Morgan GovatosLou

Associate

Chicago + 1.312.269.1523

Morgan Lou practices corporate law, with a focus on capital markets, corporate governance, and federal securities law. Her practice includes representing public and private companies in a variety of corporate finance transactions, including debt offerings, tender offers, and exchange offers. She also advises companies on periodic reporting and disclosure obligations and general corporate matters.

Some of the companies Morgan has recently worked with include Nutrien, Peabody Energy, Macy's, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, Cleveland-Cliffs, and Amsted.

Morgan also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing individuals facing evictions and housing issues, representing individuals seeking asylum in the United States, and advising nonprofits on corporate matters.

Before joining Jones Day, Morgan worked as a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow in the Housing Law Program of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services. She also volunteers in the Chicago community as a mentor in a program focused on college-readiness for high school students.

Experience

  • Peabody Energy establishes at-the-market equity programJones Day represented Peabody Energy Corporation, a large private-sector coal company, in connection with the establishment of an at-the-market equity program for the sale of up to 12,500,000 shares of its Common Stock.
  • OGE Energy completes $500 million Senior Notes offeringJones Day represented OGE Energy Corp., a large energy services provider, in connection with its $500 million public offering of Senior Notes.
  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company completes $500 million Senior Notes offeringJones Day represented OGE Energy Corp. in connection with the $500 million public offering of Senior Notes by subsidiary, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company.
  • Bunge Limited completes $1 billion Senior Notes offering by Bunge Limited Finance CorporationJones Day represented Bunge Limited, an exempted company incorporated under the laws of Bermuda, in connection with the public offering of $1 billion aggregate principal amount of 2.750% Senior Notes due 2031 by its wholly owned finance subsidiary, Bunge Limited Finance Corporation.
  • Peabody Energy completes comprehensive exchange transactionJones Day represented Peabody Energy Corporation (the "Company"), a large private-sector coal company, in connection with a series of recapitalization transactions to, among other things, provide the Company with maturity extensions and covenant relief, while allowing it to maintain sufficient operating liquidity and financial flexibility, including: (i) an offer to exchange any and all of its outstanding $459 million aggregate principal amount of 6.000% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (the "Existing Notes") for (a) new 10.000% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 to be co-issued by PIC AU Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Peabody ("AU HoldingsCo"), and PIC AU Holdings Corporation, a Delaware corporation and an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Peabody ("AU HoldingsCorp" and, together with AU HoldingsCo, the "Co-Issuers"), and (b) new 8.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 to be issued by Peabody; and (ii) a restructuring of the revolving loans under the Company's existing credit agreement (the "Existing Credit Agreement") by (a) making a pay down of revolving loans thereunder in the aggregate amount of $10 million, (b) the co-issuers incurring $206 million of term loans under a credit agreement, dated as of January 29, 2021, (c) the Company entering into a letter of credit facility, and (d) the Company amending the existing credit agreement.
  • NSi Industries acquires Polaris Sales Co., LLCJones Day advised NSi Industries, LLC in its acquisition of Polaris Sales Co., LLC, d/b/a Polaris Electrical Connectors, an Odessa, Florida-based market leader of American-made pre-insulated multi-tap connectors.
  • Nutrien completes $1.5 billion public offering of Senior NotesJones Day represented Nutrien Ltd., the world's largest provider of crop inputs and services, in connection with a public offering of $1.5 billion of Senior Notes, consisting of (i) $500 million aggregate principal amount of 1.900% Senior Notes due 2023, (ii) $500 million aggregate principal amount of 2.950% Senior Notes due 2030, and (iii) $500 million aggregate principal amount of 3.950% Senior Notes due 2050.
  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company completes $300 million public offering of Senior NotesJones Day represented Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, a regulated utility that generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electric energy in Oklahoma and western Arkansas, in connection with a public offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of 3.250% Senior Notes due 2023.
  • Cleveland-Cliffs completes offers to purchase for cash 7.625% Senior Notes and 7.50% Senior Secured Notes issued by AK Steel CorporationJones Day represented Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. ("Cliffs"), a large vertically integrated producer of differentiated iron ore and steel in North America, in its offers to purchase for cash any and all outstanding 7.625% Senior Notes due 2021 and 7.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 issued by AK Steel Corporation in connection with Cliffs’ acquisition of AK Steel Holding Corporation.
  • Macy’s subsidiary completes tender offer for up to $525 million of outstanding debt securitiesJones Day represented Macy's Inc., one of the nation's premier retailers, in connection with the tender offer by Macy’s Retail Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Macy’s, Inc., to purchase for cash up to $525 million of outstanding debt securities.
  • Amsted completes $400 million notes offering and debt refinancingJones Day represented Amsted Industries Incorporated, a diversified global manufacturer of industrial components, in connection with a Rule 144A offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 4.625% Senior Notes due 2030.