McGuireWoods Adds Debt Finance Lawyer in Los Angeles

January 30, 2013

McGuireWoods LLP today announced that Neil Rust has joined the firm’s banking and finance group in Los Angeles as a partner. He brings to the firm a broad transactional practice that includes representing domestic and international clients in connection with middle market, investment grade and leveraged finance, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate work.

Rust, who was previously a partner at White & Case LLP in Los Angeles, has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in the public utilities, transportation, information services, analytics, technology, title insurance and manufacturing industries. He advises arrangers, agents and lenders on secured and unsecured bilateral and syndicated credit facilities in both the middle and large capital markets for corporate borrowers across the ratings spectrum. He also represents liquidity providers and large financial institutions in credit and direct security purchasing, and advises strategic buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions.

“Neil’s practice runs the gamut of finance work,” said Bob Cramer, chair of the firm’s Debt Finance practice. “But the depth of his experience in various areas, such as cash flow lending, will undoubtedly expand and support a wide range of financial transactions we look to handle in California and throughout the western United States.”

“We are delighted to continue growing the Los Angeles office by welcoming Neil to the team,” said Richard Grant, managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. “Neil’s hiring comes on the heels of our additions in Los Angeles of Molly White to our Government, Regulatory and Criminal Investigations practice and Brooks Gresham in Commercial Litigation. Neil, Molly and Brooks greatly enhance our depth of experience for our lending, corporate, government investigations and commercial litigation practices on the West Coast.”

Rust earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He earned his LL.B. in 1985 from the University of London, where he also earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering in 1978. He has been recognized in the area of California Banking and Finance by Chambers USA since 2005. California Lawyer magazine named him “Attorney of the Year (CLAY)” for transactional law in 2002 and The American Lawyer magazine named him “Dealmaker of the Year” for municipal finance in 2003.