Brenda Dieck is a partner in White & Case's Bank Finance Practice and leads the Firm's practice on the West Coast. She splits her time between the Firm's Los Angeles and New York offices.
Brenda is recognized as a leading lawyer in the field of Banking and Finance by Chambers USA: California 2015 - 2018. She was also selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2016 - 2019 in the field of Banking and Finance Law.
Brenda represents major commercial and investment banks, private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers in secured and unsecured syndicated financings, private placements of debt, leveraged acquisition financings, restructuring transactions and distressed debt investments. Her clients include agent banks, senior lenders, subordinated lenders, placement agents, private equity funds, borrower/issuers and other investors.
She has extensive experience with second-lien financings, cross-border financings, cash flow and asset-based lending, mezzanine debt financings, synthetic letter of credit facilities, bridge loans, microfinance transactions, construction finance, tech lending, debtor-in-possession financings, complex subordination and intercreditor arrangements and debt-for-control transactions.
Brenda's experience also includes: securitization and other structured finance products, traditional capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Her representative clients include: Deutsche Bank, Harvest Partners, Roark Capital and American AgCredit.
Roark Capital and Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
Representation of Roark Capital and Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. in connection with a $1.725 billion senior secured credit facility to finance its acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings.
US$2.8 billion leveraged acquisition of a Computer Systems Company
Brenda represented Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse as lead arrangers in a US$2.8 billion leveraged acquisition of a leading auto dealership computer systems company. This transaction included first-lien, second-lien and third-lien secured credit facilities.
First-of-its kind Timberlands backed note issuance
Acting for Barclays Capital and American AgCredit, Brenda advised on a first-of-its-kind US$295 million senior-secured medium-term issuance and delayed draw notes structure. This transaction, the first ever whole business timber securitization, was "Highly Commended" by the Financial Times in its US Innovative Lawyers 2011 report.
Major League Baseball DIP financing
Brenda represented Major League Baseball in the provision of debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing to the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
Private Equity-Backed Acquisition Financing of Auto Repair Chain
Representing Harvest Partners, L.P., Brenda advised on a senior secured credit facility, mezzanine facility and related equity issuance in connection with its acquisition of Driven Brands Inc. a leading car care company that operates the MAACO, Meineke and Econo Lube brand franchises.
Asset-Based Lending to Chemical Products Company
Brenda counseled Deutsche Bank on the US$175 million asset-based credit facility it provided to the TPC Group LLC and Texas Butylene Chemical Corporation. The companies provide highly specialized lines of chemical products to chemical and petroleum companies around the world.
Brenda represented San Pasqual Casino Development Group, Inc., which runs the Valley View Casino owned by the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, on its US$200 million senior secured credit facility.
Private Equity-Backed Acquisition Financing of Healthcare Companies
Brenda represented Harvest Partners LP on its acquisition of home infusion therapy provider AxelaCare Holdings Inc. from Excellere Partners, including in connection with a senior secured bank facility and mezzanine debt facilities. She also represented Harvest Partners LP on its acquisition of Athletico Physical Therapy, a clinician-owned physical therapy business, including in connection with a senior secured bank facility and mezzanine debt facilities.
"How the Dodd-Frank Act Affects Non-US Financial Institutions", September 15, 2010: Tokyo Japan
Legal 500 US 2019
Brenda Dieck "is thoughtful, responsive, and commercial; she does an excellent job at explaining credit nuances and distilling down documents to the major points."
Leading Lawyer, Banking & Finance – California – Chambers USA 2015 - 2019
Brenda Dieck is particularly highlighted for her negotiation skills, with one client stating: "I think she was phenomenal in benchmarking what the ask and recommendation should be; that's what your finance counsel should do."
The Best Lawyers in America, 2016 - 2019 Banking and Finance Law
Brenda Dieck was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions in the fields of Banking and Finance Law
Super Lawyers 2012
Financial Times' US Innovative Lawyer awards, 2011
"Highly commended" citation for the structuring of a first-of-its-kind issuance of secured notes, in connection with a whole business timber securitization