Duane McLaughlin’s practice focuses on bank lending and debt capital markets.

He regularly represents investment grade and leveraged borrowers and issuers as well as private equity sponsors and portfolio companies. He also represents lenders, underwriters, and debt investors.

Duane has extensive experience in acquisition financing transactions, and he has been involved in a number of transactions in Latin America.

Duane joined the firm in 1999 and became a partner in 2007.

Notable Experiences

  • American Tower in its acquisitions of CoreSite Realty and Telxius Telecom.

  • Artémis in the acquisition of a majority stake in CAA.

  • Belron in a series of financing transactions, including its initial term loan B issuance and incremental loans.

  • Brookfield Infrastructure in the $4.1 billion sale of its North American district energy business, Enwave.

  • Doosan Bobcat in financing transactions, including it $850 million term loan and $595 million revolver refinancing.

  • FEMSA in its acquisition of Valora and its divestiture of Envoy Solutions.

  • Homeserve in its $1.2 billion debut U.S. debt financing.

  • Lowe’s in the $400 million sale of its Canadian retail business to Sycamore Partners.

  • McCormick & Company in connection with a $1 billion revolving credit facility and in the financing for its acquisition of Cholula Hot Sauce as well as other financing matters.

  • Verizon in a variety of financing matters, including acquisition financing to acquire spectrum.

  • Voya Financial in its revolving credit facility.

  • Walgreens Boots Alliance in the $6.5 billion strategic transaction with AmerisourceBergen Corporation.

  • Westlake Chemical in the $3.9 billion financing of its acquisition of Axiall.

  • Western Digital in its acquisition of SanDisk and in a series of financing transactions, including its recently announced spinoff.

  • The lenders to CEMEX in a series of euro- and U.S.-dollar denominated credit facilities.

  • The lenders in the $11.4 billion acquisition financing of Forest City.

  • The lenders in connection with the debt financing commitments for Brookfield and its institutional partners to acquire all the assets of Cyxtera Technologies and real estate interests from third-party landlords at which certain of Cyxtera’s U.S. data centers are located.

  • Astound Broadband and TPG Capital in the refinancing of its senior secured credit facilities and in the financing of its $8.1 billion sale to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners.

  • A consortium led by TPG Capital, PAG Asia Capital, and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in the acquisition of Cushman & Wakefield.

  • LATAM and its debtor affiliates in its $2.75 billion exit financing.

  • Apollo Funds in the restructuring of the debt and equity of Aeromexico.

  • A creditors committee in the exchange offer by Azul.

  • The underwriters in more than $20 billion of debt offerings by the Mexican cement company CEMEX, and previously, an international bank committee in connection with the restructuring and rescheduling of CEMEX’s bank and bond debt of approximately $15 billion of indebtedness, which LatinFinance named its “Best Restructuring Transaction of the Year” in 2010.

  • Regularly represents a number of large multinational companies on financing matters, including América Móvil, Arauco, Copa Airlines, Codelco, Coca-Cola FEMSA and Mercado Libre.

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2023: “Second Circuit Affirms Syndicated Loans Are Not Securities, Avoiding Market Disruption,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo

2023: “Corporates Face Novel Risks from Debt Ceiling Impasse—Even if No Default Occurs,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo 

2022: “The Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act: A Closer Look at How It Interacts with State Law and What It Means for Potential Litigation Risks,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo

2020: “SDNY Rules Transocean’s Internal Restructuring Does Not Violate Notes Indenture,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, republished by Law360

2020: “Trends and Considerations for Secured Notes Offerings During COVID-19,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo

2020: “Federal Reserve Releases Details of Main Street Lending Program,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, republished by The Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog

2020: “SDNY Holds Syndicated Loans Are Not Securities, Rejecting Challenge That Threatened to Disrupt $2 Trillion Market During COVID-19 Crisis,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo

2020: “COVID-19 – Liquidity and Other Considerations For Borrowers,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo

2017: “How Things are Different Outside Europe: USA/Asia,” 2nd Edition, A Practitioner’s Guide to Syndicated Lending (Sweet & Maxwell)

2010: “How Things are Different Outside Europe: USA/Asia,” 1st Edition, A Practitioner’s Guide to Syndicated Lending (Sweet & Maxwell)