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Robin J. Miles
Robin Miles represents chemical and energy companies, banks, investment banks and investors in senior and subordinated debt financings, acquisition and project financings, structured financings, leveraged buyouts, securitizations, structured commodity arrangements, maritime financings, trade financings, restructurings and DIP financings.
Robin represented Great Plains Energy Incorporated in its pending purchase of Westar Energy. Great Plains will acquire Westar in a combined cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $12.2 billion. Robin led the negotiation of Great Plains' $8 billion bridge loan from Goldman Sachs & Co. to successful completion in May 2016.
Robin spearheaded the firm’s representation of Venoco, Inc. in its creditor negotiations and Chapter 11 reorganization, which resulted in the elimination of almost $1 billion in debt. The bankruptcy proceeding was completed in four months and with the agreement of all creditor groups in July 2016.
From the lead arranger side, he was lead counsel in 2016 for a major U.S. money center bank as lead arranger in multiple credit facilities and for Société Générale in its 2016 secured $1.5 billion borrowing base facility for Mercuria Energy Trading.
Structured and Project Finance
The U.S. subsidiary of a major Chinese chemical company in the project financing of the construction of a greenfield methanol plant in Louisiana, ongoing.
A private equity firm in the structuring and documentation of a structured finance vehicle to guarantee certain cash flows for one of the world’s largest industrial companies, 2016.
Spectra Energy, Inc. with a joint venture in its participation in a public bid issued by the Mexican Electricity Commission and project finance for the construction and operation of a $2.1 billion underwater natural gas pipeline in Mexico, 2016.
Noble Americas Corp. in its $400 million accounts receivables securitization program, 2015.
A foreign bank in its $35 million construction and project financing of a gas to liquids plant in Westlake, LA, 2014.
Kinder Morgan, Inc. in its $200 million structured letter of credit facilities arranged by Citigroup, 2014.
Noble Energy Solutions, LLC in its receivables securitization program, 2014.
Targa Resources Partnership LP in its receivables securitization program, 2012-2015.
Macquarie Bank Limited in its $30 million project financing of roof top solar installations for Just Energy Group Inc.'s subsidiary, Hudson Solar, 2012.
Ruby Pipeline, LLC in its $1.075 billion senior notes offering and $350 million term loan facility used to refinance its $1.65 billion construction financing, 2012.
Phillips 66 in its $1.2 billion receivables securitization facility arranged by the Royal Bank of Canada in connection with the spin off from ConocoPhillips, 2012.
Project company in restructuring of an $800 million construction loan and power purchase agreement for a 665 MW coal-fired power plant, 2011-2012.
La Paloma Generating Company in the first and second lien financing for its 1,022 MW gas-fired power plant, 2011.
El Paso Corporation in $1.65 billion development, construction, and project financing of Ruby Pipeline (Project Finance International's 2010 "Oil & Gas Deal of the Year"), 2010.
Reliant Energy, Inc. in the development and execution with Merrill Lynch of its credit-enhanced structure for supply and hedging of retail power business, including structuring of ring-fence and credit sleeve transaction (Energy Risk magazine's 2008 deal of the year), 2006-2009.
Société Générale, as lead arranger, in its $1.5 billion secured commodity borrowing base revolving credit facility for Mercuria Energy Trading, 2014-2016.
Great Plains Energy Incorporated in its $8 billion bridge loan from Goldman Sachs & Co. used to finance the pending purchase of Westar Energy with an approximate transaction value of $12.2 billion, 2016.
Ferrellgas Partners LP in the amendment of its $700 million revolving credit facility, 2016.
Targa Resource Partners LP in its $1.6 billion secured revolving credit facility, which included provisions for the fall away of collateral and covenants upon an investment grade rating, 2016
DCP Midstream, LLC, a joint venture between Spectra Energy, Inc. and Phillips 66, in its $750 million secured revolving credit facility, 2016.
A U.S. money center bank and a foreign bank, as joint lead arrangers and administrative agent, in a $1.75 billion secured revolving credit facility to Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP, 2015 and 2016.
A U.S. money center bank, as lead arranger for Azure Midstream Partners, LP in its $225 million revolving credit facility, 2015.
Barclays Bank, as lead arranger for Tallgrass Equity, LLC, in its $150 million revolving credit facility, 2015.
A U.S. money center bank, as lead arranger, for Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP in its $850 million revolving credit facility, 2014 and 2015.
A midstream natural gas pipeline and processing company in a $2 billion unsecured revolving credit facility agented by Citibank, NA, a $400 million unsecured term loan facility agented by the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd, a $1 billion unsecured revolving credit facility agented by JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA and a $300 million unsecured delayed-draw term loan facility agented by Bank of America, NA, 2015.
Targa Resource Partners, LP in its $1.6B revolving credit facility and acquisition financing, 2015.
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as lead arranger, in its $250 million secured reserve-based credit facility for a private independent oil and gas company, 2014.
MUFG Union Bank, N.A., as lead arranger, in its $1.75 billion investment grade revolving credit facility for Continental Resources, Inc., 2014 and 2015.
Crédit Agricole, as lead arranger, secured $400 million first-out letter of credit facility and $300 million second-out term loan B for McDermott International, Inc. Principal collateral was offshore construction vessels, 2014.
Ferrellgas Partners, LP in its $600 million revolving credit facility and $100 million accordion exercise and $150 million tack on high yield notes offering, 2014 and 2015.
Crédit Agricole, as lead arranger, secured $950 million revolving credit facility to McDermott International, Inc. Principal collateral was offshore construction vessels, 2013.
Ferrellgas Partners LP in its $500 million revolving credit facility and $325 million high yield notes offer, 2013
Crédit Agricole, as lead arranger, $75 million revolving credit facility and $190 million term loan for Willbros United States Holdings, Inc. to refinance its existing credit facility, 2012.
Venoco, Inc. in the financing of its going private transaction, including its $500 million reserve-based revolving credit facility and $215 million second lien term loan and its holding company’s $60 million notes offering and $255 million PIK-toggle high yield notes offering, 2012 and 2013.
A U.S. money center bank in its purchase of BNP Paribas' North American oil and gas loan portfolio, 2012.
Phillips 66 in its $4 billion commercial paper program entered into in connection with the spin off from ConocoPhillips, 2012.
Venoco, Inc. in its creditor negotiations and Chapter 11 reorganization, which resulted in the elimination of almost $1 billion in debt. The bankruptcy proceeding was completed in four months and with the agreement of all creditor groups in July 2016.
Venoco, Inc., a Denver-based exploration and production company, in the issuance of its $175 million of first lien notes, $75 million secured term loan, and exchange of $194 million in principal and interest of its unsecured notes for $150 million of second lien notes, 2015. M&A Advisor named the transactions its 2015 “Deal of the Year,” out-of-court restructuring greater than $500 million, 2015.
A U.S. money center bank in the restructuring of a $120 revolving credit facility to an oil field services company, 2016.
A private upstream exploration and production company in the restructuring of its existing debt, 2015-2016.
A private midstream gas and gas liquids transportation and processing company in the amendment of its bank credit facility, 2015.
Lead arranger in out-of-court restructuring of secured revolving credit facility, 2014.
Project company in restructuring of $800 million construction loan for a 665 MW coal-fired power plant, 2011.
Reliant Energy, Inc. in its successful $6.2 billion debt restructuring, 2002-2003.
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1986
B.S., University of Colorado, 1978
American Bar Association
Member, ABA's Working Group on Legal Opinions
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Legalease, The Legal 500 United States
Finance - Commercial Lending: Advice to Borrowers, 2016
Finance - Commercial Lending: Advice to Lenders, 2016
Project Finance, 2011-2015
Structured Finance, 2010-2013
Bank Lending, 2008, 2015
Energy: Transactions, 2014
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide
Leading Lawyer, Bank Lending 2013
Leading Lawyer, Banking, Project Finance, 2016-2017
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers
Banking Law, 2005-2011
Banking and Finance Law, 2012-2017
Kansas Law Review, 1984-85; Notes and Comments Editor, 1985-86
Order of the Coif