastings with Market-Leading Leveraged Finance Partner Addition in New York
March 21, 2018
New York—Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Andres Mena, a debt finance lawyer, previously with Kirkland & Ellis, has joined the firm as a partner in the Leveraged Finance practice in New York. His arrival continues the firm’s investment in its market-leading Finance practice. Mena joins a preeminent practice, bolstered by recent partner additions and up-from-the-ranks partner nominations.
“We’re committed to providing top legal counsel to our clients and Andres is a great addition for the firm,” said Seth Zachary, chair of Paul Hastings. “The ability to represent clients across the spectrum of sophisticated financing transactions is a major strategic advantage of and priority for our firm. Andres’ arrival and other recent additions serve to further strengthen our global leadership, breadth, and overall capabilities,” he added.
“Paul Hastings has strong teams within all areas that underlie my practice, including top-notch Leveraged Finance and Restructuring practices, a deep focus on energy matters, and premiere Latin America coverage,” said Mena. “I’ve worked alongside Paul Hastings lawyers in the past and have been impressed by their expertise and strong client relationships, especially in Leveraged Finance. The deep bench of impressive attorneys is simply outstanding. I am looking forward to helping continue to grow the firm’s market-leading practice in that space,” he added.
The Paul Hastings Leveraged Finance team has advised on the financings for several high-profile deals, including the £1 billion acquisition of Laird PLC by Advent International; the $3.55 billion financing in connection with Meredith Corporation’s acquisition of Time Inc.; the $4.75 billion financing for Bass Pro Group, LLC’s acquisition of Cabela’s Incorporated; the $575 million financing of GTCR’s strategic investment in Vivid Seats; the $907 million financing for Compass Power Generation, L.L.C., a portfolio company of Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC; the $1.25 billion financing for Dynegy Inc.; and the $9.45 billion acquisition of Energy Future Holdings by Sempra Energy.
Mena concentrates his practice in debt and leveraged finance, representing public and private borrowers and private equity sponsors. Over the last 15+ years he has represented corporate clients, private equity funds, and lenders in numerous financing and restructuring matters. These include LBOs and acquisition financings, recapitalizations, out-of-court workouts and DIP financings, with an emphasis in the cross-border and energy space. Mena is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and of the Universidad de Chile.
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Andres Mena is a partner in the Corporate department of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Mena concentrates his practice in debt finance and private equity. He represents corporate clients, private equity funds and lenders in connection with acquisition and leveraged financings, as well as debt restructurings and workouts, with an emphasis in the cross-border and energy space. Mr. Mena’s transactions include senior, subordinated, first and second lien, debtor-in-possession and other financing facilities.
Mr. Mena was recognized by Chambers Global for both Banking & Finance (Experts Based Abroad) and Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (Foreign Experts) and as a "Leading Lawyer" by the IFLR1000. He was profiled in the September 2006 edition of the Diario Financiero of Santiago de Chile, included in the “Global Positioning” article of July 2008’s LatinLawyer Magazine and in the April 2009 edition of “Capital” magazine of Santiago de Chile.
Professional and Community Involvement
North-American Chilean Chamber of Commerce — Member of Board of Directors
University of Chicago Law School
Universidad de Chile