Naho concentrates her practice in complex commercial and banking transactions. She primarily represents lenders and investors in debt financings and related equity investments in connection with acquisition financings for leveraged buy-outs and syndicated and bilateral cash flow and asset-based credit facilities, with an emphasis on transactions involving borrowers in the healthcare/pharma/medical devices, timberlands/forest products and cable/communications industries.
She has also served as finance counsel to a major U.S. financial institution in its capacity as equity investor in financing transactions which have deployed over $465 million of New Markets Tax Credits secured by two million acres of timberland in 18 states.
Naho is co-chair of the McGuireWoods Recruiting Committee and has served as a member of an external committee for a major financial institution providing advice with respect to that client’s internal ongoing diversity initiatives. She has also served as a panelist for the 2012 Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity Day, an annual half-day seminar for high school students interested in the practice of law.
Represented the administrative agent and co-lead arranger in connection with an approximately $177 million USD Equivalent senior secured credit facility in connection with a private equity sponsor’s leveraged acquisition of a contract drug manufacturer and several related acquisitions of pharmaceutical assets in US and Canada.
Represented equity investor in connection with a $145 million New Markets Tax Credits financing secured by timberlands in California and Oregon.
Represented administrative agent in connection with a $120 million senior secured credit facility to a forest products company.
Represented the administrative agent and lead arranger in connection with a $100 million senior secured credit facility for the leveraged buyout of a leading provider of home health benefits management services.
Represented equity investor and lender in a $45 million financing consisting of a term loan and a New Markets Tax Credits Financing secured by timberlands in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Represented the administrative agent and co-lead arranger in connection with a $45 million senior secured credit facility to support a private equity sponsor’s acquisition of a manufacturer of prosthetic devices.
Represented the administrative agent and lead arranger in connection with a $29 million senior secured credit facility to finance the acquisition and refinancing of a manufacturer of medical devices.
Represented the administrative agent and lead arranger in connection with a $25 million senior secured credit facility to support a private equity sponsor’s acquisition of a network of clinics treating varicose veins.
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Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018, 2019
Recipient, Women in Business Achievement Award, Charlotte Business Journal, 2012
Named to "Georgia Rising Stars," Banking, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006, 2007
Board Member, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Member, National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association
Member, Georgia Asian-Pacific American Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Mecklenburg County Bar
Member, Leadership Charlotte XXXII
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Recognizes McGuireWoods Charlotte Partner
November 29, 2012
Naho Kobayashi Profiled Among Charlotte Business Journals Women in Business
June 22, 2012