Christopher Butler

As a nationally recognized corporate partner, Christopher Butler concentrates his practice principally in the areas of debt financing transactions (both secured and unsecured) with an emphasis on acquisitions and highly leveraged financings. He represents private equity groups, commercial lending institutions and private and public companies. He also represents debtors in loan workouts and restructurings, including debtor-in-possession and exit financings. The transactions that Chris has handled include senior, subordinated, bridge and mezzanine facilities, both secured and unsecured and have ranged in size from several millions of dollars to billions of dollars.

Chris has been recognized as a leading lawyer in several national publications. He was recognized as a Leading Lawyer by IFLR1000 in bank lending, named in Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers in leveraged finance matters and by his peers as a "Leading Lawyer" in finance matters by Leading Lawyers Network and a "SuperLawyer" by Illinois Super Lawyer publications.

Recent examples of Chris' representation of private equity groups and borrowers include:

Multibillion dollar and multicurrency senior secured credit facilities and bridge facilities in connection with financing multiple tender offers in several international jurisdictions by Infor and Lawson software company.

$6.2 billion senior secured financing and unsecured bridge loan facility in connection with the acquisition of BMC Software by Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital.

$1.4 billion revolving credit facility for Molson Coors and refinancing thereof.

$1.2 billion first and second lien credit agreements for the acquisition of CSC ServiceWorks, Inc. by Pamplona Capital Management.

$1.2 billion senior secured term loan and revolver facilities and the refinancing of existing first and second lien facilities for Vestar Capital Partners and Spotless Holdlings Corp.

Multibillion dollar term, revolver and bridge loan facility in connection with the leveraged buyout of Toys "R" Us by Bain Capital, KKR and Vornado Realty.

$800 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility in connection with recapitalization and refinancing for Roundy's Supermarkets.

$620 million senior secured term and revolving credit facility for leveraged recapitalization of Sorenson Communications, Inc.

$450 million refinancing the senior term and revolving credit facility for Midwest Gaming.

$415 million first lien revolving credit agreement and senior secured notes for LAMB Partners and Sugarhouse Casino.

$240 million senior secured revolver and senior secured term loan in connection with the acquisition of Service Net Solutions by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.

$225 million financing in connection with the acquisition of Fundtech by GTCR.

$190 million refinancing in connection with the acquisition of OnCure Holdings by Radiation Therapy Services.

$175 million new revolver loan for LAMB Partners and Sugarhouse Casino.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Leveraged Acquisitions, 2) Debt Finance, 3) Mezzanine Finance, 4) Restructuring and 5) Corporate Governance & Counseling
Law School Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1988
Education University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Philosophy, 1984, Dean's List
Bar Member / Association State bar of Illinois,state bar of New York
Most recent firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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