Christian has more than 20 years of experience representing commercial banks, investment banking firms, insurance companies, other institutional lenders and investors, as well as borrowers and issuers of debt securities, in a wide range of financing transactions.
Christian’s practice focuses on secured and unsecured syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, first/second lien financings, mezzanine financings and other recapitalization and debt restructuring transactions across a variety of industry sectors, with a particular concentration with food and beverage, environmental services and manufacturing companies.
Christian was a vice chair of the American Bar Association task force that drafted the Model Second Lien Intercreditor Agreement, is actively involved with the Primary Markets Committee of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) and is a fellow of the American College of Investment Counsel.
Representation of financial institution as lead arranger and lender with respect to the origination and administration of several billion dollar beverage loan portfolio consisting of over 40 credits ranging in size from $10 million to $600 million to beer wholesalers, brewers, wine and spirits companies and soft drink bottlers.
Representation of financial institution as lead arranger and agent with respect to $125 million syndicated credit facilities used to finance underwritten leveraged acquisition of middle market healthcare diagnostics company by private equity sponsor and subsequent add-on acquisition facilities and refinancings.
Negotiation of intercreditor arrangements between lender and professional sports league in connection with multiple team acquisition and recapitalization transactions.
Representation of financial institution as lead arranger and agent with respect to $2.6 billion syndicated credit facilities to packaging company in connection with underwritten leveraged acquisition and subsequent refinancing of institutional loan tranche with pro rata term loan facility.
Counsel to mezzanine fund in connection with $7 million subordinated note purchase and equity co-investment in middle market healthcare company and related negotiations with agent for senior debt holders and existing subordinated note holders.
Representation of financial institution as lead arranger and agent with respect to $3.0 billion syndicated credit facilities to investment grade environmental services firm in connection with the acquisition and subsequent refinancing transactions.
Counsel to public company in connection with $250 million senior note issuance structured on a pari passu basis with company's existing syndicated credit facilities.
Counsel to commercial lender, as holder of senior secured debt, in connection with recapitalization of an entertainment company, including a refinancing of an existing last-out term loan held by former private equity sponsor with secured mezzanine debt provided by specialty lender and exchange of existing mezzanine debt with junior subordinated notes.
Fellow, American College of Investment Counsel
Member and Vice Chair, Model Second Lien Intercreditor Agreement Task Force, American Bar Association
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Texas Bar Association