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 in The Best Lawyers in America and 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