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Experience

Cassandra Mott represents both capital providers and capital users, including private equity funds and their portfolio companies, in a variety of commercial transactions, with a particular focus on leveraged buyout financings related to acquisitions and recapitalizations.

Cassandra is an “exceptional practitioner with great business sense.” – Chambers USA 2013

Cassandra has structured, negotiated, and documented senior, subordinated, mezzanine, and unitranche financing facilities of many types, including single, “club” and multi-bank, syndicated, general working capital, investment-grade credit, asset-based, cash flow, first lien and second lien, and multijurisdictional facilities.  Cassandra also advises clients on intercreditor matters, helping them structure and negotiate transactions with multiple debt tranches and lien priorities.  Her practice also includes advising clients on in-court and out-of-court debt restructurings.

She has worked on many transactions both domestically and internationally.  In addition, her industry experience is vast and includes transactions in numerous businesses such as oil and gas, chemicals, consumer products, healthcare, technology, retail, transportation, and manufacturing.

Cassandra serves on the Global Board of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and is past president of the Houston Chapter of the ACG.  She co-chaired the 2018 Texas ACG Capital Connection. Cassandra also serves on the Stewardship Committee of the Houston Food Bank, and is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Partnership.  She also serves on Thompson & Knight’s Management Committee.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a borrower in the oil and gas industry in connection with a $750 million syndicated secured revolving credit facility
  • Represented the administrative agent in a term loan facility and senior secured revolving credit facility for welding companies
  • Represented first out lenders and last out lenders in multiple unitranche financing facilities for companies in various businesses, including cybersecurity technology, digital marketing, and medical claims processing
  • Represented the second lien agent in the second lien secured financing for an oil and gas exploration company
  • Represented the lead arranger and administrative agent in senior facilities for companies engaged in various businesses, including the semiconductor industry, power management solutions, and pharmaceutical services
  • Represented the lead arranger and administrative agent in connection with the senior secured financing for companies engaged in numerous businesses, including: (a) dental practice management; (b) contract cleaning and related services; (c) manufacturers of respiratory products, aerospace parts, greeting cards, and industrial and mechanical gear drives; (d) diagnostic services; (e) elevator and mechanical services; (f) transportation; and (g) air and water purification
  • Represented the lead arranger and administrative agent in the senior secured first lien credit facility for companies engaged in numerous businesses, including non-food pet care products, oilfield services, and specialty chemicals
  • Represented the lead arranger and administrative agent in connection with revolving and term loan credit facilities for an apparel retailer
  • Represented underwriters, issuers, and trustees in multiple senior secured notes offerings
  • Represented borrowers in their senior secured and subordinated financings in various industries, including: (a) manufacturers of doors, ventless fireplaces, and trailer hitches; (b) high voltage power supply; (c) microphone technology and design; (d) medical and dental website design; (e) environmental testing and support services; (f) software and services to the home care and hospice industries; (g) e-mail marketing; and (h) the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs
  • Represented borrowers in their senior secured financing in various industries, including: (a) manufacturers and suppliers of urological products, high-end wall coverings, and rotationally molded coolers; (b) matchmaking and dating services; (c) a franchisor in the promotional products business; (d) in vitro diagnostics; (e) retail pharmacies; (f) engineering services; (g) claims management outsourcing; (h) web design; (i) antimicrobial and mold control technology; and (j) workers’ compensation sales and service software
  • Represented an exploration and production company in its senior secured financing
  • Represented a transportation company in its senior financing and the securitization of its trade receivables
  • Represented an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company in its bankruptcy exit financing and its subsequent senior secured financing related to the acquisition of oil-weighted Gulf of Mexico properties
  • Represented a pipeline company in its senior financing for the acquisition of the equity interests in a privately owned midstream operator
  • Represented a telecommunications company in its equipment financing

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Banking and Finance Law), 2020
  • Chambers USA by Chambers and Partners (Banking & Finance), 2012-2013, 2019
  • The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Finance: Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings), 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Banking), 2013-2018
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters, 2011
  • Ohio Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters, 2006, 2007

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Global Board Member, Association for Corporate Growth, 2017-2019
  • Member, Thompson & Knight Management Committee, 2018-2019
  • Past President, Board Member, and Co-Chair of 2016 and 2018 Texas ACG Capital Connection, Association for Corporate Growth; Houston Chapter
  • Member, LSTA Primary Markets Committee
  • Member, Executive Women’s Partnership, Greater Houston Partnership
  • Member, Stewardship Committee, Houston Food Bank
  • Member, St. Agnes Academy Advancement Committee, 2018-2019
  • Member, Commercial Finance Association

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 1999, with honors, The Ohio State University, Order of the Coif; Note and Comment Editor, The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution
  • B.A., 1994, with high distinction, Ohio Northern University

Admissions

  • Texas