Broker-Dealer Formation

Represented one of the top fixed-income traders in the U.S. in the formation of a broker-dealer that is located in Puerto Rico to take advantage of special tax incentives, and the development of an industry-first corporate bond pricing model and data service. Our client will provide a specified percentage of its profits to charitable causes under the “B” Corporate structure.

Investment Manager – Fund Liquidation

Represented an investment manager in fund liquidation; including the sale of ownership stakes and position in portfolio companies.

Foreign Investment Advisor – U.S. Securities Advice

Advised German-based investment advisor with respect to U.S. securities regulations.

MEAG Munich – Regulatory Advice

Represented MEAG Munich in providing regulatory advice regarding traders under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act.

Art Collector – Syndicated Term Loan

Represented a group of affiliated entities in a $150 million syndicated term loan credit facility from three private bank lenders collateralized by an extensive art collection located in museums, galleries and other third-party warehouse facilities throughout the world.

$75 Million Revolving Credit Facility

Represented a major U.S. commercial bank, as agent, in a $75 million revolving credit facility to a bank holding company.

Bank Real Estate Lending Policies

Represented a non-U.S. bank, subject to New York State bank regulatory authority, in the development of its real estate lending policies and procedures.

Highbridge Capital Management – Los Angeles Dodgers

Advised Highbridge Capital Management regarding the rules and regulations applicable to Highbridge's $60 million interim bankruptcy financing to the Los Angeles Dodgers. We also advised Highbridge on its proposed long-term $150 million credit facility to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fund of Funds Acquisition

Represented the manager of a multi-billion dollar hedge fund in the acquisition of Fairfield Greenwich Funds and in various debt transactions and regulatory matters.

Mezzanine Lenders – $25 Million Facility

Represented mezzanine lenders in a $25 million secured agented mezzanine facility to a Texas developer. Proceeds of the loans were applied to acquire and develop land in Horseshoe Bay, Lano, and Burnet, Texas.

$225 Million Credit Facility for MLB Owner

Represented two agent banks in a $225 million facility for the owner of a leading Major League Baseball franchise. The facility is secured by a pledge of 99% of the equity interest in the franchise holder. We later represented the agent banks in granting the required consent for the financing of a new stadium for the team.

Hedge Fund – Music Acquisition Financing

Represented a Connecticut-based hedge fund and a Wall Street investment bank in a joint acquisition financing and restructuring of a secured multi-draw term loan facility. A portion of the proceeds were used by the borrower, a global music publisher, to acquire an interest in the song catalogs of Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Daryl Hall & John Oates; Holly Knight, an accomplished musician and songwriter who has written hits for Tina Turner, Pat Benatar and Aerosmith; Six Degrees; Blue October; The Matrix; and Daniel Johnston, among others.

NHL Franchise Syndicated Credit Facility

Represented a major U.S. commercial bank, as a lender, in a senior secured credit facility to the parent company of an NHL franchise. The credit facility consisted of a $55 million revolver and $30 million delayed draw term loan, the proceeds of which were used to acquire the remaining ownership interest in the NHL franchise and for working capital purposes.

Asset-Based Loan Facility

Represented a U.S. commercial bank, as a participant, in an asset-based loan facility to a luxury home furnishings manufacturer and in the resolution of asset eligibility issues arising from extended term receivables.

Secured Term Loan Credit Facility

Represented a U.S. commercial bank, as administrative agent and lender, in a $25 million syndicated, secured term loan credit facility to a soft drink bottling and distributing company. The proceeds of the term loan were used to build out existing production facilities and working capital purposes.

Resort Financings

Represented an institutional lender in a $65 million acquisition and pre-development loan for the construction of a residential golf community and luxury hotel development in Mexico and in a development loan in Bermuda.

Cross-Border Lending

Representation of a U.S. commercial bank in a $13 million term loan and advised line facility with advances supported by guaranties of foreign affiliates and foreign receivables generated by Asian subsidiaries.

Royal Bank of Scotland – Distressed Debt

Represented Royal Bank of Scotland in its trading activities involving various tranches of distressed bank debt.

Institutional Lender – Not-For-Profit School Financing

Represented an institutional lender in term, construction and revolving credit facilities to a not-for-profit school for the arts. The facilities are secured by prime and collateral mortgages on properties in California and New York.

Commercial Bank – Credit Facility

Represented a leading commercial bank, as sole lender, in a senior secured term credit facility to an investment manager of three real estate opportunity funds. The transaction required amending a previous facility to coordinate the payments, conditions and covenants of the two facilities.

Hylan Credit Facility

Represented a U.S. commercial bank, as lender, in a secured credit facility consisting of a term loan and a revolving loan to Hylan, a fiber optic data communications contractor, to finance a recapitalization resulting in the sale of 50% of the company to a private equity firm. The loans are secured by a first lien on all present and future assets of the borrower.

Strategic Check – Non-Recourse Financings

Represented Strategic Check regarding form and substance of non-recourse financings for athletes based on assignments of substantial compensation revenues.

Commercial Bank – Workout and Forbearance

Represented a major U.S. commercial bank in a workout of a multi-million dollar loan facility to a group of companies involved in direct sales fashion for women.

Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility

Represented a U.S. commercial bank, as agent, in an $80 million secured asset-based revolving loan facility to an apparel manufacturer. This involved the transfer of the agency role to the bank and continues to have various amendments to the loan documents, including negotiating new factoring arrangements, intercreditor agreements and third party waivers.

$400 Million Syndicated Revolving Loan Facility

Represented a U.S. commercial bank in a $400 million syndicated revolving loan facility to a trust established by a major sports league to make further loans to participating clubs. The loan is secured by team revenues from league sponsored TV rights and other revenue sources on a non-cross collateralized team basis.

Collateralized Lender – Secured Loan Documentation

Represented a private collateralized lender in the development of documentation for secured loans where the collateral includes stock of public companies traded on non-US markets.

$425 Million Credit Facilities

Represented a private bank, as letter of credit issuer and administrative agent, in a $100 million letter of credit facility; and as lender in a $325 million revolving credit facility, each to a trust, the proceeds of which are for working capital purposes. The facilities are cross-collateralized and secured by a combination of public company stock, diversified liquid assets and cash.

Three Ocean Partners – Formation

Represented Three Ocean Partners in its formation and organization, equity capital raise and registration as a broker dealer as well as across a spectrum of portfolio investments.

Investment Bank – Alleged Breach of Exclusive Agency Agreement

Representing a New York-based investment bank in litigation with a German oil and gas company alleged to have breached an exclusive agency agreement in connection with a $325 million capital raise.

Investment Bank and FCM – CFTC Investigation

Representing a prominent investment bank and futures commission merchant in an investigation by the division of enforcement of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regarding the purported failure to properly report certain swap data to the firm's designated swap data repository.

Multinational Insurance and Reinsurance Company – Capital Markets and Regulatory Advice

Ongoing capital markets and regulatory advice to the investment advisory unit of a multinational insurance and reinsurance company.

Financial Services – Trader Employment Agreement

Represented a financial services firm in the development of an employment agreement template addressing protection of trading algorithms and other proprietary information.

U.S. Commercial Bank – Cyber Insurance

Represented a U.S. commercial bank regarding an analysis of its existing cyber insurance policy and advice with respect to policy modifications.

Broker-Dealer – Sales Practice Investigation by FINRA

Successfully negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of a broker-dealer in a sales practice investigation initiated by FINRA concerning allegations that the firm made false and/or misleading representations to customers in connection with the sale of certain mortgage backed securities.

Investment Advisor – Litigation Related to Failed Merger and $700 Million in Asset Losses

Represented a registered investment advisor, its managers and the RIA's proprietary funds in a series of four consolidated securities class actions lawsuits, two concurrent state court actions, and a Bermuda and SDNY bankruptcy, involving more than $700 million in claims arising out of a failed merger between the funds and a public shell company.

Doral Bank – Sale of Property Finance Unit

Represented Doral Bank in the sale of the Doral Property Finance Group, including a portfolio of real estate focused loans, to a multi-billion dollar REIT.

National Hockey League Credit Facilities

Represented a national bank, as syndicate lender, in the NHL league-wide credit facilities consisting of a $990 million senior secured revolving credit facility and a $410 million delayed draw secured term loan facility.

Private Bank – Restrictive Covenant Claims

Secured a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of an international private bank to enforce non-competition and non-solicitation restrictive covenants against a team of private bankers, responsible for $4 billion in assets, who breached obligations when they resigned en masse to join a competing bank. Following an evidentiary hearing, the court fully enforced the restrictive covenants and enjoined the defendants until the expiration of the non-competition and non-solicitation periods.

New York Court of Appeals Victory for Capital One N.A.

Won an important victory before the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of a major national bank regarding the shortening of the limitations period contained in New York’s UCC 4-406 which governs a bank customer's duty to discover and report unauthorized signatures or alterations. In a significant decision for the banking industry, the Court of Appeals held that two financially sophisticated parties can modify UCC 4-406’s statutory one-year period for reporting unauthorized activity to 14 days, the time frame provided for in the bank documents between the parties. Herrick represented Capital One through every stage of the dispute, obtaining dismissal of the customer’s complaint at the trial court which awarded summary judgment to Capital One on all of its counterclaims.

Insurance Coverage Dispute – Theft by Armored Car Executives

Representation of a major national bank and its subsidiary in an insurance coverage dispute involving cash transported in armored cars. A unanimous New York State Appellate Division, First Department panel ruled in favor of our clients, finding that the "in transit" clause of the insurance policy also covers theft by the armored car company's executives while the money was in their vault as part of the contracted-for delivery process.

Metropolitan National Bank – Intellectual Property Counsel

Represented Metropolitan National Bank in all its intellectual property needs. We help the bank register and protect all of its trademarks and service marks, oversee outside trademark litigation counsel when necessary, and negotiate service provider license agreements for banking software and technology solutions.

Non-U.S. Lender – Syndicated Revolving Facilities

Represented the New York branch of a non-U.S. lender, as agent, in a $340 million syndicated revolving loan facility containing a $100 million overdraft credit facility.

$200 Million Bank Syndicated Club Credit Facility

Represented a major U.S. commercial bank, as lender, in a $200 million bank syndicated club credit facility to one of the major professional sports leagues, the proceeds of which are for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

Commodity Futures Broker – SEC Investigation

Successfully represented a commodity futures broker in an SEC investigation into allegations that the broker participated in a Ponzi scheme fraud perpetrated by a hedge fund manager. Following our Wells submission, the SEC determined not to pursue any enforcement action against our client and closed the investigation.

150,000 Square-Foot Bank Sublease

Represented Mizuho Corporate Bank in its sublease of 150,000 square feet at One State Street Plaza in Manhattan.

Securities Broker – Summary Judgment in Raiding Dispute

A broker-dealer and its employees in a "raiding" dispute brought by a rival broker-dealer, including claims of corporate espionage and theft of trade secrets. After a number of the plaintiff's claims were dismissed at the pleading stage, we obtained summary judgment in favor of our clients and dismissal of the remaining causes of action.

MEAG New York – Master Securities Forward Transaction Agreement

Represented MEAG New York Corporation in review and negotiation of master securities forward transaction agreement proposed by Wells Fargo.

MEAG New York – Master Securities Forward Transaction Agreement

Represented MEAG New York Corporation in review and negotiation of master securities forward transaction agreement proposed by Citibank NA.