Leslie M. Mazza

Senior Counsel

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
T 212 728 8245
F 212 728 9245
lmazzawillkie.com

Leslie M. Mazza is senior counsel in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, where she represents borrowers and financial institutions in a wide variety of financing transactions with an emphasis in institutional private placements of debt; unsecured lending transactions, and financings secured by a variety of collateral; structured finance; public and Rule 144A debt offerings; and debt restructurings and workouts.

In the area of traditional private placements, including cross-border transactions, Leslie has represented institutional investors in financings for the benefit of companies organized in Australia, France, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Leslie has also represented institutional investors purchasing notes in leveraged lease financings of a variety of assets including stamping presses, phosphate reserves and Web hosting facilities. Recent representative engagements include advising the issuer or the institutional investors in connection with senior notes issued, guaranteed or credit enhanced by Buzzi Unicem S.p.A., CGI Group, Inc., Costco Wholesale Corporation, Hearst Communications, Inc., Kingspan Group, Meggitt PLC, Rolls-Royce plc, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., The Aerospace Corporation, The British Land Company PLC, Visy Industries, and Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. In addition, Leslie has had the opportunity from time to time to participate in a large number of modifications and restructurings of private placements.

In the area of public and Rule 144A offerings, Leslie’s recent engagements include representing Ventas, Inc. in offerings of senior notes and convertible notes; RenaissanceRe Ltd. in an underwritten public offering; the initial purchasers in offerings of senior notes and convertible notes by Lennar Corporation; and the underwriters in offerings of senior notes by Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

In the area of bank lending, Leslie’s engagements include ongoing representation of the borrowers Space Systems/Loral in connection with its secured credit facilities, and RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. and its insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries and affiliates in connection with their bank and capital markets transactions, including their publicly issued senior notes, unsecured credit facility, secured letter of credit facilities, and secured "funds at Lloyd’s" letter of credit facility, and bridge loan agreement.

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Leslie M. Mazza is senior counsel in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, where she represents borrowers and financial institutions in a wide variety of financing transactions with an emphasis in institutional private placements of debt; unsecured lending transactions, and financings secured by a variety of collateral; structured finance; public and Rule 144A debt offerings; and debt restructurings and workouts.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Leslie has served as a Trustee of the American College of Investment Counsel and serves as co-chair of the College’s Education Committee. She is a member of the American Bar Association. She is also a former participant in the Rockefeller Fellows program administered by the Partnership for New York City.