John Hreno provides counsel to institutional investors, direct lenders, and large financial institutions on a diverse range of debt transactions, including private placements, venture debt transactions, first and second lien financings, project finance transactions, mezzanine financings, and asset-based facilities. John also advises corporate clients on real estate financings, acquisition financings, factoring arrangements, and working capital facilities. John’s experience includes environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and impact investment financing transactions as well, including structuring and negotiating loan documents to embed and track social impact.
John represents borrowers and lenders through the lifecycle of domestic and cross-border investment transactions across a variety of industries, including technology, financial services, media and telecommunications, life sciences, energy, and real estate. John also has experience counseling clients through out-of-court restructurings and workouts.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, John led a regional policy analysis group focused on fostering public health–public safety partnerships at the NY-NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area federal program administered by the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy. John’s previous experience also includes short-term projects with the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, Inter-American Development Bank, and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
Institutional investors in a $282 million private placement by a subsidiary of Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC, a leading investment management firm exclusively focused on alternative real assets, in connection with a student housing portfolio joint venture
Ares Capital, as administrative agent and collateral agent, in a rescue financing and amendment and restatement of senior secured unitranche credit facilities in the aggregate principal amount of $645 million for a leading airport terminal concession manager operating restaurants, bars, lounges, and gourmet markets
Institutional investor in a £65 million (approx. $91 million) shelf facility and initial issuance of £30 million (approx. $42 million) of notes by Aberdeen, a UK-based investment company with a portfolio focused on Asian small caps
Administrative agent in a syndicated $560 million revolving credit facility to a master distributor of stainless steel products headquartered in California, and its affiliates
Bank lender in an amendment and restatement of an existing revolving credit facility, upsized from $350 million to $550 million, extended to an American media and film production company
Ares Capital as administrative agent, collateral agent, and last-out lender in the workout of a $120 million senior secured unitranche credit facility for a large restaurant franchisee, including structuring a complex exit to allow the borrower to continue operations and avoid a bankruptcy and maximize recoveries by the first-out lenders, the last-out lenders, and also the franchisor
Bank lender in negotiating and closing a $100 million credit facility for an emerging technology software company specializing in business process automation technology
Institutional investors in the $150 million restructuring of mining company Intrepid Potash, Inc.
Bank lender in negotiating and closing a $50 million syndicated, three-year working capital credit facility, including a revolving L/C sublimit, to a global apartment rental company that provides short-term leases of its curated apartments to travelers abroad
Administrative agent and lender in a $50 million senior secured hybrid corporate warehouse credit facility for an emerging tech company that leases used vehicles through an app-based platform
Institutional investors in a $440 million private secured placement to a real estate investment trust (REIT) with properties in a variety of locations across the United States
Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, M.P.A.
Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), M.P.P.
Rutgers University, B.A., Journalism, Political Science/History