Eric L. Muñoz works with clients regarding debt issuance, maintenance and repayment. He also advises on debt covenant compliance and transaction structuring. Most recently, he has advised on recapitalizations to reduce debt and extend debt maturities, on structuring and issuing secured debt, and on acquisition financing.
Prior to his legal career, Eric held management positions in the health care and technology sectors. This background helps him understand strains on management, real-world implications of legal requirements and the impact of budget constraints.
- Brings a deep business background and understands real-world demands on clients.
- Handles corporate financing matters, including syndicated loan transactions and high-yield debt offerings.
- Advises on a wide array of corporate financing transactions during the entire life cycle of a business.
- Assisted Sanchez Energy in restructuring its secured indebtedness to minimize uncertainty with respect to liquidity. Negotiated the finance and security documents to allow the client to achieve its goal of obtaining immediate liquidity. The matter was complicated by the company’s hedging program, which required an additional layer of security considerations and negotiation that had to be coordinated with another outside counsel.
- Advised Birch Petroleum on a secured term loan transaction and secured hedging facility to fund capital expenditures and ensure cash flow following the company’s acquisition of oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin.
- Advised SAExploration, a global seismic services company, in restructuring the company’s balance sheet, converting debt to equity, refinancing debt with longer-term debt, and issuing new debt for operations and acquisitions. As a result of the recapitalization transaction, the company was able to convert almost $80 million of debt to equity, extend debt maturities on its revolving and secured debt, and arrange for additional liquidity.
- Negotiated on behalf of SAExploration for documentation for the extensions of credit to allow the expedited acquisition of significant assets from a competitor that was in liquidation proceedings. The matter involved bankruptcy proceedings and an accelerated timeline, all of which required coordination among the restructuring, acquisition and finance teams. Successfully acquiring the assets provided the company with significant business opportunities.
- Analyzed secured and high-yield debt security covenant packages for private equity firms and similar investors.
- Member, Pro Bono Committee, Akin Gump Houston office.
- Chair, Houston Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section.
- Chair, Inclusion Committee, Akin Gump Houston office.
- J.D., University of Houston Law Center,magna cum laude, 2006
- B.A., Stanford University, 1997
- U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas
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