Christopher M. Gores

Christopher M. Gores, P.C. focuses his practice on public and private debt offerings, securitization transactions and secured financings. Most recently, he has represented issuers and underwriters for secured and unsecured registered debt, Rule 144A offerings and Regulation S offerings for both domestic and foreign issuers and in reorganization transactions.
Practice & Background

Mr. Gores joined Akin Gump as an associate in 1973 and has been a partner since 1979. He worked from 1968 to 1969 as a research assistant to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in connection with Weinstein’s Federal Evidence (First Edition). Mr. Gores then served as a lieutenant in the JAG Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1969 to 1972, during which time he was a military prosecutor from 1969 to 1971 and was involved in treaty negotiations with Panama from 1971 to 1972.

Mr. Gores is a member of the Texas and New York bars.
Representative Matters

Mr. Gores’ recent engagements include:
Public debt offerings, Rule 144A offerings and Regulation S offerings

an aggregate of $1 billion of Loan Participation Notes issued by, but without recourse to, banks in four offerings, for the sole purpose of funding four loans to a Russian communications company; $68 million of 5.5 percent Senior Convertible Notes due 2005 of that telecommunications company, which are convertible into American Depositary Shares of that telecommunications company; and 4,417,192 American Depositary Shares of that telecommunications company (represented the telecommunications company)
an aggregate of $1.21 billion of Senior Secured Notes in two offerings in 2011 and 2009; $575 million of 6.75 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2019 were deposited in escrow until the closing of the acquisition of certain New York hotels; $636 million of 10 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2014, which were deposited in escrow until the closing of tender offers for the outstanding 8 ½ percent Senior Notes due 2011 and Senior Floating Rate Notes due 2011, and all were assumed at closings by the hotel REIT
$305 million of 14 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2013, $14 million of Cash Pay Secured Notes due 2013 and $232.5 million of Non-Cash Pay Secured Notes due 2014, which Notes were utilized to retire all of the existing indebtedness of the co-issuers by means of exchange offers and redemptions
$400 million of 11 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2006 and $400 million of 11 3/8 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2009 of a finance company, the proceeds of which were lent to a marine drilling rig company; and $200 million of 12¼ percent Senior Notes due 2006 of the marine drilling company; and 300,000 Units consisting of 300,000 shares of 13 3/8 percent Senior Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock and Warrants to Purchase 10.5 million shares of Common Stock of the marine drilling rig company (represented the sole initial purchaser)
$500 million of 5.625 percent Senior Notes due 2014 and $450 million of 6.50 percent Senior Notes due 2017 of a Belgian holding company the funds from which, together with $100 million of bank borrowings were used to fund a cash tender offer in priority of three tranches of public debt of a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary.
$700 million of 1.75 percent Convertible Senior Notes due 2013 together with Convertible Note Hedges and Warrants for up to 8.9 million shares of the common stock of a data systems company
an aggregate of $3.05 billion of Senior Note Offerings in nine separate offerings in 2003 and 2004; €650 million of 6.5 percent Notes due 2005; $250 million of Floating Rate Notes due 2002; $750 million of 7.875 percent Notes due 2005 and $750 million of 6.25 percent Senior Notes due 2011 of a broadcasting company (represented the broadcasting company)
$100 million of Floating Rate Contingent Convertible Senior Notes due 2024; $150 million of 3.75 percent Contingent Convertible Senior Notes due 2023 and $175 million of 8⅞ percent Senior Notes due 2007 of an energy company (represented respective initial purchasers)
€305 million of 10 5/8 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2011 of a Swedish holding company, secured by all of the capital stock of, and an intercompany subordinated loan of the net proceeds of the offering to, one of Europe’s largest oil refining companies and largest Swedish oil company; and €100 million of 97 percent Senior Subordinated Notes due 2014 issued by the Swedish oil company and guaranteed by the holding company (represented the holding company and the oil company)

Restructuring transactions

$1.983 billion of 5.908 percent Senior Notes due 2007, $1.983 billion of 6.888 percent Senior Notes due 2009 and $1.699 billion of 7.735 percent Senior Notes due 2014 issued pursuant to a plan to reorganize a team of a telecommunications company (represented unsecured creditors committee)
$52 million of 10 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2014, which were issued to holders of the 11 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2011 and 9 percent Senior Holders due 2011, which Notes together with shares of common stock, were issued pursuant to a prepackaged plan of reorganization of a snack food company (represented Noteholders Committee)
$247 million of 13 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2011 issued for holders of 10½ percent Senior Notes due 2011 and $200 million of 15⅜ percent/14 percent Senior Subordinated Toggle Notes due 2017, each of which were issued pursuant to a prepackaged plan of reorganization of a fitness company (represented noteholders committee)
$101 million of 6.50 percent Senior Secured Convertible Debentures due September 30, 2022, of a property and casualty insurance holding company, $84 million of which were issued in an exchange offer to holders of then-outstanding 4.25 percent Convertible Debentures due September 30, 2022, of that company and $15 million of which were issued to new investors (represented noteholders committee)
$106 million of Senior Subordinated Secured Increasing Rate Notes due 2008 issued pursuant to a plan of reorganization to holders of the then-outstanding 11¼ percent Senior Subordinated Notes due 2008 to health care company (represented noteholders committee)
U.S. $377 million of new 10.625 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2008 issued by Call-Net Enterprises Inc. pursuant to a Plan of Arrangement pursuant to the Canadian Business Corporations Act as part consideration for the surrender of all of the then-outstanding public debt (approximately U.S. $1.6 billion) of a Canadian telecommunications company

Securitization transactions

sale of a royalty interest based on gross sales of restaurants for 14 months for $93.976,491
$106 million of senior classes of Collateralized MBS Funding Notes, Series 2004-1 issued by BFC Trust, Series 2004-1, the proceeds of which were utilized to purchase two pools of mortgage pass-through certificates from Mortgage Opportunity Funding B LLC, which pools were purchased from Mortgage Opportunity Fund L.P.
$105 million Natural Gas Inventory Forward Sale Agreement, the proceeds of which were used in part to repay a loan incurred to purchase 100 percent of the entities, and $176,277,533 of Subordinated Convertible Notes due 2009 executed, the proceeds of which were also utilized for such purchase
securitizations of subprime motor vehicle retail installed sale contract, some of which were supported by insurance policies
securitization and related roll-up of 32 real estate limited partnerships in a transaction valued in excess of $300 million
$82,550,000 of Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates (2 classes) in a REMIC Trust consisting of mortgage loans secured by 27 multifamily, commercial and hotel properties, which mortgage loans were deposited into the REMIC Trust
securitization of credit card receivables of a national jewelry chain through a Credit Card Receivables Trust involving the insurance of three classes of participation certificates
securitization of production payments, including a $340 million hydrocarbon production payments.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Capital Markets, 2) Corporate, 3) Corporate Restructuring, 4) Debt and Equity Finance, 5) Finance and 6) Global Project Finance
Law School Columbia Law School, J.D., 1968
Education Princeton University, A.B., 1965
Bar Member / Association New York State Bar Association, Texas State Bar Association
Most recent firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
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