Charles N.Bensinger III (Chip)

Partner

New York + 1.212.326.3797

Chip Bensinger has nearly 25 years of experience in lending and other finance transactions, representing both capital providers and users in secured and unsecured matters, cross-border and multijurisdictional financings, acquisition financings, asset-based loans (ABLs), sports franchise and arena financings, subordinated and mezzanine debt issuances, private placements, and restructurings and chapter 11 debtor-in-possession and exit financings.

Representative clients include: public and private company borrowers such as Conagra Brands, Delaware North, Diebold Nixdorf, Flowers Foods, Frontier Communications, Lamb Weston, Rex Energy, Verint Systems, and Welbilt; private equity firms such as AGIC Capital, EagleTree Capital, Goode Partners, J.F. Lehman & Co., One Equity Partners, and Riverside; and lenders such as Angelo Gordon, CIT, Citizens, Jefferies, RBS, and SunTrust.

Representative transactions include: innumerable private equity acquisition financings, including advising a consortium of private equity firms in an unusually complex $2.8 billion commodities ABL, term loan, and subdebt acquisition financing; ConAgra Brands' $10.9 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Foods, $6 billion acquisition financing of Ralcorp Holdings, and $1.1 billion spin-off financing of Lamb Weston; an $11.6 billion acquisition financing commitment for Frontier Communications; the $3.1 billion financing of Diebold's cross-border tender offer acquisition of a publicly traded German company; representing a debtor during three years of chapter 11 proceedings and its emergence with five layers of secured and unsecured debt; and financings of baseball (MLB), basketball (NBA), and hockey (NHL) franchises (including construction of the world-class Prudential Center in New Jersey).

Chip was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He joined Jones Day in 1997 and became a partner in 2007.

Experience

  • Koch Strategic Platforms invests in Astranis Space Technologies valuing company at $1.4 billionJones Day represented Koch Strategic Platforms in connection with its participation in the $250 million Series C financing round of Astranis Space Technologies, a builder of small, low-cost telecommunications satellites to connect the four billion people who currently do not have access to the internet.
  • Verint Systems completes $315 million Convertible Notes offeringJones Day represented Verint Systems Inc., a provider of Actionable Intelligence® solutions and value-added services, in connection with an offering of $315 million aggregate principal amount of 0.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires Trillium Engineering, LLCJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, on its acquisition of a substantial investment in Trillium Engineering, LLC, a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered camera gimbals for unmanned aerial systems ("UAS") performing mission-critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, from its founders.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company obtains financing for business combination of Trident Maritime Systems and Lake Shore SystemsJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in connection with the financing for the combination of Trident Maritime Systems and Lake Shore Systems, two formerly separate business groups.
  • Verint Systems separates into two independent companiesJones Day advised Verint® Systems Inc. ("Verint") in the separation and spin-off of its cyber intelligence business, Cognyte Systems Ltd.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires CTS EnginesJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, in the acquisition of CTS Engines, LLC and CTS Testing, LLC.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires ENTACTJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in the acquisition by an investment affiliate and financing of ENTACT, LLC, a national provider of environmental remediation and geotechnical services.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires Murphy Pipeline ContractorsJones Day advised Inland Pipe Rehabilitation, a portfolio company of an investment affiliate of J.F. Lehman & Company, in its acquisition of Murphy Pipeline Contractors, a leading provider of trenchless pipe rehabilitation solutions and technology to the municipal wastewater and storm water markets.
  • Funds managed by EagleTree Capital complete $238 million IPO of Corsair GamingJones Day acted as legal counsel to funds managed by EagleTree Capital, LP in Corsair Gaming Inc.’s $238 million initial public offering, reflecting an enterprise value of approximately $1.7 billion.
  • Lamb Weston amends existing credit agreement with Bank of AmericaJones Day represented Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc., a leading global producer, distributor, and marketer of value-added frozen potato products, in connection with an amendment to its existing credit agreement with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent, to, among other things, provide a new $750 million revolving credit facility.
  • Diebold Nixdorf completes offering of $700 million of Senior Secured NotesJones Day represented Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated, a global leader in driving connected commerce for the banking and retail industries, in connection with the issuance of its $700 million aggregate principal amount of 9.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering.
  • Diebold Nixdorf completes offering of €350 million of Senior Secured NotesJones Day represented Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated, a global leader in driving connected commerce for the banking and retail industries, in connection with the issuance by its wholly-owned Dutch subsidiary, Diebold Nixdorf Dutch Holding B.V., of €350 million aggregate principal amount of 9.000% due 2025 in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires Heneghan Wrecking CompanyJones Day advised NorthStar Group Services, Inc., a portfolio company of investment affiliates of J.F. Lehman & Company, in connection with the acquisition of Heneghan Wrecking & Excavating Co., Inc. and Patrick's Equipment Leasing, Inc., providers of complete structural and interior deconstruction, excavation, and emergency response services for commercial and industrial clients across the Midwest.
  • FuseFx merges with Folks VFXJones Day advised FuseFX, a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital, in the merger of FuseFX with Folks VFX, a high-end, independent visual effects studio headquartered in Montréal with additional studio locations in Toronto and Bogotá, Colombia.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Global Marine GroupJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Global Marine Group.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Integrated Global ServicesJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in the acquisition and related financing of Integrated Global Services, Inc. ("IGS").
  • CORSAIR® acquires SCUF Gaming®Jones Day advised CORSAIR® in connection with the acquisition and related financing of high-performance controller pioneer SCUF Gaming "SCUF®" and its extensive patent portfolio.
  • NRC Group Holdings acquired by US Ecology, Inc. for $966 millionJones Day advised NRC Group Holdings Corp. (NYSE American: NRCG) in its acquisition by US Ecology, Inc., a leading North American provider of environmental services to commercial and government entities, pursuant to an all-stock transaction that values NRCG on an enterprise value at $966 million.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires Wenzel Associates, Inc.Jones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc., of Wenzel Associates, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of crystal oscillators, fixed frequency systems, integrated microwave assemblies, and synthesizers for military, space, and commercial markets.
  • Conagra Brands sells Direct Store Delivery snacks business to Utz Quality Foods, LLCJones Day advised Conagra Brands, Inc. in connection with its divestiture of its Direct Store Delivery snacks business to Utz Quality Foods, LLC.
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