Dallas – Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Alison Boren and William Howell have joined the firm’s Global Finance, Private Equity and M&A practices in Dallas as partners. Ms. Boren and Mr. Howell have extensive experience in a wide array of corporate matters, including capital markets transactions, financing transactions and restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and securities.
“We are excited to welcome Alison and Bill to our talented team of lawyers here in Dallas,” said Yvette Ostolaza, managing partner of Sidley’s Dallas office and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “We pride ourselves in attracting high-caliber talent, such as Alison and Bill, to lead in this competitive industry. They will definitely help expand, deepen and diversify our corporate finance and M&A offerings to our regional, national and international clients.”
Ms. Boren has extensive experience handling virtually every type of debt financing transaction, including high-yield debt and bridge financing, Rule 144A offerings, investment-grade bonds, margin financing, private equity and mezzanine financing, private placements, acquisition and leveraged recapitalization facilities, project financing, commercial bank credit facilities, asset-based financing, debtor-in-possession financing, letter of credit facilities and commodities, interest rate and currency derivatives. Her industry-specific experience includes electric power, REITs, oil and gas, technology, media and communications, master limited partnerships, chemicals, mining and minerals, manufacturing, real estate and construction, and hospitality, among others. She also has significant experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. Ms. Boren is recognized in Chambers USA Banking & Finance and in The Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Howell maintains a general corporate practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and securities matters. He has extensive experience representing clients from multiple industries, including energy, technology, telecommunications, retail and hospitality in complex mergers and acquisitions, tender offers involving publicly traded entities, strategic alliances and joint ventures. Mr. Howell also counsels issuers and investment banking firms in corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings, registered offerings of debt securities, venture capital investments and financings with institutional lenders. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America.
“Alison and Bill are highly respected lawyers in Dallas,” said Angela Fontana, partner and co-leader of Sidley’s Private Equity practice. “They are welcome additions to our growing team and bring highly desirable skill sets that will expand our capabilities and help us continue to deliver an exceptional level of service to our clients.”
Sidley’s Dallas office has grown to more than 60 lawyers, most of whom have practiced in the city for many years. Lawyers in this office regularly advise clients in the areas of intellectual property, M&A, private equity, global finance and complex commercial litigation. Due to its continuing rapid expansion, the Dallas office will be moving later this year to the iconic McKinney & Olive building located in Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood.
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