Notable Engagements

  • Acquisition of Manufacturer of Engineered Components

    Chapman represented Turnspire Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private investment firm, in the acquisition of the business of United Plastics Group, Inc., a global manufacturer of precision injection molded plastic components for the data center, automotive, energy, industrial/consumer, and health care markets.

  • Bond Counsel for Milwaukee Infrastructure Development Financing

    Chapman served as co-bond counsel to the City of Milwaukee in a $37.4 million financing for a parking structure and public plaza connecting the new 17,500-seat Milwaukee Bucks Arena to a proposed entertainment district. 

  • Credit Facility for Online Business Lender

    Chapman represented an investment bank in structuring a $100 million credit facility for an online lender to expand partnerships with regional and community banks that extend loans to small businesses.

  • Municipalities in Distress? How States and Investors Deal with Local Government Financial Emergencies
  • Stadium Financing for the Atlanta Falcons

    Represented institutional investors in two series of refinancings totaling $555 million for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

  • University of Kansas P3

    Chapman represented the underwriters of a $326 million tax-exempt P3 bond transaction for the University of Kansas. The proceeds fund a new central campus development on over 40 acres, including academic science facilities (260,000 square feet), student union space (105,000 square feet), two housing facilities (1,200 beds), and a power plant, as well as additional parking and infrastructure to support the new facilities on the University’s Lawrence campus.

  • Marketplace Loan Securitization

    Chapman represented the securities purchaser and placement agent in a $900 million securitization of a portfolio of online consumer loans. We were able to complete the transaction on an accelerated schedule due to our deep experience in developing securitization structures for marketplace lending platforms.

  • Receivables Purchase Facility

    Chapman served as counsel to the administrative agent and syndicate in connection with the structuring and documentation of a receivables purchase facility for a major wireless telecommunications company. The $800 million revolving facility allows the telecommunications company to monetize its portfolio of wireless equipment installment contracts, including the financing of cash flows from customer device upgrades. The facility achieved accounting deconsolidation under both GAAP and IFRS.

  • Hydroelectric Private Placement

    Chapman served as investors’ counsel in a $140 million private placement of senior secured notes to finance a portfolio of thirteen hydroelectric plants located in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia with a total capacity of 106 megawatts. Click here for more information.

  • Hydroelectric Facilities Project Financing

    Chapman served as investors' counsel in a $140 million project financing for the owner of nine hydroelectric generation facilities.

  • Israeli Distressed M&A Transaction

    Chapman served as counsel to the purchaser of minority equity interests in a limited liability company that is the owner/operator of a chain of convenience stores located along the Atlantic seaboard. The transaction was unique in that it involved the purchase of equity interests from an insolvent Israeli public company as part of a court supervised process. Chapman, working with local Israeli counsel, assisted the client in negotiations with the insolvent public company and its bondholders. In addition, after the majority equity holder commenced suit against the sellers in Delaware Chancery Court seeking to block the transaction, Chapman assisted in negotiating a settlement and new operating agreement with the majority equityholder.

  • Water Desalination Plant Private Placement

    Chapman served as investors' counsel on a US$310 million and A$100 million private placement of senior notes by the operator of the Victorian Desalination Plant in the State of Victoria, Australia.

  • Structured Finance Facility

    Chapman served as counsel in a $1.6 billion structured finance facility for a $2.5 billion acquisition. We represented a German bank and a Dutch bank as arrangers and joint lead agents as part of a syndicate of twelve US, European, and Asian financial institutions who structured this transaction to use securitization as acquisition finance for the purchase of a shipping container leasing company. This transaction involved coordination of two London law firms, two Barbados law firms and one Singapore law firm to handle the myriad unique international legal issues.

  • Airport Financing

    We represented the agent bank in the restructuring and refunding of $350 million aggregate principal amount of tax-exempt bonds for the Indianapolis International Airport. This transaction was unique because the original monoline insured transaction was refinanced through a private placement and loan syndication involving five other commercial banks. Since the pricing of the bonds was based on the LIBOR Index, the borrower was able to completely hedge its interest rate risk and, by way of the private placement, also able to avoid the necessity of an offering document.

  • Straight-A Funding Program

    Straight-A Funding was a federal government-sponsored student loan conduit program that provided $60 billion in support for U.S. student loans. The conduit was an issuer of asset-backed commercial paper worldwide and allowed continued access to loans for college students and their parents in the years following the financial crisis. The program was sponsored by the Department of Education, the Department of the Treasury, and the Office of Management and Budget; we acted as counsel to the program manager in the structuring of the program and in each of its transactions.

  • Financing Infrastructure in Utah

    We served as bond counsel to the State of Utah for the largest offering of bonds in the state’s history. $1.03 billion aggregate principal amount of general obligation bonds were issued to help finance, among other things, the I-15 corridor expansion, the construction of the Mountain View Corridor, and the construction of various buildings and improvements for certain of the state’s colleges and universities. The bonds mature in 15 years and have a true interest cost of approximately 2.1%.

  • Restructured Commercial Paper Conduits

    We served as lead US counsel to a major bank conduit sponsor in its acquisition of over $20 billion in asset-backed commercial paper conduit-funded transactions as part of its acquisition of the wholesale bank business of another major international bank. The engagement included both advising on high-level structural and regulatory issues and addressing all legal aspects related to transferring over 80 separate securitization transactions and transferring the administration and credit facilities related to each conduit.

  • Rail Car Joint Venture

    We represented a leader in leasing and managing fleets of transportation assets in its purchase of a 12.5% interest in a joint venture formed to acquire a portfolio of approximately 5,350 railcars, and in negotiation and documentation of its rights as investor in and manager of that portfolio. The railcar portfolio was acquired via foreclosure and the foreclosing lenders brought the large owner and lessor of railcars in to invest in and manage the portfolio.

  • Horse Butte Wind Project

    We are acting as counsel to Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) in connection with the Horse Butte Wind Project in Bonneville County, Idaho. The project is currently sized at 57.6 megawatts and may be increased up to 99 megawatts. UAMPS is the developer and committed power purchaser for the project and will resell the power to its participating members in Utah, California, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming.

  • Start-Up Funding

    We represented the agent and lead lender on a $150 million syndicated loan facility that is now providing warehouse financing to a start-up equipment finance company. This transaction, which represents the partnering of a seasoned management team, a knowledgeable private equity firm, and an experienced lender finance team, will create funding for other small and midsized businesses.

  • Solar Initiatives

    Our attorneys continue to advise lenders and tax equity investors on transactions that use state incentives and federal investment tax credits to fund solar-generated electric power projects in various locales around the country (including California, Florida, New Jersey, and Colorado).

  • Leveraged Buy-out of a Technology Company

    Counsel to a bank syndicate in securitization transactions financing a portion of the $25 billion leveraged buy-out of a technology company.

  • Troubled Mortgage Loans

    We acted as special tax counsel to a fund manager in connection with the structuring of several funds launched by it to acquire and restructure troubled mortgage loan portfolios. 

  • One of the Largest Private Placements to Date

    Investors’ counsel for $1.2 billion private placement for French aerospace conglomerate, one of the largest to date.

  • Aircraft Product Support Distribution Center

    Counsel to lessor in the financing of a 400,000-square-foot product support distribution center for an aircraft manufacturer.

  • Pleasure Boat Financing Company

    Agent bank counsel in a $33 million secured revolving credit facility extended to a pleasure boat financing company.

  • Equipment Leasing Company Finance

    Counsel to an equipment leasing company in a $154 million first time issuance of asset-backed securities.

  • American Airlines Bankruptcy

    Representing the financers of approximately half of American Airlines' fleet in bankruptcy.

  • State of Illinois

    Chapman is Bond Counsel and Disclosure Counsel to the State of Illinois.

  • Student Loan Securitization

    Issuer’s counsel for an $8 billion student loan securitization transaction.