Eric Goodison

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Eric Goodison

Eric Goodison

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Biography

A partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Finance Practice, Eric Goodison represents domestic and international clients in their borrowing and lending and other financing transactions.

EXPERIENCE

Eric has more than 30 years of experience as a financing lawyer representing clients in acquisitions, divestitures, structured financings and work-outs and restructurings.

Eric has significant expertise in structuring, negotiating and consummating leveraged financings for all types of borrowers across many industries from purely domestic companies to multi-national businesses with complex global organizational structures. He has particular strength in complex leveraged transactions. Some of his recent work includes:

* Perry Ellis’ special committee of independent directors in the acquisition of Perry Ellis International by George Feldenkreis, Perry Ellis’ founder and a member of the company’s board of directors, in a transaction valued at $437 million, including in the financing aspects of the deal.
* Qualcomm Incorporated in financing-related issues in connection with its $47 billion proposed acquisition of Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors N.V.
* Berlin Packaging L.L.C., an Illinois-based hybrid packaging supplier of plastic, glass and metal containers and closures and a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners, in its $1.34 billion credit facilities in connection with the refinancing of existing indebtedness.
* Spectrum Brands in its approximately $2.4 billion multicurrency credit facility used to refinance all of Spectrum’s bank debt and to refinance $300 million of its outstanding bonds.
* Imagine! Print Solutions, a Minnesota-based provider of printed in-store marketing solutions and a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners, in its $605 million credit facilities in connection with its restructuring of existing indebtedness.
* Oak Hill Capital Partners, as sponsor, in its:
* $600 million senior secured credit facilities in connection with its acquisition of Safe Fleet Holdings, LLC, a market-leading provider of safety and productivity solutions for fleet vehicles; and
* $525 million acquisition of Tampa-based drive-through restaurant chain Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. from Sentinel Capital Partners.

* TVC Albany (dba FirstLight Fiber) in its $650 million senior secured term loan facilities.
* CI Capital Partners LLC, in connection with its leveraged acquisitions of and subsequent add-ons for companies such as Maroon Group LLC, a specialty chemical distributor; AlliedPRA, a destination management company; Summit Companies, a fire and life safety service and installation company; Tech Air, a distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases; SavATree, a provider of lawn care services; and Pivot Physical Therapy, a sports medicine and aquatic therapy services provider.

A frequent writer and speaker, Eric spoke at the American Bar Association 2015 Business Law Section Annual Meeting and participated on a panel about developments in deal financing techniques at the 27th Annual Corporate Law Institute at Tulane University Law School. Eric has also been a presenter on Stratford’s webinars on commitment letters and covenant-lite loans. Eric has authored articles published in Lexis Practice Advisor entitled “Market Trends 2017/18: M&A Financing,” The Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions entitled “Considerations in Negotiating Closing Conditions in Debt Commitment Letters for Acquisition Transactions” and Practical Law Journal on covenant-lite loans, among others. The Financial Times, in its 2013 annual US Innovative Lawyers report, “highly commended” the firm’s work on behalf of Emmis Communications to monetize its local programming and marketing agreement with ESPN.

Eric’s work speaks to his strength of practice. He is ranked nationally by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in Banking & Finance, and sources say, Eric is the “master of keeping everything simple” and he is “very pragmatic, very knowledgeable, very thoughtful and also very responsive.”

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Eric Goodison
Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1987

The University of Pennsylvania Law School, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the law school of the University of Pennsylvania. A member of the Ivy League, it is among the oldest and most selective law schools in the nation. It is currently ranked 7th overall by U.S. News & World Report, and 1st in terms of career prospects by the Princeton Review, a rank awarded also by the National Law Journal based on placement of graduates in top law firms.It offers the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Comparative Laws (LL.C.M.), and Doctor of the Science of Law (S.J.D.).

BS, cum laude
Class of 1982

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

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Current

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Wellspring seeks to invest in companies with strong, defensible business franchises where the opportunity exists to significantly improve profitability and cash flow.Potential investments should possess one or more of the following characteristics: have strong brand identity or market position; the likelihood for improved productivity or cost reductions through restructuring, reorganizing or redeploying capital into core businesses; and are capable of generating a recurring revenue stream and relatively stable and predictable cash flow with the potential for long-term growth.Wellspring specializes in the following areas: (1) buyouts of private companies, acquisitions of divisions or subsidiaries of public companies and going-private transactions (2) partnering with entrepreneurs to provide capital and strategic guidance for expansion (3) purchasing equity from shareholders of family-owned businesses for financial planning needs and (4) acquiring companies or divisions of larger companies out of bankruptcy or restructuring.Wellspring completes transactions ranging from $50 million to as much as $2 billion in total value. They evaluate and complete acquisition opportunities across a broad range of industries.Wellspring typically does not make investments in telecommunications, high technology, real estate and commodity-based businesses.

Political Donations
$1,000
2014

Minority Leader at Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer

$5,000
2012

Former President of United States

$1,250
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

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Carnival Corp. issued USD Common Stock

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Mosaic Acquisition Corp. purchases Vivint, Inc. from Blackstone Corporate Private Equity, Solamere Capital LLC, Summit Partners LLP

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Oak Hill Capital Management LLC, Berlin Packaging LLC purchase Novio Packaging Group B.V.

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