Commercial Lending & Finance

Commercial Lending & Finance

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As advisors on financing, our lawyers negotiate and document a range of transactions, including corporate lending, commercial lending, asset-based lending, reserve-based lending, letters of credit facilities, leasing transactions, structured finance, project finance, DIP financing, real estate finance, mezzanine and other subordinated debt financing, and all other areas of finance transactions. Further, we provide all of the necessary due diligence to evaluate risks and to balance business, operational, and legal needs.

Our attorneys regularly advise clients on routine transactions where controlling costs are essential.  We also handle sophisticated financing arrangements, including:

  • Complex subordination and inter-creditor issues.
  • Business combinations and transactions that require special financing, including joint ventures, product and technology licensing, distributorship arrangements, leveraged leasing, and synthetic leasing.
  • All aspects of real estate finance, including traditional mortgages, development and construction loans, and commercial property acquisitions.

Our multidisciplinary approach brings together as needed lawyers in areas such as tax, securities, employee benefits, real estate, environmental, and corporate law. Should workout or restructuring become necessary, our deep litigation and bankruptcy teams have substantial experience representing the needs of both creditors and debtors.

Recent transactions have included representing domestic and international agents/lenders and domestic and international borrowers in industries ranging from oil and gas to utilities, chemicals, vessel maintenance, telecommunications, and convenience stores.

Our Energy Focus

We have advised banks on financing pipelines, offshore production platforms, and oil and gas properties, and have been especially active in advising various foreign and domestic banks as agents in syndicated reserve-based credit facilities. And for industry borrowers our experience encompasses a full range of syndicated and structured financing options for both conventional and renewable/alternative energy projects.

Representative Experience+
 Lender Representation
  • Representation of bank in senior secured credit facilities to finance the development of a gas storage facility in Wyoming.
  • Representation of a bank as the administrative agent in senior credit facilities secured by over 130 convenience stores, the proceeds of which were used to finance the borrower’s acquisition of over 80 convenience stores from ExxonMobil and to refinance other debt of the borrower.
  • Representation of bank for a revolving credit facility and term loan for a convenience store operator covering over 140 properties.
  • Representation of bank as the administrative agent in senior secured credit facilities to finance a private equity fund’s leveraged acquisition of a chemical manufacturing plant in Ohio.
  • Representation of bank as administrative agent for a revolving credit facility and term loan for a retail beverage company.
  • Representation of a bank in a term loan facility secured by a U.S.-flagged offshore supply vessel and related assets owned and chartered by a special purpose vehicle.
  • Representation a bank as the administrative agent in senior secured credit facilities to provide working capital for, and to finance a partial redemption of the equity interests of, a company involved in pipeline construction and related services in connection with a private equity fund’s acquisition of a controlling interest in the company.
  • Representation of marketing and trading company in an agreement to jointly develop and market liquefaction capacity at Freeport LNG’s existing liquefied natural gas terminal near Freeport, Texas.
  • Representation of international bank as the administrative agent for a synthetic lease construction financing for the new Houston headquarters of a global downstream energy company.
  • Representation of an international bank as administrative agent in a revolving credit facility and term loan for an oilfield services company.
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News/Events+

News

09/07/18Twenty-One Porter Hedges Attorneys Selected by Texas Super Lawyers for 2018
08/30/18Porter Hedges Represents Par Pacific in the $45 Million Acquisition of Select Refining Assets from Island Energy Services
08/21/18IFLR1000 United States Ranks Porter Hedges Among the Leading Practices in Texas
08/15/18The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Recognizes Porter Hedges
05/31/18Porter Hedges Represents Carriage Services in its $325 Million Private Offering
05/04/18Chambers USA 2018 Guide Recognizes Porter Hedges Among Country's Leading Law Firms
03/27/18Porter Hedges Advises Par Pacific in the Closing of its Acquisition of Zip Trip Retail Locations
03/12/18Thirteen Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Texas Rising Stars
12/21/17Porter Hedges Represents Par Pacific in $300M Senior Secured Notes Offering and ABL Credit Facility
11/01/17Porter Hedges Recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" Rankings Among Leading National Firms
09/05/17Twenty-One Porter Hedges Attorneys Selected by Texas Super Lawyers for 2017
08/15/17The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Recognizes Porter Hedges
05/26/17Chambers USA 2017 Guide Recognizes Porter Hedges Among Country's Leading Law Firms
04/06/17Porter Hedges Lawyers Named to Who's Who Legal 2017
03/08/17Thirteen Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Texas Rising Stars
02/01/17Jeremy Mouton and Robert Viguet Named as New Practice Group Leaders
11/01/16Porter Hedges Once Again Recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" Rankings Among Leading National Firms
10/05/16Porter Hedges Expands Real Estate Practice with New Partner George S. Craft, Jr.
09/06/16Twenty Porter Hedges Attorneys Selected by Texas Super Lawyers for 2016
08/15/16The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes Porter Hedges
06/21/16Porter Hedges Represents Par Pacific Holdings in Offering of Convertible Senior Notes
06/17/16Porter Hedges Represents Par Pacific Holdings in the $271M Proposed Acquisition of Wyoming Refining Company
05/27/16Chambers USA 2016 Guide Recognized Porter Hedges Among Country's Leading Law Firms
03/04/16Fourteen Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Texas Rising Stars
01/22/16Porter Hedges Elects Two Partners for 2016
11/02/15Porter Hedges Once Again Recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" Rankings Among Leading National Firms
09/08/15Twenty-One Porter Hedges Partners Selected by Texas Super Lawyers for 2015
07/23/15Porter Hedges Receives American Lawyer 2015 Global Legal Award for Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance
03/06/15Eleven Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Texas Rising Stars
11/05/14Porter Hedges Lawyers Named to Who’s Who Legal 2014
11/03/14Porter Hedges Once Again Recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" Rankings Among Leading National Firms
10/22/14Porter Hedges Expands Energy Practice with New Office in Oklahoma City Led by Partner C. Ray Lees
09/05/14Nineteen Porter Hedges Partners Selected by Texas Super Lawyers for 2014
08/29/14Porter Hedges Represents Canyon Midstream in Securing a $50 Million Credit Facility
08/18/14Nineteen Porter Hedges Partners Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2015
04/29/14Joyce Soliman named “Female Powerbroker” by Law360
03/07/14Nine Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Rising Stars
11/01/13Porter Hedges Recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" Rankings Among Leading National Firms
09/27/13Porter Hedges Represents Par Petroleum Corporation in its Acquisition of Tesoro Hawaii, LLC
08/16/13Nineteen Porter Hedges Partners Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2014
07/01/13Janine Yee Named to Lawyers of Color’s First Annual “Hot List”
06/17/13Porter Hedges Represents Par Petroleum Corporation in the $400 million Acquisition of Tesoro Hawaii, LLC
05/24/13Porter Hedges Once Again Ranked by Chambers USA 2013 Among the Country’s Leading Law Firms
03/08/13Nine Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Rising Stars
01/17/13Porter Hedges Elects Three New Partners for 2013
11/01/12Porter Hedges Received National and Local Recognition by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" Rankings
09/05/12Twenty-One Porter Hedges Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2013
06/07/12Porter Hedges Ranked by Chambers USA 2012 Among the Country’s Leading Law Firms
03/09/12Eight Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Rising Stars
03/02/12Ryckman Creek Gas Storage Financing Named 2011 North American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine

Publications

Articles

12/04/18Porter Hedges Partner Joyce Soliman Named Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
07/26/18"Houston-based oil field services co. completes acquisition of local seismic data co.’s assets," Houston Business Journal
06/27/18"Houston-based seismic data co. files for Chapter 11, plans to sell assets to another local co." Houston Business Journal
06/27/18"Seismic Data Co. Files Ch. 11, To Be Bought By Competitor," Law360
12/23/14"Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Porter Hedges' Joyce Kao Soliman," Law360
12/04/14"Pilot Logistics Services and Thomas Petroleum Announce Merger," PR Newswire
10/24/14"Porter Hedges Opens Okla. City Office with Energy Pro," Law360
10/23/14"Porter Hedges Expands Energy Practice to Oklahoma," Houston Chronicle
10/23/14"Porter Hedges Expands Energy Practice to Oklahoma," Texas Lawbook
10/22/14"Porter Hedges Opens First Office Outside Houston," Texas Lawyer
10/22/14"Porter Hedges Opens OKC Office," Oklahoma Journal Record
09/05/14"Kayne Anderson-backed Canyon nets $50 mln," PE HUB
09/04/14"Canyon Midstream Secures $50 Million Credit Facility," MarketWatch
05/30/14"Porter Hedges Becomes Five-Time Member of Law Firm Challenge Club," South Texas College of Law, Houston
05/01/14UHD Program Helps Banking Industry Meet Its Greatest Workforce Need," Houston Business Journal
11/10/13"Stocks Regain Broad Appeal," The Wall Street Journal
09/17/13"Acon, Pritzker take stake in Sequitur for as much as $1B," The Deal Pipeline
06/20/13"Par Petroleum to Shell Out $400M for Tesoro Hawaii," Law360
03/10/03"Porter & Hedges Adds to Growing Ranks," Houston Business Journal