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Leslie A. Plaskon

Partner, Corporate Department
T 1(212) 318-6421
F 1(212) 230-5137
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, the largest specialty pet retailer, by a consortium led by BC Partners
    • 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., an intermodal and logistics management company.
    • Representation of Wells Fargo in $150 million asset-based revolving facility to DJO Finance LLC, a global provider of medical device solutions
    • Representation of Great Rock Capital, GA Capital and other alternative lenders in connection with numerous financings, including General Wireless, Evine, Reichhold Chemicals, Hancock Fabrics and Sypris Inc.
    • 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; Clients note: Leslie Plaskon is “a visionary in strategy and forward-planning.”
  • Named by International Finance Law Review1000, 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.” The deal team included Paul Hastings partner Leslie Plaskon. (October 2012)

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • “Are Buyers of Assets Acquired from Debtors in Section 363 Bankruptcy Sales Protected from Product Liability Claims?” (Paul Hastings Client Alert July 2016)
  • “Delaware Bankruptcy Court Refuses to Dismiss Chapter 11 Case Despite Existence of Secured Lender’s “Golden Share” in Debtor’s Delaware LLC Agreement: Could Bankruptcy-Remote Structures Be at Risk?” (Paul Hastings Client Alert June 2016)
  • “RadioShack – Bankruptcy Court Implicitly Recognizes Enforceability of Agreement Among Lenders But Limits Coverage of First Out Contingent Indemnification Claims” (Paul Hastings Client Alert May 2015 )
  • Current Loan Market Trends (February 2016)
  • Variations in Unitranches and Current Developments (November 2015)
  • Distressed Debt Investing Forum and the Strategic Research Institute

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Admitted to practice in the states of New York and Connecticut

Education

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