Vanessa G. Spiro

Partner at K&L Gates LLP

Vanessa G. Spiro

Vanessa G. Spiro

Partner at K&L Gates LLP

Biography

Vanessa Spiro is a partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, where she is a member of the banking & asset finance practice group. She has substantial experience in leveraged finance and represents financial institutions and other creditor entities and borrowers (corporates, sponsors and other capital end-users) in connection with acquisition financings, cash flow and asset-based transactions and other finance matters. She also has significant experience in restructurings, workouts, distressed debt matters and debtor-in possession and exit financings.

Ms. Spiro has been recognized for her work in both The Legal 500 and New York Super Lawyers, and she has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of American Lawyers. She has been quoted by numerous media outlets and has appeared on Bloomberg Television to discuss loan market conditions.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Spiro practiced finance law for 25 years in New York City, most recently as a partner in the New York office of a major international law firm.

Achievements

* Super Lawyers, New York (Metro section)
* The Legal 500 – Capital Markets; Banking
* Who’s Who, American Lawyers
* Who’s Who, American Women

Professional/Civic Activities

* Member, The Banking Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association
* Member, Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) and various LSTA working committees
* Turnaround Management Association
* Board Member, New York International Children’s Film Festival, Inc.

Speaking Engagements

* Introduction to Acquisition Finance Commitment Papers, October 2016
* Distressed Loan Workouts, Strafford Continuing Education Webinar, August 2016
* Private Equity Distressed Investing and the Regional Economy, Turnaround Management Association, May 2016
* Make Whole Premiums: Enforcement Challenges, Strafford Publishing Webinar, August 2013

Finance

* Telecom borrower in $3.3 billion senior credit facility to finance spin-off
* Borrower in $2.3 billion senior secured acquisition facility to REIT
* Borrower in $1.85 billion senior secured multi-currency facility to international aluminum company
* Sovereign wealth fund borrower in $1.7 billion senior secured credit facility to finance the acquisition of an energy company
* Borrower in $1.25 billion senior secured credit facility as part of a broader recapitalization transaction valued at $2.6 billion
* Agent bank in $1 billion senior credit facility to hospitality company
* Home security company borrower in its $762 million senior secured credit facility
* Borrower in $705 million real estate portfolio secured facility.
* Borrower in $520 million senior secured facility
* Borrower in $500 million senior secured revolving credit facility
* Agent bank in $500 million secured credit facility to high net worth individual
* Off balance sheet financing of $500 million to UK communications and cable corporation
* Off balance sheet financing of $400 million to international healthcare products company
* Pipeline company borrower in its $375 million revolving capital facility
* Private equity sponsor in connection with senior secured acquisition financing for leading communications solutions provider in deal transaction valued at approximately $340 million
* Borrower in $300 million senior secured acquisition financing to insurance company
* Auction house borrower in its $300 million senior secured credit facility
* Lender in $300 million subordinated secured loan to affiliated telecom joint venture
* Lender in $230 million senior secured credit facility to national storage facility
* Agent bank in $205 million multi-currency, cross-border senior secured credit facility
* Agent bank in $200 million credit facility to telecom company
* Semi-conductor borrower in $175 million revolving credit facility
* Agent bank in $150 million senior secured revolving credit facility to newspaper media company
* International business process outsourcing company borrower in its $135 million senior secured facility
* Agent bank in connection with $135 million senior secured credit facility to automobile tooling and stamping company to finance a series of acquisitions and to provide working capital facility
* Agent bank in $125 million senior secured multi-currency facility to tooling company
* Agent bank in $119 million senior secured credit facilities to energy company
* Major League Baseball team as borrower in $110 million senior secured revolving credit facility
* Lead lender in $100 million secured subordinated facilities to telecom joint venture
* Mexican joint venture as borrower in $100 million subscription line facility
* Borrower in $50 million senior, secured reserves based revolving credit facility
* Private equity sponsor in connection with revolving credit facility for acquisition of food company
* Agent bank in $35 million senior secured credit facility to technology company
* Lender in $25 million unit unitranche facility
* International shipping company borrower in connection with its senior secured revolving credit facility and related debt arrangements

Restructuring

* Sole lender in restructuring of $1.4 billion residual and warehouse facilities and related arrangements of insurance company
* Agent bank in restructuring of $875 million senior secured credit facilities to coal company
* Lead agent bank in out-of-court restructuring of $300 million senior secured debt of media company
* Senior secured term lenders in $260 million at par sale of loans during chapter 11 process
* Participant in connection with capital structure transformation of global transportation and logistics service company, including the issuance of $250 million of new equity, conversion of $50 million debt to additional equity and the refinancing of $1.1 billion senior secured debt.
* Agent bank in $235 million senior secured exit facilities to steel company, a portion of which was guaranteed pursuant to the U.S. Emergency Steel Loan Guarantee Program
* Creditor committee in connection with successful credit bid of $240 million of certificates and $70 million backstop notes offering for certain energy assets
* Agent bank in $225 million senior secured exit facility to auto supplier
* Agent bank in $190 million senior secured credit facility for acquisition of non-performing mortgage loan portfolio
* Strategic acquirer of $140 million open market debt purchases, through a prepackaged plan of reorganization of the target and the related debtor-in-possession financing
* Agent bank in $120 million senior secured exit facility to luxury retailer
* Purchaser of certain auto tooling production assets in Mexico and related $110 million exit financing
* Lead lender in out-of-court restructuring of $100 million senior secured debt of media company
* Equity investor in restructuring $80 million term loan facility secured by incompleted project
* Media company debtor in $50 million debtor-in-possession financing
* Lead lender in $25 million debtor-in-possession financing to media company
* Lead lender in out-of-court restructuring of $20 million secured credit facility of beauty products company and related issuance of subordinated debt
* Ad hoc committee of noteholders in connection with redemption of notes and exchange offer issued in private placement by a chemicals company
* Purchaser of assets of tooling company pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code sale in a chapter 11 proceeding
* Agent bank in debt for equity exchange and overall restructuring of capital structure of energy company

Debt Capital Markets

* Purchaser in $4.8 billion REIT acquisition
* Large investment bank in program for stock lending transactions, stock sales and total return swaps aggregating up to $2.5 billion
* Initial purchaser in $1 billion Rule 144A and Regulation S offering and concurrent $50 million

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Vanessa G. Spiro
Partner at K&L Gates LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1989

Fordham University is a private, nonprofit, coeducational research university based in New York City, United States. It was founded by the Catholic Diocese of New York in 1841 as St. John's College, placed in the care of the Society of Jesus shortly thereafter, and has since become an independent institution under a lay board of trustees, which describes the University as "in the Jesuit tradition." Fordham is composed of ten constituent colleges, four of which are for undergraduates and six of which are for postgraduates. It enrolls approximately 15,000 students across three campuses in New York State: Rose Hill in the Bronx, Lincoln Center in Manhattan, and Westchester in West Harrison. In addition to these campuses, the University maintains a study abroad center in the United Kingdom and field offices in Spain and South Africa. Fordham awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, as well as various master's and doctoral degrees.

A.B. with Honors
Class of 1986

Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, founded in 1861. Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.

Memberships
Member
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member
Current

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Member
Current

Turnaround Management Association (TMA) is a non-profit association dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. Established in 1988, TMA has more than 9,000 members in 48 chapters, including 31 in North America and one each in Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Romania, Southern Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, with a chapter in formation in Singapore.The TMA Certification Program recognizes professional excellence and provides an objective measure of expertise related to workouts, restructurings and corporate renewal. Applicants for certification must meet stringent standards of education, experience and professional conduct, pass a comprehensive examination and maintain the credential through continuing education credits.

Career History
Partner
2016 - Current

K&L Gates comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

Partner
Prior - 2016

Jones Day LP provides legal services. The company's practice areas include banking and finance, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, government regulations, tax, financial institutions litigation and regulation, business restructuring, and private equity. It offers services to the airlines, aviation, automotive, construction, energy, healthcare, insurance, media, pharmaceuticals and telecommunication industries. Jones Day was founded in March 1893 by Edwin J. Blandin and William Lowe Rice and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Partner
Prior

King & Spalding LLP is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in many offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm also represents hundreds of clients with new ventures and mid-sized companies in emerging industries.Long-standing client relationships are one of the surest barometers of a law firm's success in meeting its clients' needs for legal services. The company's lawyers pride themselves on developing continuing client relationships that are productive, professional and collegial. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, its uncompromising commitment to quality and its dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. The company was established in 1885 and it is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Political Donations
$500
2012

Senator from Virginia

$2,300
2007

Former President of United States

Transactions
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II-VI Incorporated purchases Finisar Corp.

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Investor AB, Patricia Industries AB purchase Sarnova, Inc. from Talisman Capital Management, Inc., Water Street Healthcare Partners LLC

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Reynolds American, Inc. purchases Lorillard LLC

Awards & Honors
Super Lawyers - New York Super Lawyers, Metro
Who's Who of American Women
Who’s Who of American Lawyers
Other Affiliations

Vanessa G. Spiro is affiliated with K&L Gates LLP, Jones Day, King & Spalding LLP

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