Phyllis Young, an accomplished transactional lawyer who advises public and
private companies, commercial banks and investment funds in financing
transactions and has extensive energy industry experience, has joined
McGuireWoods’ debt finance practice as a partner in the firm’s Dallas and
Young advises lenders and borrowers in debt financings and counsels clients
on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and other corporate matters.
She has served as outside general counsel to clients in the oil refining
and drilling sectors and the steel distribution industry. She joins
McGuireWoods from Akin Gump.
Young’s experience includes representing an energy investment fund in
reserve-based loan facilities to borrowers in the oil and gas exploration
and production industry and to oilfield services companies, and advising a
leading commercial bank in numerous secured, asset-based loans.
She joins a McGuireWoods practice ranked No. 1 globally in deal count for
advising lenders in syndicated loans through the first nine months of this
year, according to league tables published by Refinitiv.
“Phyllis is highly skilled in finance, restructuring and M&A deals and
she has a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities clients
face in today’s market,” said
Raj Natarajan, chair of McGuireWoods’ Debt Finance Department. “She is an important
addition to our growing team.”
Young is the fifth partner to join the firm’s debt finance practice this
year, following the arrivals of
in New York, and
and Marc Naidoo
in London, as well as senior counsel
in Chicago. Young continues the firm’s recent Texas expansion, which has
included the addition of partners
in the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices.
“Phyllis is an incredibly respected lawyer who enhances our considerable
transactional capabilities in the energy sector and other dynamic
industries,” said Jason Cook, managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office.
Young is a member of the Institute for Energy Law. Among her many honors,
she received the Premier Women in Law Award from the Houston Association of
Women Attorneys in 2019, was named to the National Diversity Council’s top
50 Women in Law in 2017, and was recognized on Texas Lawyer’s list
of Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law in 2015.
“McGuireWoods has built a powerhouse finance practice and a reputation for
providing comprehensive, integrated services to financial institution
clients,” Young said. “I am excited to join this world-class team.”
McGuireWoods’ finance practice is one of the largest in the United States. The
firm represents each of the top 10 U.S. banks ranked by assets and has handled
cross-border commitments exceeding $100 billion in each of the last eight years.
U.S. News-Best Lawyers named
Firm of the Year” for banking and finance law in the 2020 edition of “Best