Eric J. Handler

Eric J. Handler

Partner

Office

Practice Groups

Eric Handler is a partner in the firm’s New York City office, maintaining a primary focus on high-value transactional matters, including corporate finance, secured lending, general securities, and corporate law.

Eric has represented issuers, private equity sponsors, investment banks, and other financial institutions in a variety of capital markets and secured lending transactions, including negotiations of bridge financing commitments, acquisition financings, mezzanine financings, registered offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities (both high-yield and investment grade), debt exchange offers, debt and equity tender offers, and consent solicitations. Eric also regularly advises clients in general securities and corporate law matters, including ongoing disclosure obligations and corporate governance issues under U.S. federal securities laws and New York and Delaware state law.

Eric earned his J.D. at Fordham University School of Law, where he was a staff member on the Fordham Law Review.

Representative Matters
  • Acting as counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with a private placement by an oil and natural gas acquisition, exploitation, and exploration company of $600 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes, and concurrent tender offer and consent solicitation for the company’s existing notes
  • Acting as counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with a private placement by the world’s largest equipment rental provider of $750 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes and $2.075 billion aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes
  • Acting as counsel to one of the world’s largest vodka producers in connection with a prepackaged plan of reorganization involving multiple exchange offers and other debt financing transactions
  • Acting as counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with a private placement by a movie theatre holding company of 157,000 units, consisting of $157 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured floating rate notes and 157,000 warrants to purchase common stock
  • Acting as counsel to the dealer-manager in connection with an exchange offer and consent solicitation by a domestic paper manufacturer for approximately $1.8 billion aggregate principal amount of its outstanding notes, and concurrent notes offering for cash
  • Acting as counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with a private placement by a short-term loan and financial services company of $250 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes to finance the acquisition of a competitor
  • Acted as counsel to the underwriters in connection with a registered offering by one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of fertilizer of $1.6 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes and approximately 13 million shares of common stock to finance the acquisition of a competitor
  • Acted as counsel to the joint book runners and joint structuring agents in connection with an exempt offering by a commercial aircraft financing company of $238 million aggregate principal amount of secured notes guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Acted as counsel to a domestic paper manufacturer in connection with a private placement of $305 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes, and an exchange offer and consent solicitation for the company’s existing senior notes and senior subordinated notes
  • Acted as counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with a private placement by a short-term loan and financial services company of $60 million aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes
  • Acted as counsel to a Canadian paper manufacturer in connection with a private placement of $255 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes
  • Acted as counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with a private placement by a telecommunications company of $450 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes to finance the acquisition of a competing telephone company
  • Acted as counsel to an oil and natural gas acquisition, exploitation, and exploration company in connection with a private placement of $1.2 billion aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes
  • Acted as counsel to a Native American casino operator in connection with a consent solicitation with respect to its $180 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes
  • Acted as counsel to a Brazilian cement manufacturer and construction company in connection with consent solicitations with respect to two tranches of its existing senior notes
  • Acted as counsel to the dealer-manager in connection with a debt tender offer by a lender in the manufactured home industry for up to $90 million aggregate principal amount of its senior notes
  • Acted as counsel to the dealer-manager in connection with an SEC registered “modified Dutch auction” tender offer by a computer software company for up to $60 million worth of its common stock
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2005
  • Rutgers University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2001