Christopher Lawrence’s practice focuses on the representation of insurance companies, banks, investment funds and other lenders in a wide range of secured and unsecured debt and equity financing transactions, including private placement financings, mezzanine financings, first and second lien debt financings, "one-stop" and unitranche financings, private equity fund investments and private securities offerings. His experience includes representing lenders in connection with leveraged buyouts, cash flow and asset-based lending transactions, project financings, maritime financings and cross-border financings.
Chris also represents lenders in out-of-court workouts, reorganizations and debt restructurings, and advises clients in the purchase and sale of distressed loans and other debt instruments.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Chris was a partner in the transactional finance practice of another international law firm.
Counsel to investors in connection with the acquisition of a majority interest in a web-based marketing company through a "one-stop shop" financing, involving the purchase by the investors of preferred and common equity interests and senior secured and subordinated notes
Counsel to mezzanine fund in connection with cross-border acquisition financing for European-based pharmaceutical company
Representation of institutional investors in connection with the purchase of enhanced maritime trust certificates as part of a structured financing for two ultra-large container vessels for United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)
Represented institutional investors in successful out-of-court restructuring of $1.7 billion of senior notes issued by a Canadian oil and gas company
Counsel to institutional investors in connection with a private placement financing to fund the construction of the largest solar power project in New Jersey
Represented institutional investors in connection with a $200 million private placement financing for a natural gas company in New Mexico
Represented institutional investors in connection with an acquisition financing for a wind-powered electric general facility in Minnesota
Represented the lender group in connection with a $100 million senior secured term loan and purchase of warrants of an oil and gas company in Texas
Represented noteholder group in the successful out-of-court restructuring of $1 billion of notes of Allied Capital Corporation
Counsel to institutional investors in a $415 million private placement of senior notes issued by an international pharmaceutical company
Counsel to institutional investors in connection with the purchase of an aggregate of $83.1 million of senior secured notes to fund the construction of solar-powered electric generation facilities in California and Arizona
Represented mezzanine lenders in connection with the purchase of senior subordinated notes and warrants to finance the issuer’s acquisition of an international marine equipment and services supplier
Represented bondholders in restructuring of gaming enterprise revenue bonds issued by a Native American tribe to finance the construction and development of a tribal-owned gaming facility
Represented noteholder group in the successful out-of-court restructuring of $570 million of notes of an international window and door manufacturer
Counsel to bondholders of Kellwood Company, a clothing designer and manufacturer, in connection with successful bond exchange offer
Fordham University School of Law, 1999, Juris Doctor
Pennsylvania State University, 1994, Bachelor of Arts
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016)
Member, Energy Law Firm of the Year, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2015)