Overview

Ben has extensive experience in leveraged finance matters with a particular focus on private equity-sponsored acquisition financings. He represents middle-market lenders, investors, sponsors, and portfolio companies in acquisition financings and related debt transactions. He advises clients throughout the entire process of a transaction from structuring to closing and beyond.

  • Experience

    • Represented a private office/private equity sponsor in connection with the financing of the carveout acquisition of a major domestic fastener distributor (total committed financing between $250 million and $500 million).
    • Represented a private equity sponsor in connection with the club financing of the acquisition of one of the world’s largest providers of communications services to hospitality venues and conference centers (financing between $100 million and $200 million).
    • Represented a direct lender in connection with the financing of the acquisition of a leading international provider of IT management and implementation services.
    • Represented a seafood production company in the negotiation of first lien accordion and revolver repricing amendments in connection with the repayment of its second lien term loans (resulting first lien financing between $500 million and $1 billion).
    • Represented a business development company and its subsidiaries in the refinancing of their existing credit facilities with a $195 million term loan, a $390 million revolving credit facility and $500 million of senior secured notes.
    • Represented a U.S.-based private equity sponsor in connection with the financing of its acquisition of an international U.K.-based recruitment company, and subsequent refinancing of its ABL facility (financing between $100 million and $250 million).
    • Represented a lender in connection with a business development company’s $100 million revolving credit facility (with an accordion feature to $300 million).
  • Credentials

    Education

    • Nottingham Law School, United Kingdom, Diploma of Legal Practice, 2003
    • University of Bristol, United Kingdom, Bachelor of Laws, 2002

    Bar Admissions

    • New York

            Professional Memberships

            • “On the Roll,” Solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (2006-Present)
          • Insights

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            News Release

            Schiff Hardin Welcomes New Finance Partner Ben Leese in New York

            Schiff Hardin LLP announced today that Ben Leese has joined as a partner in the Finance Practice Group in the New York office.

            Publications

            • “The Global Private Credit Market: 2019 Update,” The ICLG to: Lending and Secured Finance Laws and Regulations (Lending and Secured Finance 2019)
            • “Did You Just Commit to a Financing Without Realizing It?,” (co-author) Dechert Global Private Equity Newsletter (Winter/Spring 2018 edition)
          • Citizenship

            Pro Bono Activities

            • Represented a New York-based organization focusing on the provision of mentoring and networking opportunities for minority entrepreneurs in connection with a proposed minority investment.
            • Represented a community organization formed to reduce the incidence of gun-crime in South Brooklyn in its organizational activities.