NEW YORK, May 11, 2016 — King & Spalding represented three major investment banks as joint lead managers and joint active bookrunners in a $2.3 billion “whole business securitization” of the Taco Bell franchising and company-owned restaurant royalties of Yum! Brands, Inc., in a deal that closed today.
King & Spalding has represented investment banks in similar transactions for the franchise assets of Driven Brands, Inc., and Arby’s Restaurant Group and has advised on a number of other “esoteric” securitization deals in the past 12 months.
The King & Spalding team was led by partner Michael Urschel and included finance counsel Anthony Mechcatie, senior associate Matthew Sandiford and associates Samantha Rothman, Laura Newsom, Robyn Cho, Tad Bardenwerper and attorney Bert Eidson. Also providing assistance were partners Sarah Borders (bankruptcy), Carrie Ratliff (corporate), Scott Petty (IP); and John Sweet and John Taylor (tax), senior associate Emily Meyer (tax) and associates Courtney Byrne, Stephanie Levin and Gene Levin (corporate); and Robert Jones and Alex Yacoub (IP).
King & Spalding’s Global Finance practice brings together more than 100 finance lawyers located in offices across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East to represent lenders, investors, funds and borrowers in the full range of secured and unsecured financings. In each of 2014 and 2015, the firm closed approximately 200 finance transactions for our clients, amounting to over $120 billion in aggregate financing.
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