Paul Hespel focuses on transactional finance matters, including leveraged acquisition financings and transactional finance matters in distressed settings, representing corporate borrowers, financial sponsors, portfolio companies, financial institutions, and alternative capital sources. He handles both domestic and cross-border engagements.
He has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating secured and investment grade credit facilities; first-lien, second-lien, mezzanine, and multitranche financings; liquidity lines; and high-yield debt offerings. He also counsels clients on forbearance arrangements, out-of-court restructurings, and debtor-in-possession and exit financings.
Paul routinely represents private equity funds and alternative capital sources, including BDCs, SBICs, mezzanine funds, and private debt funds in the structuring and documentation of private credit transactions.
During his more than 20 years of practice, he has developed sector experience in education, financial services (including asset management), REITs, health care, life sciences, manufacturing, and TMT. He speaks and writes on matters of current interest for professional associations, including the Association for Corporate Growth, Practical Law Company, and The Deal.
Bar Admissions : New York
INSEAD, Fontainebleau (M.B.A., 2003)
Duke University (LL.M., 1995)
Catholic University Leuven (LL.M., 1994)
Catholic University Leuven (Single Candidature, 1991)
Belgian–American Chamber of Commerce
Duke University School of Law, Law Alumni Association Board
Duke University School of Law, International Advisory Board