Brenda Dieck is a partner in White & Case's Debt 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. She is also the Office Executive Partner for the Los Angeles office.
Brenda has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the field of Banking and Finance by Chambers USA - California from 2015 - 2020. She was also selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2016 - 2022 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 and work-out 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, 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, preferred equity issuances and traditional capital markets transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Her representative clients include Deutsche Bank, Harvest Partners, Roark Capital and American AgCredit.
Roark Capital and Inspire Brands
Representation of Roark Capital and its portfolio company, Inspire Brands, a multi-branded restaurant company whose portfolio includes Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic, Rusty Taco and Jimmy John’s restaurants, in financing of US$3,600.0 million in the aggregate, comprised of a US$1,575.0 million senior secured term loan B facility and a US$150.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility incurred in connection with Inspire Brand’s acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings, an incremental $1,025.0 million senior secured term loan B facility and an incremental US$100.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility incurred in connection with Inspire Brand’s acquisition of Sonic and US$750.0 million First Lien Senior Secured Notes.
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
Leading Lawyer, Banking & Finance – California – Chambers USA 2015 - 2022
"Brenda Dieck boasts a substantial knowledge of the banking and finance space and is highlighted for her ability to act for both traditional banks and private equity clients. One client says she is "always on top of the subject matter, extremely thoughtful and diligent in her work."
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 - 2022 Banking and Finance Law
Super Lawyers 2012
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."
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