Donald A. Ensing Partner

Don is a member of the firm’s Board of Partners and Chicago office Recruiting Committee, and focuses his practice on debt finance transactions, energy sector transactions and general corporate law.

Within his debt finance practice, Don’s experience includes syndicated, secured and unsecured senior debt, acquisition financing, real estate financing, mezzanine debt and complex intercreditor issues.  Don regularly advises agents, lenders and borrowers with senior financing in the health care, energy and early stage technology sectors, and the structuring and collateral challenges specific to those fields.

Don also represents refining and midstream companies in the energy sector in a variety of different financing, operational and strategic matters. In addition, he represents companies in corporate transactions ranging from mergers and acquisitions to strategic business alliances and general corporate governance issues.

Don served as law clerk to District Court Judge F.A. Little of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana from 1998 to 1999.


Healthcare Finance

Represented Agent in multiple financings for private equity sponsor acquisitions of practice management companies in the dental, physical therapy and pain management spaces, along with other MSO/PC structure models.

Represented Agent in multiple financings for private equity sponsor acquisitions of medical device, pharma, healthcare lite and other healthcare sector companies.

Represented Agent in multiple financings for addiction treatment and therapy facility chains.

Represented Agent in ABL financings for numerous large nursing home and SNF chains, including facilities with HUD Section 232 financing.

Represented lenders in multiple real estate financings for healthcare sector properties.

Energy Sector

Represented sponsor backed fuel wholesale company in leveraged acquisition financing.

Represented publicly traded petroleum and refined product logistics company in widely syndicated acquisition and working capital facility.

Represented refiner in long-term crude supply and off take agreement.

Represented refiner in negotiation of buy/sells, storage and netting agreements.

Represented petroleum marketing and logistics company in long-term strategic arrangements and joint ventures.

Middle Market Commercial Lending

Represented Agent in $105 million secured acquisition financing for construction materials company.

Represented Agent in $185 million secured acquisition financing for industrial container manufacturing company.

Represented Agent in $175 million secured working capital financing for international catalog company.

Represented Agent in working capital financing for NFL franchise.

Represent Agent in numerous middle market senior secured acquisition financing for private equity sponsored acquisitions, including mezzanine financing.

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, JD, Order of the Coif, Executive Articles Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review, 1998
  • University of Michigan, BA, English Literature, 1994

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

MDA Chicago Muscle Team Steering Committee

  • Illinois

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Named "Up and Coming," Banking and Finance, Illinois, Chambers USA, 2016

Named a "Recognized Practitioner" in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Banking and Finance, Illinois, Chambers USA, 2015

Named to “Illinois Rising Stars,” Banking, Securities & Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2012

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