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Justin Breen

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Justin Breen is a partner in the Corporate Department and head of  the Leveraged Finance Group. He focuses on the representation of leading banking firms, private equity sponsors and corporations in public and private capital markets transactions and leveraged bank financings. Justin works on both the bank and high yield bond sides of acquisition financings, as well as initial public and follow-on equity offerings. He has represented various leading underwriters, initial purchasers, agents, lenders and dealer managers. Justin’s experience extends across a variety of industries, including energy, retail, media, communications, gaming, pharmaceuticals, and others.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Over recent years, Proskauer Rose LLP’s capital markets practice has broadened its representation of investment banks to strike a more even balance between issuer and manager-side work, with Credit Suisse, Jefferies and William Blair among its key clients. The group also expanded laterally with a double hire into Washington DC: Karen Garnett, who brings to bear a strong regulatory background, joined from the SEC, while business development company specialist William Tuttle joined from Dechert LLP. Among its manager-side highlights, New York-based department co-chair Frank Lopez advised Citigroup and JP Morgan, as underwriters, on two high-yield offerings by Five Point Operating Company totaling $500m. The US group also enjoys a strong record in cross-border deals, where it routinely draws upon the senior experience of European high-yield lead Maximilian Kirchner, who splits his time between London and New York. Justin Breen, who heads the leveraged finance team, is also noted.

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Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Proskauer Rose LLP has established itself as one of the leading players for mid-market and second lien financings, particularly in the private credit sphere - an area where it has led the charge for over a decade. With 20 partners spread throughout its US network, the finance group has established excellent relationships with numerous funds including Ares Capital, which it advised as lead arranger on over $7bn worth of transactions, including a $545m loan to TDG Group Holding Company to finance the purchase of The Dwyer Group by Harvest Partners. The team also advised Ares on the $881m financing for its acquisition of Convergint Technologies. Other key clients include The Carlyle Group, Midcap Financial, and New Mountain Capital. Key figures in the practice group include global finance co-heads Ron Franklin and Andrew Bettwy, leveraged finance head Justin Breen, and Boston-based private credit group co-heads Stephen Boyko and Steven Ellis.

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