P. Joshua Deason

Partner

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
T 212 728 8631
F 212 728 9631
pdeasonwillkie.com

Joshua Deason is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department. Joshua practices in the firm’s Finance Practice Group, focusing on banking and institutional finance.

He represents domestic and international borrowers, private equity sponsors and lenders in a wide array of secured and unsecured financings, including acquisition financings, bridge financings, first-lien/second-lien financings, mezzanine financings, mutual fund financings, subscription financings and asset-based lending. Joshua is also a member of the American College of Investment Counsel. He represents institutional investors and issuers in domestic and cross-border institutional private placement transactions.

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Joshua Deason is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department. Joshua practices in the firm’s Finance Practice Group, focusing on banking and institutional finance.

Selected Significant Matters

Joshua has acted as counsel to:

  • Platinum Equity in high yield and bank financings in connection with Platinum’s acquisition of Vertiv Corporation
  • Institutional investors in connection with senior secured notes issued by an affiliate of Rolls-Royce plc
  • SourceHOV with debt financing-related matters in connection with its $2.8 billion merger with Novitex and Quinparo to form Exela Technologies
  • The administrative agent and lead arranger in connection with the $2 billion revolving and term loan credit facilities provided to Host Hotels & Resorts, L.P.
  • Bank of Nova Scotia, as administrative agent and a lender, in connection with various acquisition financing and related transactions
  • Institutional investors in connection with various issuances of senior notes guaranteed by Costco Wholesale Corporation and issued by an affiliate thereof
  • Institutional investors in connection with senior notes issued by Meggitt plc
  • Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund in connection with various issuances of senior secured notes pursuant to institutional private placement transactions
  • Platinum Equity in high yield and bank financings in connection with Platinum’s acquisition of WFS Global Holding SAS
  • Various mutual funds in connection with their secured and unsecured financings, from various lenders, including JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • Tronox in securing committed financing with respect to its all-cash, $1.64 billion acquisition of Alkali Chemicals from FMC Corporation, as well as in the financing of its acquisition of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business for $1.673 billion in cash and stock
  • GSO Capital in its $550 million facility to finance the approximately $2.7 billion acquisition of Belk by Sycamore Partners
  • Friedman Fleischer & Lowe in the financing aspects of its sale of C.H.I. Overhead Doors to KKR
  • Morgan Stanley in its $85 million first lien exit facility to Global Geophysical Services, Inc.
  • A lead arranger in $117.5 million in first lien secured unitranche term facilities to finance the acquisition by a private equity sponsor of a “carve out” chemicals company
  • A sponsor in $1.1 billion in first lien and second lien facilities to finance the recapitalization and portfolio consolidation of several software processing companies
  • Friedman Fleischer & Lowe in $268 million in secured first lien/second lien and revolving credit facilities in a dividend recapitalization transaction involving C.H.I. Overhead Doors
  • Goldman Sachs Mortgage Company in $1.85 billion in secured refinancing cross-border mortgage and mezzanine loans to Kyo-ya Hotels
  • The majority lenders in connection with the restructuring of the credit facility of Kerzner International Limited

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Joshua is a member of the American College of Investment Counsel. Joshua is also a member of the Banking Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association.

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • “In re Miller: Recent Case Highlights the Difficulty of Perfecting Security Interests Against Individuals under Article 9 of the UCC”, The Practical Lawyer Magazine (February 2013)