Brad Laken

Partner, Chicago

Biography

Overview

Brad Laken is a partner in the Debt Finance practice based in the Firm's Chicago office. Brad represents commercial banks, investment banks, direct lenders, alternative credit providers and other debt investors as lead arranger and agent in a wide array of lending transactions, with an emphasis on middle market private equity sponsor-backed leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations.  While his practice primarily focuses on representing lenders, Brad also has considerable experience representing borrowers and private equity sponsors in lending transactions.

Brad has advised agents, arrangers and lenders in financing transactions involving a diverse set of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, aerospace, software, franchise concepts and logistics. Brad’s extensive experience allows him to deftly advise clients on how to successfully navigate prevailing market conditions, and his dedication to taking a commercial and collaborative approach to negotiations allows Brad to achieve efficient transaction executions that help his clients burnish their reputations and relationships with their customers.

Bars and Courts
Illinois State Bar
Education
JD
Georgetown University Law Center
BA
cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Northwestern University
Languages
English

Experience

  • Representation of the administrative agent, sole bookrunner and joint lead arranger of a $605 million senior secured credit facility to support the merger of a Canada-based pet supply retailer with a similar US-based retailer.
  • Representation of the first lien administrative agent, first lien joint lead arranger, second lien administrative agent and second lien joint lead arranger of a $325 million first lien credit facility and $115 million second lien credit facility to support the acquisition of a wealth management industry services provider.
  • Representation of the administrative agent and joint lead arranger of a $284 million senior secured credit facility to support the acquisition of a building services business.
  • Representation of the administrative agent, joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner of a $280 senior secured credit facility to support the acquisition of an endodontic dental specialty services organization focused on developing and growing affiliated endodontic practices.
  • Representation of the administrative agent, joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner of a $252 million senior secured credit facility to support the acquisition of a leading insurance technology business that provides critical cost containment solutions to the property and casualty insurance industry.
  • Representation of the administrative agent and lead arranger of a $165 million senior secured credit facility to support the acquisition of the leading distributer of Christian books, bibles, religious gifts, homeschooling products and church supplies.
  • Representation of the administrative agent and joint lead arranger of a $160 million first lien credit facility to facilitate a dividend recapitalization to private equity owners of a ground penetrating radar services company.  
  • Representation of the administrative agent and joint lead arranger of a $117 million senior secured credit facility to finance the acquisition of an end to end food packaging solutions business.  
  • Representation of the administrative agent and lead arranger in a senior secured recurring revenue credit facility provided to finance the acquisition of a software as a service enterprise.
  • Representation of the administrative agent and lead arranger of a $107.5 million senior secured credit facility to finance the acquisition of a distributor of commercial flooring products.   
  • Representation of the administrative agent and lead arranger of a $77 million senior secured credit facility to finance the acquisition of an outsourced manufacturer of medical devices, implants and single use medical disposable devices. 
  • Representation of the administrative agent and lead arranger in connection with a $36.1 million credit facility to refinance indebtedness incurred in connection with the acquisition of a franchisor of a well-known restaurant concept.  
  • Representation of the sponsor finance group of a multinational bank as the administrative agent, lead arranger and lender in a cross-border, multicurrency credit facility to support the recapitalization of a private equity sponsor-backed aerospace and aviation fabricator and its acquisition of a British manufacturer of aerospace components and assemblies.