Duke University, J.D., 1991
University of Michigan, B.A., 1988
Steve Willen's practice areas include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and commercial matters, and equity investing. He has represented a variety of public and private company borrowers in financings, working primarily with energy, industrial and manufacturing companies. Steve has also represented institutional equity investors and venture capital investors in connection with making equity investments, and he has represented commercial lenders in a variety of syndicated loan transactions.
In addition to his transactional practice, Steve works closely with several clients on a regular basis in connection with their general corporate and commercial matters.
Honors & Awards
- Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, mergers and acquisitions, 2013-17
Since 1999, represented Duke Energy Corporation and its affiliates in a variety of corporate financings and other matters. Recent financings include several $1 billion bridge credit facilities and a $7.5 billion master credit facility.
Since 2008, represented Alliance One International, Inc., a publicly held global leaf tobacco merchant, in connection with its credit needs and various other matters. Credit needs are global in nature with financings in more than 15 different countries and which range from $5 million to $1 billion. Examples of recent financings include a $1.025 billion refinancing with a first lien syndicated credit facility and second lien debt issued under Rule 144A, and financings in Africa exceeding $500 million in aggregate.
Since 2012, represented large health care company headquartered in Germany with U.S. operations based in Boston in connection with making debt and equity investments, as lender and investor, exceeding $800 million in aggregate.
Since 2014, represented rapidly growing solar energy company in connection with various financings for, and the sale of, solar projects and various other matters. This client has closed financings exceeding $100 million in the last several years, including several project-styled financings.
Represented Crescent Resources in connection with a $1.5 billion corporate credit agreement, subsequent iterations of such financing, DIP financing, and a $150 million first-lien credit facility and a $258 million second-lien credit facility while exiting bankruptcy.
Represented a vegetable canning company in connection with a $165 million first-lien asset-based credit facility and a $57 million second-lien credit facility, subsequent iterations of such financing and DIP financing.
Represented a textile company in connection with the financing for an ESOP recapitalization, including a $70 million senior secured credit facility, two tranches of mid-term and long-term subordinated debt, and the ESOP debt.
From 1991 until around 2000, represented lenders (including the predecessors to Wells Fargo and Bank of America) in a variety of syndicated financings, ranging in size from $35 to $750 million, with a focus on leveraged finance.
News & Events
- Eight Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"Aug. 15, 2016
- Aug. 18, 2015
- Firm Topped North Carolina Rankings in Eight Practice AreasAug. 19, 2014
- Aug. 15, 2013
- Aug. 23, 2012
- Leadership Charlotte, Class 31