Leon A. Yel

Partner

Mr. Yel’s practice primarily focuses on corporate law and lending, including syndicated financings, club loan facilities, bilateral loan arrangements, and blockchain technology and digital currency.

Mr. Yel has negotiated and documented numerous large syndicated secured and unsecured credit facilities, club loan facilities and bilateral loan arrangements. His lending experience includes senior secured, cash flow and asset-based credits. He has represented agents, arrangers, lenders, borrowers, hedge funds and private equity funds in early stage and ABL debt transactions, financings for acquisitions, leveraged recapitalizations and other corporate purposes. Mr. Yel also has experience in debt trading transactions and securitizations.

Mr. Yel previously practiced at CKR Law (Partner), McGuireWoods LLP (Senior Counsel) and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP (Associate). Prior to practicing law, Mr. Yel was Vice President and CFO for Capital Hedging business at JPMorganChase & Co., in addition to being an auditor with Deloitte LLP. Mr. Yel is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Representative Matters of Note

  • Representation of administrative agent in a $6 billion senior credit facility to a national auto loan finance company.
  • Representation of administrative agent and joint lead arranger in a $1 billion senior credit facility to a national retailer.
  • Representation of administrative agent and co-lead arranger in a $1 billion senior credit facility to a sporting goods manufacturer.
  • Representation of administrative agent and lead arranger in a $350 million senior secured credit facility to a leading independent film, television and digital studio.
  • Representation of administrative agent in a $200 million senior term credit facility to a South American iron-ore mining company.
  • Representation of administrative agent in a $150 million senior credit facility to one of the oldest and largest South American banks.
  • Representation of administrative agent and lead arranger in a $135 million senior secured term credit facility to finance the acquisition of a US-based movie studio by a UK-based movie studio.
  • Representation of administrative agent in a $125 million asset-based facility to finance acquisition of a leading provider of plastic packaging by a top-tier sponsor.
  • Representation of administrative agent and joint lead arranger in a $100 million senior secured credit facility to a major global electronic market maker and broker in exchange listed securities.
  • Representation of administrative agent and lead arranger in an $88 million senior secured term credit facility to finance the acquisition of a Scandinavian production company by a UK-based studio.
  • Representation of administrative agent in an $18 million senior asset-based facility for a manufacturer of turn-key computer systems.
  • Representation of a New York based developer in $6 million construction credit facility.
  • Representation of a New York based developer in $5.8 million construction credit facility.

Recognition

  • Super Lawyers - New York - Banking (2019)
  • Super Lawyers, New York Rising Stars (2014-2015, 2017)


Leon A. Yel

LEON A. YEL