Aldo L.LaFiandra (Al)

Partner-in-Charge Atlanta

(T) 1.404.581.8312

Al LaFiandra is a recognized leader among lawyers in leveraged finance and business reorganizations. He has nearly 30 years of experience representing lenders and borrowers in various types of credit arrangements including cash flow, asset-based, and mezzanine loans. Most of these transactions involve multiple tranches of debt and intercreditor arrangements in connection with acquisition financings. Al also has significant experience in workouts and restructurings of financially distressed loans.

Al played a vital role in the bankruptcy court-ordered investigation of Enron while at his former firm by serving as the Editor-in-Chief for each of the reports filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Among his many responsibilities he analyzed complex structured finance transactions, the third-party roles in such transactions, and the corporate governance issues presented by such transactions.

Al is listed as a leading practitioner in many legal publications such as Georgia Trend magazine's "Legal Elite" and Chambers USA. He has written and lectured on numerous topics of interest to the financial community and has served as director and president of the Turnaround Management Association (Atlanta chapter) and a former director of the Association of Certified Turnaround Practitioners (ACTP).

Al currently serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees of Woodruff Arts Center, and is the Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Atlanta Office.

Experience

  • Leading financial services company provides $270 million secured syndicated credit facility in private equity-backed acquisition of fiber optic cable companyJones Day represented a leading financial services company, as left lead arranger and administrative agent, in a $270 million senior secured syndicated credit facility, consisting of a $250 million institutional term loan B and a $20 million revolving credit facility, in connection with the financing of a private equity-backed acquisition of a fiber optic cable company.
  • Leading financial services company provides $111 million secured syndicated credit facility in private equity-backed acquisition of telecommunications companyJones Day represented a leading financial services company, as left lead arranger and administrative agent, in a $111 million senior secured syndicated credit facility, consisting of a $96 million term B loan and a $15 million revolving credit facility, in connection with the financing of a private equity-backed acquisition of a telecommunications company.
  • Leading financial services company arranges loan facility for healthcare services companyJones Day represented a leading financial services company, as administrative agent, in a $350 million syndicated revolving and term B loan facility for a healthcare services company.
  • Leading financial services company arranges loan facility for aggregates companyJones Day represented a leading financial services company, as administrative agent, in a $600 million syndicated asset-based revolving credit facility for a leading U.S. aggregates supplier involving the granting of security interests in collateral constituting "as-extracted collateral" in 16 states.
  • Leading financial services company amends and restates loan to cable companyJones Day represented a leading financial services company, as left lead arranger and administrative agent, in connection with the amendment and restatement of a senior secured syndicated cash flow loan transaction consisting of a $125 million revolver, a $125 million term A loan, and a $225 million term B loan to a cable company.
  • Leading financial services company provides financing to home healthcare companyJones Day represented a leading financial services company, as left lead arranger and administrative agent, in connection with a senior secured syndicated cash flow loan transaction consisting of a $75 million revolver, a $250 million term B loan, and a $150 million delayed draw term B loan to a home healthcare company.
  • Leading financial services company arranges restructuring of communications company credit facilityJones Day represented a leading financial services company, as administrative agent, in a workout and consensual restructuring of a $190 million revolving and term credit facility for a communications company.
  • Leading financial services company provides revolving credit facility for private equity firm in connection with acquisitionJones Day represented a leading financial services company in connection with the acquisition and related financing by a large private equity sponsor of two major U.S. candy producers and distributors.
  • Leading financial services company provides $35 million revolver and $260 million term loan B to cable companyJones Day represented a leading financial services company, as left lead arranger and administrative agent, in connection with a senior secured syndicated cash flow loan transaction consisting of a $35 million revolver and a $260 million term loan B to a cable company.
  • Chemical company restructures debtJones Day represented a publicly-held chemical company in the restructuring of $1.5 billion of indebtedness, including $700 million of senior secured debt and $800 million of bonds, which included an exchange of substantially all the bonds for the equity in the company.
  • Media company exchanges second lien notes for bondsJones Day represented a media company in connection with its exchange of $15 million second lien notes in exchange for $185 million of bonds.
  • Administrative agent provides loan facility to lumber retailerJones Day represented the administrative agent in a $390 million syndicated crossover asset-based credit facility to a lumber company with over 400 retail locations, in a wrap collateral transaction.
  • Global manufacturer obtains credit facilityJones Day represented a publicly-held manufacturer with operations in over 30 foreign jurisdictions in a $495 million syndicated cross-border credit facility consisting of several tranches of secured debt, which involved the granting of collateral in approximately 15 foreign jurisdictions.
  • Administrative agent provides loan facility for acquisition of refined petroleum products management companyJones Day represented the administrative agent in a $400 million syndicated secured credit facility in connection with a limited partnership's acquisition of a refined petroleum products management company.
  • Manufacturer obtains credit facilityJones Day represented a publicly-held manufacturer in a $1.1 billion cross-border syndicated financing credit facility, consisting of several tranches of indebtedness, the proceeds of which were used to finance an acquisition.
  • Media company obtains financingJones Day represented a publicly-held media company in a $900 million syndicated financing, the proceeds of which were used to finance a tender offer of certain of its capital stock.
  • Administrative agent provides loan facility for private equity firmJones Day represented the administrative agent in a $115 million syndicated asset-based credit facility, the proceeds of which were used by a private equity firm to acquire a trucking company.
  • Additional Publications

    • May 2006Bankruptcy Litigation Manual, contributor, Prentice Hall Law & Business
    • May 2006Initial Bankruptcy Litigation, contributing author, ABA Bankruptcy Litigation Manual
    • May 2006Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, contributing editor
    • May 2006Representing the Secured Creditor in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case - A Checklist, coauthor, Business Laws, Inc.
    • May 2006Section 366 of the Bankruptcy Code, coauthor
    • May 2006Working Out the Troubled Credit Before Bankruptcy, coauthor, Tools of the Creditor's Trade, Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Secured Lending
    • April 1998Directors' Duties in LBOs, coauthor, Director's Monthly

    Speaking Engagements

    • February 19, 2015
      Top 10 Mistakes by Parties in Syndicated Loan Transactions
    • 2013
      Syndicated Loan Transactions-Recent Developments, Secured Lending Seminar, sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia
    • 2012
      Syndicated Loan Transactions-Recent Developments (lntercreditor Disputes), Secured Lending Seminar, sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia
    • 2009
      Restructuring Outside of Bankruptcy
    • 2006
      Workout and Bankruptcy Workshop sponsored by Commercial Finance Association
    • 2005
      Debt Subordination Issues
    • 2004
      Lending to Distressed Businesses
    • 2004
      Would You Believe This is the Law?
    • 2003
      A Primer on Asset Securitization, Continuing Legal Education Seminar
    • 2003
      Out-Of-Court Restructurings
    • 2002
      Meltdown.com: Issues in Handling the Turnaround of a Distressed Technology Company
    • 2002
      Healthcare Insolvencies
    • 2001
      Distressed Debt Summit
    • 2000
      Understanding and Avoiding Successor Liability in Assets Sales
    • 2000
      Asset Sales in Bankruptcy
    • 2000
      Discovery Issues in Litigation Before the Bankruptcy Court, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia
    • 2000
      Real Estate Issues in Workouts and Bankruptcies
    • 1999
      Director's Duties in the Zone of Insolvency
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