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Eric Goodison
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New York, NY 10019-6064
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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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