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Lucas Charleston advises companies, leading banking firms, hedge funds, alternative capital providers and private equity funds in complex financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts, restructurings, rescue financings and other special situation transactions.

A member of Stroock’s Financial Restructuring Department, practicing in the Debt Finance Group, Luke has significant experience with a wide array of transaction structures, including syndicated and bilateral loans, high-yield bonds, club deals, debtor-in-possession and exit financings, first lien/second lien structures, split collateral structures and unitranche financings.

Luke’s experience extends across a variety of industries, including energy, gaming, retail, media, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, technology, security and health care.

Luke is nationally recommended by The Legal 500. He was named as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.


REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Some of Luke’s representative restructurings and ad hoc group representations include the following:
 
  • Allied Nevada Gold Corp., n/k/a Hycroft Mining Corp. (ad hoc committee of noteholders and DIP lenders)
  • Caesars Entertainment Operating Company (ad hoc committee of first lien lenders)
  • Constellis Holdings (ad hoc group of noteholders)
  • Curo Financial Technologies (ad hoc group of noteholders)
  • Endo International (ad hoc group of noteholders)
  • Foresight Energy LLC (ad hoc group of noteholders)
  • Garden Fresh (secured lenders)
  • Haggen Food & Pharmacy (debtors)
  • LightSquared, Inc., n/k/a Ligado Networks LLC (secured lender)
  • NANA Development Corp. (ad hoc group of noteholders)
  • New Gulf Resources (ad hoc committee of noteholders and DIP lenders)
  • RBS/Innovairre (senior secured lender)
  • SFX Entertainment Inc. (ad hoc committee of noteholders and DIP lenders)
  • 21st Century Oncology Inc. (ad hoc group of term loan lenders and noteholders)
Some of Luke’s representative lending transactions include the following:
 
  • The lenders in a $20 million delayed draw term loan facility for Medical Developers LLC, a subsidiary of 21st Century Oncology Inc.
  • Neff Rental in a $475 million senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility
  • The lenders in an $88 million senior secured superpriority debtor-in-possession credit facility for SFX Entertainment
  • The lenders in a $75 million senior secured superpriority debtor-in-possession credit facility for New Gulf Resources
  • Haggen Food & Pharmacy in a $215 million senior secured superpriority debtor-in-possession asset-based credit facility
  • The Carlyle Group in a $550 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facilities to finance the acquisition of a majority stake in Southeast PowerGen LLC
  • Neff Rental in a $575 million senior secured term loan facility 
  • The lead arrangers in a $450 million senior secured term loan, delayed draw term loan and revolving credit facility to finance Partners Group’s acquisition of Universal Services of America
  • The lead arrangers in a $345 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility to finance Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System’s acquisition of Caliber Collision Services
  • The lead arranger in a $350 million senior secured term loan facility for Stallion Oilfield Holdings Inc.
  • The lead arranger in a $245 million senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility and a $45 million first-in, last-out facility for Baker & Taylor, Inc.
  • The lead arranger in a $232 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility to finance The Carlyle Group’s acquisition of Service King Paint & Body
  • The lead arranger in a $235 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility to finance The Carlyle Group’s acquisition of WorldStrides Holdings
  • The lead arranger in a $175 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility for RegionalCare Hospital Partners
  • The lead arranger in a $2.3 billion senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility to finance the acquisition of Tomkins plc by Onex Corporation and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board
  • The lead arrangers in a $720 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility to finance Cerberus Capital Management’s acquisition of DynCorp International
  • The lead arranger in a $60 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility for LHP Hospital Group
Some of Luke’s representative capital markets transactions include the following:
 
  • PBF Holding Company in a $500 million offering of senior secured notes
  • The investors in a $95 million private placement of senior secured convertible notes by Allied Nevada Gold Corp., n/k/a Hycroft Mining Corp.
  • PBF Logistics in a $350 million offering of senior notes
  • An investor in a $365 million private placement of senior secured notes and $135 million private placement of subordinated PIK toggle notes by New Gulf Resources
  • The investors in a $115 million private placement of senior secured notes by MediaNews Group
  • The initial purchasers in a $200 million senior notes offering by WCI Communities
  • The initial purchasers in a $127 million senior secured notes offering by Saratoga Resources
  • The initial purchasers in a $115 million senior secured notes offering by Santa Cruz Nutritionals
  • The underwriters in the $1.9 billion initial public offering by The Nielsen Company (named International Financial Law Review’s Equity Deal of the Year)
  • The initial purchasers in a $300 million senior subordinated notes offering by Interline Brands
  • The initial purchasers in $2 billion of senior notes offerings by The Nielsen Company
  • The initial purchasers in $715 million of senior notes offerings by Jabil Circuit
  • The initial purchasers in a $375 million senior notes offering by Clearwater Paper to finance the acquisition of Cellu Tissue Holdings
  • The initial purchasers in a $1.0 billion senior notes offering by Sears
  • The initial purchasers in a $1.0 billion senior notes offering by Intelsat
  • The initial purchasers in $1.9 billion of senior notes offerings by Charter Communications
  • The initial purchasers in a $600 million senior notes offering by Celanese
  • The initial purchasers in a $600 million senior notes offering by SPX Corporation
  • The initial purchasers in a $230 million senior notes offering by KEMET Corporation
  • The initial purchasers in a $500 million senior notes offering by Amsted Industries
  • The underwriters in a $2.4 billion senior notes offering by Comcast
  • The initial purchasers in an $800 million senior notes offering by Qwest Communications
  • The initial purchasers in a $525 million senior notes offering by Quintiles
  • The underwriters in $2.8 billion of senior notes offerings by Xerox Corporation
  • The initial purchasers in a $400 million senior notes offering and a $225 million subordinated notes offering by Universal Orlando
  • The initial purchasers in a $328 million senior secured notes offering by Headwaters
  • The underwriters in $650 million of senior notes offerings by Toll Brothers
  • The initial purchasers in a $325 million senior secured notes offering by Penn National Gaming
  • The underwriters in a $300 million senior notes offering by Tesoro Corporation
  • The initial purchasers in a $650 million senior secured notes offering and an $850 million senior secured notes offering by MGM Mirage
  • The underwriters in a $1.0 billion secondary offering of common stock by MGM Mirage
Some of Luke’s representative liability management transactions include representing the dealer managers and/or solicitation agents in connection with tender offers and/or consent solicitations by PharmaNet, Clearwater Paper, Interline Brands, International Speedway Corp., Intelsat, Qwest Communications, KEMET Corporation, Headwaters, Penn National Gaming, Jabil Circuit and Duane Reade.

HONORS & AWARDS

  • The Legal 500 United States, Nationally Recommended
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star”
  • IFLR1000 “Rising Star”

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York


EDUCATION

J.D., magna cum laude, New York Law School, 2008

B.A., magna cum laude, Monmouth University, 2005