Linda L. Curtis is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Los Angeles office and a Co-Chair of the firm's Global Finance practice group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of corporate finance, including leveraged financings, with a specific focus in recent years on acquisition financings. She also represents clients in debt capital markets transactions and other secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine and subordinated financings, and has experience in securitization transactions, debt restructurings and workouts. Ms. Curtis' clients include private equity firms, commercial lending institutions and public and private companies in a variety of industries.
Ms. Curtis has for a number of years been selected byChambers and Partners as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance for its Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business directories, and as one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers" by Law and Politics and Los Angelesmagazines. Ms. Curtis was recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Banking and Finance Law. Most recently, she was named to the 2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars list, which features an “elite group of standout attorneys” identified by corporate counsel as those who provide “the absolute best client service.” In October 2011, Ms. Curtis was named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of Los Angeles’ top corporate attorneys on its annual list of Who’s Who in Law.
Ms. Curtis is the 2014 – 2015 President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). She has served as chair of LACBA’s Business and Corporations Law Section Executive Committee and LACBA’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section Executive Committee. Recent publications includeFinancing Provisions in Acquisition Agreements, California Business Law Practitioner, Summer 2011 (with Melissa Barshop).
Ms. Curtis received in 1987 her Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School and her Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford Business School. At Stanford Law School, she was an Articles Editor of the Law Review. Prior to her graduate work at Stanford, Ms. Curtis received a Bachelor of Arts in jurisprudence from Oxford University, where she was a Newton-Tatum scholar, and an A.B. in public affairs/economics from Princeton University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After graduating from Stanford, Ms. Curtis clerked for one year for the Honorable Robert F. Peckham, who was then Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Representative recent transactions include the representation of:
- a public company in the telecommunications business in connection with a 144A private placement of $300 million in senior notes and a new $525 million senior secured credit facility;
- a private equity firm in connection with successive senior secured and mezzanine financings for several portfolio companies, including acquisition financings and dividend recapitalizations, with transaction size ranging from $20 million to $200 million;
- a major bank in connection with a $200 million senior secured revolving credit facility for a private real estate investment company;
- a commercial lender in connection with its issuance of $1.7 billion in senior secured notes;
- a public company in the footwear and apparel business in connection with an acquisition financing consisting of a 144A private placement of $375 million in senior notes and a $1.1 billion senior secured credit facility;
- a leading aircraft leasing company in connection with a new $2.3 billion unsecured revolving credit facility;
- a shipping and logistics company in connection with a $226 million private note offering and a new $375 million unsecured credit facility related to its spinoff from its parent company as a separate public company;
- a public consumer goods company in connection with a $2.7 billion senior secured term loan, a $750 million senior secured asset-based revolving facility and $1.5 billion in senior notes in connection with the financing of a leveraged buyout;
- a private real estate joint venture in the gaming industry in connection with a refinancing transaction involving a $500 million term loan facility and the issuance of $1.5 billion in senior first and second lien notes;
- a commercial lender in connection with a $290 million senior secured acquisition financing for the leveraged buyout of a public company in the restaurant business; and
- a public company in the fast casual restaurant business in connection with a $600 million senior secured credit facility and an $80 million franchisee financing securitization facility.