Leslie Ford has been actively involved in over $6 billion worth of financing transactions in the last three years, with more than $1.5 billion in the healthcare industry. Serving a diverse client list, Leslie represents public and private borrowers, private equity investors and financial institutions in secured and unsecured financing transactions. Her practice involves representing clients in various types of financing transactions including syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, first and second lien credit facilities, asset-based financings, mezzanine financings, equipment financings, construction loans, workouts and restructurings.
By thinking creatively with her clients, Leslie works to close deals with successful outcomes that go beyond the numbers to the broader business objectives. For borrowers, this means strategic and efficient access to capital while maintaining maximum operational flexibility in debt arrangements. For lenders, it means effectively managing risk while simultaneously entering into a successful, mutually beneficial relationship with the borrower. Leslie’s success with her financing practice extends to include frequent collaboration with attorneys in the Corporate & Securities and Healthcare Practice Groups.
Tennessee Bar Association — Business Law Section; Health Law Section
American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
Represented Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EGL) in its $1.3 billion debt refinancing
Represented a professional sports team in the increase and extension of its syndicated secured credit facility to $101 million with Regions Bank as administrative agent
Served as primary outside counsel to the NHL’s Nashville Predators since 2010.
Represented CoreCivic in the refinancing of their bank credit facilities
Represented Smyrna Ready Mix Concrete in the refinancing of its senior credit facilities
Engility Holdings Merges with SAIC for $2.5 Billion
Represented American Physician Partners in its acquisition of Texas-based Emergigroup Physician Associates
Represented American Physician Partners in its acquisition Arizona Progressive Medical Associates
Represented Smyrna Ready Mix Concrete in the closing of a $97.5 million syndicated credit facility with Regions Bank, as administrative agent
Represented national food distributor United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) in connection with its senior credit facility transactions, including most recently the increase in its asset-based revolving credit facility from $600 million to $900 million
Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2013-2019)
Tennessee Law Review — Editor-in-Chief
Phi Beta Kappa