Christopher J. Carolan is an experienced debt finance and corporate attorney. He has led engagements on behalf of arrangers, agents, lenders, borrowers and issuers involved in commodities, retail, technology, telecommunications, media, real estate, healthcare, oil and gas, renewable energy and manufacturing.
Chris’ lending clients provide first lien, second lien or mezzanine financing, and are comprised of global financial institutions, regional banks, funds, venture capital investors, private individuals or family offices. His borrower clients include publicly traded entities, REITs, funds, closely held companies and private equity owned portfolio companies of all sizes.
Chris has extensive experience with syndicated credit facilities, letters of credit, receivables purchase transactions, mortgage repurchase transactions and mortgage warehouse lines of credit. He often handles transactions that raise international or cross-border collateral and guaranty issues and complex intercreditor arrangements.
He works closely with his borrower clients to understand their strategies and businesses, and to help position them for future growth. Additionally, offering “360-degree” service to his clients, Chris has handled workouts and restructurings of problem loans and distressed borrowers, working seamlessly with bankruptcy counsel when needed.
Chris also represents venture capital and private equity investors in connection with their creation, fund formation, capital raising, investments, acquisitions and divestitures. In this capacity, he serves as outside general counsel to a leading venture capital management firm that invests in, manages and provides growth support to the highest quality companies in the information security, management and analytics sectors.
- Represented a leading global, U.S.-based bank as the arranger, administrative and collateral agent, lead lender, and letter of credit issuer in several senior, secured, syndicated credit facilities, ranging in size from $35 million to $4 billion. Included related workouts, restructurings, or liquidations, particularly involving retailers.
- Represented a global, French-based bank as lender in leveraged commodity finance (including oil, gas, chemicals, metals and grain), international trade finance and general corporate finance transactions.
- Represented a large U.S. bank as arranger, agent, and lead lender in unsecured, syndicated loans to public REITs, in mortgage warehouse lines of credit, and in mortgage repurchase transactions.
- Represented several borrowers under senior, syndicated credit facilities from various financial institutions as agents and lenders, and in matters relating to their issuance of public notes.
- Represented a family-owned communications and media company with assets in newspapers, broadcast television and cable television in connection with their $500 million senior, syndicated secured revolving credit facility, term loans and its issuance of publicly traded notes.
- Represented the portfolio company of a venture capital management firm, as well as the venture capital management firm, in the sale of the company to one of the largest global cybersecurity businesses based in Silicon Valley.
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- New York Institute of Credit
Community : Human Rights Campaign: National Board of Directors (2012 to present)
- J.D., New York University School of Law, 2000; New York University Law Review, Notes Development Editor
- M.A., Fordham University, 1997
- B.A., Fordham University, 1995, magna cum laude
Admissions : New York
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