Nichole E. Lopez-Tackett

Counsel

Nichole Lopez-Tackett
  • JD, magna cum laude, DePaul University College of Law, 2012; Order of the Coif; Editor of Articles, Notes and Comments, DePaul Law Review; Recipient of Certificate in Business Law
  • BBA (Finance), cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2007

Qualifications

  • Illinois, 2012
  • California, 2015
  • The Chicago Bar Association
  • The Chicago Counsel on Global Affairs

Nichole E. Lopez-Tackett

Counsel

Nichole’s practice focuses on the representation of corporate borrowers, private equity sponsors, investment funds and lending institutions with respect to complex financing transactions, including syndicated/non-syndicated, secured/unsecured, multi-jurisdictional and leveraged buyout financing transactions, as well as, liability management transactions, recapitalizations, restructurings and other special situation transactions.

Experience

Acquisition Financings

  • Represented leading private equity firm in connection with obtaining syndicated first lien and second lien credit facilities in an aggregate amount of $1.425 billion, the combined proceeds of which were used to acquire a leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry.*
  • Represented leading private equity firm in connection with obtaining syndicated first lien and second lien credit facilities in an aggregate amount of $1.050 billion, the combined proceeds of which were used to acquire a cyber-security software and services company in a take-private transaction.*
  • Represented Golden Gate Capital in connection with obtaining syndicated first lien and second lien credit facilities in connection with its $2.9 billion acquisition of Neustar, Inc., an industry-leading technology company that provides real-time information, analytics and other solutions in marketing, risk, communications and security services.*
  • Represented leading private equity firm in connection with obtaining a $490 million first lien credit facility, the combined proceeds of which were used to acquire a market-leading software platform for technology solution providers.*
  • Represented Network Merchants LLC in its acquisition of Creditcall Ltd., a payment service provider and payment gateway with offices in the United States and United Kingdom.*
  • Represented Industrial Growth Partners in its acquisition of the parent company of Des-Case Corporation, a leading filtration and specialty lubricants company.*
  • Represented a company, as borrower, with respect to two bridge credit facilities, totaling $1.3 billion, and three permanent term loan facilities, totaling $1.2 billion, to finance the joint venture acquisition of a steel processing plant.*

Liability Management & Restructurings 

  • Represented J. Jill, Inc. with respect to its comprehensive out-of-court restructuring. J. Jill is a premier omni-channel retailer and nationally recognized women’s apparel brand. The transaction involved amendments to the company’s term loan and ABL credit facilities, issuance of a new priming term loan credit facility and the issuance of a new term loan subordinated credit facility.*
  • Represented Associated Materials with respect to a series of transactions that provided for a comprehensive out-of-court balance sheet recapitalization. Associated Materials is a leading North American manufacturer and distributor of exterior building products. The transaction involved, among other things, the conversion of the company’s existing notes to equity, an amendment to and extension of its ABL facility and the issuance of new senior secured notes.*
  • Represented Alex and Ani and its affiliates in their out-of-court restructuring. Alex and Ani designs, manufactures, and sells iconic, American-made jewelry. The transaction involved operational and financial initiatives, including amendments to the company’s credit facility and a new money investment. Existing equity retained control of the company.*
  • Represented a leading national truck company in a landmark out-of-court restructuring, which resulted in the company refinancing more than $1 billion of secured indebtedness, converting deferred fees and interest under the company's senior credit facility into equity, issuing $100 million of new-money junior secured notes, extending the maturity of various debt obligations and deferred pension obligations and divesting a line of business.*

Fund Financings

  • Represented a leading private equity firm with respect to a $2.25 billion subscription credit facility for its flagship equity fund.*
  • Represented a leading private equity firm with respect to a $250 million subscription credit facility for one of its equity funds.*
  • Represented a leading private equity firm with respect to a $206 million subscription credit facility for its flagship equity fund.*
  • Represented a leading private equity firm with respect to a $300 million back-leverage facility for one of its credit funds.*
  • Represented a leading private equity firm with respect to an aggregate $905 million in back-leverage facilities for one of its credit funds.*
  • Represented a commercial lending institution, as administrative agent, with respect to a $375 million subscription credit facility for a private equity and infrastructure investment firm.*

Other Notable Transactions

  • Represented a global entertainment company with respect to a $200 million new money investment.*
  • Represented multiple companies with respect to the attainment of vial financing through the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program and Main Street Loan Program.*
  • Represented leading private equity firm with respect to investor financings related to the launch of a $500 million special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).*
*Experience prior to joining Ropes & Gray
  • JD, magna cum laude, DePaul University College of Law, 2012; Order of the Coif; Editor of Articles, Notes and Comments, DePaul Law Review; Recipient of Certificate in Business Law
  • BBA (Finance), cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2007

Qualifications

  • Illinois, 2012
  • California, 2015
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