Steven Messina is head of the Banking Group in Skadden’s New York office. He represents investment banks, commercial banks, private equity funds and corporations in connection with a wide range of U.S. and international syndicated and other corporate financing transactions, including acquisition financings, leveraged buyouts, bridge financings, investment grade financings, asset-based loans, mezzanine loans, corporate recapitalizations and debtor-in-possession financings.

Bio

Notable representations include:

  • JAB Holding Company in connection with:
    • a $3 billion credit facility related to its $7.5 billion acquisition of Panera Bread;
    • a $2.8 billion credit facility related to its pending acquisition of National Veterinary Associates from Ares Management;
    • a $495 million credit facility to support its acquisition of Compassion-First Pet Hospitals from Quad-C Management Inc.;
    • a $500 million credit facility related to its $1.35 billion acquisition of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts; and
    • a $2.4 billion unsecured credit facility to finance the acquisition of Dr Pepper Snapple by its portfolio company Keurig Green Mountain;
  • Coty, Inc. in connection with:
    • $9 billion of credit facilities related to its acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s fragrance and cosmetics business in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction; and
    • €400 million of incremental term loan facilities related to its acquisition of the beauty and personal care businesses of Hypermarcas;
  • Endo International PLC in a variety of matters, including advising on the financing and capital structure aspects of:
    • its $8.05 billion acquisition of Par Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.; and
    • its acquisition of Paladin Labs, Inc., a Canadian company, through the formation of a new Irish holding company, including the issuance of $700 million of notes, $1.5 billion term loan facility and $750 million revolving credit facility;
  • United Natural Foods with respect to a $1.95 billion first lien credit facility and $2 billion asset-based credit facility in connection with its acquisition of SUPERVALU;
  • AbbVie Inc. with respect to:
    • a £13.5 billion bridge loan facility and related financing transactions in connection with its proposed $55 billion acquisition of Shire plc; and
    • a three-year $2 billion term loan credit facility;
  • Becton, Dickenson and Company in connection with:
    • a $15.6 billion bridge loan facility, $2.25 billion term loan facility and $2.25 billion revolving credit agreement related to its $24 billion acquisition of Bard Corporation; and
    • a $9 billion bridge loan facility and $1 billion term loan facility related to its $12.2 billion acquisition of CareFusion Corp.;
  • IAA, Inc. with respect to a $1.025 billion credit facility in connection with its spin-off from KAR Auction Services Inc.;
  • Kelso & Co. with respect to:
    • senior secured and mezzanine financings related to its acquisition of Physicians Endoscopy, L.L.C.;
    • a $475 million senior secured credit facility related to its acquisition of the assets of Plan B One-Step from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; and
    • a $540 million credit facility to support its acquisition of a co-controlling stake in Progressive Solutions from affiliates of StonePoint Capital;
  • Kelso & Co. and affiliates of Blue Wolf Capital Partners in connection with $935 million of senior secured credit facilities related to their acquisition of Jordan Health Services from Palladium Equity Partners;
  • Hg Capital with respect to:
    • a $205 million credit facility related to its acquisition of Litera Microsystems;
    • a $225 million credit facility related to its acquisition of Corepoint Heath, LLC; and
    • an $82 million credit facility related to its acquisition of Rhapsody;
  • Amulet Capital Partners, LP with respect to:
    • $50 million of senior secured credit facilities in connection with its acquisition of SynteractHCR Holdings Corporation; and
    • a $70 million credit facility to support its acquisition of a management services organization;
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with a $450 million term and revolving loan financing and $175 million incremental term loan financing for MA-COM Technology Solutions;
  • Deutsche Bank in connection with a $1.65 billion term and revolving credit facility for Extended Stay America;
  • Credit Suisse AG in connection with:
    • a $450 million first-lien credit facility and $170 million second lien credit facility to finance the acquisition of JCF Ascensus Holdings, Inc. by Genstar Capital;
    • its arrangement of a fully underwritten covenant-lite $5 billion senior secured term loan to Fortescue Metals Group Limited; and
    • a $650 million first-lien credit facility and $60 million asset-based credit facility to finance the acquisition of Tekni-Plex, Inc. by Genstar Capital;
  • D.E. Master Blenders, the Dutch-based European coffee company, and its shareholder, the German private investment group JAB Holding Company in its $11 billion U.S. leveraged financing in connection with its merger with Mondelēz International’s coffee unit. This financing was awarded Loan Deal of the Year at the 2015 IFLR European Awards;
  • Kemper Corporation in connection with a $550 million credit facility;
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in connection with multiple credit facilities;
  • Leidos Holdings, Inc. in connection with $3.4 billion of credit facilities related to its acquisition of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions segment in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction;
  • Centene Corp. in connection with a $1 billion term loan facility related to its $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net, Inc.;
  • Moody’s Corporation in connection with a $1.5 billion bridge loan facility and $500 million term loan facility related to its €3 billion acquisition of Bureau van Dijk; and
  • Realogy Corporation in a number of finance transactions, including its $1.1 billion senior term and revolving credit facility.
Mr. Messina was selected for inclusion in Chambers Global 2019 and Chambers USA 2018, and has been recognized as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Pace University School of Law, 1997 (magna cum laude; Editor, Pace Law Review)
  • B.S., State University of New York, Oswego, 1991

Admissions

  • New York