John Casais represents arrangers, underwriters, and lenders in connection with a broad array of matters in a wide range of industries. John focuses on senior financings, with a concentration on leveraged acquisition financings, and frequently represents clients in transactions that include a junior capital component. His clients include banks, hedge funds, and finance companies.
Financial institution clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citizens Bank, Golub Capital, Jefferies, JPMorgan, KeyBank, Owl Rock Capital Advisors, and SunTrust. John's transactions include the representation of the arrangers and initial lenders in connection with a combined $980 million in original and incremental senior secured credit facilities in favor of NN, a publicly traded manufacturing company, and the representation of the arrangers, underwriters, and initial lenders in connection with $850 million in senior credit facilities and high yield notes for AMAG Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company. Restructuring transactions include the representation of the first lien lenders to RCS Capital Corporation in connection with its reorganization under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, including the negotiation and documentation of $150 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing credit facilities and $650 million of first-and second-lien exit credit facilities, and the representation of an ad hoc group of first lien lenders to AFGlobal Corporation in connection with its reorganization under chapter 11, including $100 million of DIP and exit credit facilities.
John has been recognized repeatedly by Chambers USA ("terrific lawyer...really great, imaginative deal guy") and by The Legal 500 US (recognized for commercial lending as "great" and "solution-oriented").
- April 7, 2016
Commercial and Real Estate Lending Subcommittee Meeting, speaker, ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting
- October 10, 2012
The Sponsorization of the Middle Market: Middle Market Lending Trends, panelist, The Loan Syndications and Trading Association
- August 5, 2012
Syndications and Lender Relations: Commercial Finance, panelist, ABA Annual Meeting
"Highly technical lawyer who really understands both the market and what the creditor wants."Chambers USA
- Boston College (J.D. magna cum laude 1994); The College of Wooster (B.A. with honors 1990)
- Massachusetts and New York
Chambers USA (2014-2021): "a great balance of legal and social intelligence…always responsive, and works through issues, bringing in the right people on his side at the right time"; "combines great analytical advice with concise execution"; "making waves in the marketplace, representing lenders and borrowers in a wide range of syndicated and single lender transactions"