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Michael S. Goldman

Partner, Corporate

Michael S. Goldman is Head of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice, and has been described by peers and clients as someone who “sees and understands everything” and “truly loves his craft – a fantastic all‑round lawyer” (Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business). His practice includes complex syndicated loan transactions, acquisition and leveraged finance, asset‑based lending and securities offerings for both U.S. and international clients.

Mr. Goldman has been recognized as a leading practitioner in banking and finance for over a decade by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and The Best Lawyers in America. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, including participating in various panels hosted by The Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Inc. Mr. Goldman has authored several “Expert View” articles in Practical Law The Journal and recently co-authored “Speaking a Common Language,” a comparative analysis of the LSTA and Loan Market Association’s forms of revolving credit agreement for the LMA News. His work developing liability management structures in the leveraged loan market was also featured in the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers 2011 report.

Notable transactions include representing:

  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation in connection with US$21.8 billion of committed bridge financing to back its pending acquisition of Anadarko Petroluem Corporation;
  • The Walt Disney Company in connection with US$35.7 billion of committed bridge financing to back its acquisition of 21st Century Fox;
  • The agent and arranger of a $1 billion term loan facility made available to United Rentals to finance its acquisition of Vander Holding Corporation;
  • The agent and arranger in US$765 million of first lien and second lien credit facilities made available to an affiliate of KKR to finance its acquisition of The Bay Club;
  • Brunswick in US$800 million of credit facilities obtained to finance its acquisition of Power Products’ Global Marine & Mobile business;
  • The agent and arranger of US$570 million of senior secured first lien credit facilities and a US$225 million senior secured second lien term loan facility made available to MedPlast to finance its acquisition of Integer Holdings’ advanced surgical and orthopedics products business;
  • The agents and arrangers of US$355 million of senior secured credit facilities provided to an affiliate of Silver Lake Partners to finance its acquisition of Weld North Education LLC;
  • Time Warner, Inc. in connection with its sale to AT&T and a US$2 billion term loan facility;
  • The agent and arranger of approximately US$5.15 billion of senior secured term loans made available to TransDigm Inc.;
  • The agents and arrangers of a US$750 million term loan facility and US$2.8 billion of domestic and multicurrency revolving credit facilities provided to CBRE Group, Inc.;
  • Grupo Lala, S.A.B. de C.V. in connection with a US$1.3 billion Mexican Peso‑denominated bridge loan facility provided to finance its acquisition of Vigor Alimentos S.A.;
  • The agent and arranger of a US$3.5 billion five‑year revolving credit facility provided to Express Scripts Holding Company;
  • The agent and arranger of US$620 million of first lien and second lien credit facilities provided to an affiliate of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice to finance its acquisition of Carestream’s dental digital business;
  • The agents and arrangers of US$605 million of senior secured term loan facilities and a US$75 million ABL revolving credit facility provided to an affiliate of Lone Star Capital to finance its acquisition of New Arclin U.S. Holding Corp.;
  • The agents and arrangers of a US$400 million senior secured term loan facility and a US$450 million senior secured revolving credit facility provided to Terex Corporation;
  • The agents and arrangers of a US$1.38 billion bridge credit facility provided to Arch Capital Group Ltd. to finance the acquisition of United Guaranty Corporation by Arch Capital Group;
  • The agent and arranger of a US$1.97 billion U.S. term loan facility and a €250 million European term loan facility provided to Reynolds Group Holdings Limited;
  • The agent and arranger of a US$440 million senior secured revolving credit facility provided to BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation;
  • Olin Corporation in connection with the financing for its Reverse Morris Trust acquisition of The Dow Chemical Company’s chlorine products business;
  • The agents and arrangers of US$3.2 billion of credit facilities provided to an affiliate of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to finance its US$12 billion acquisition of GE’s Antares Capital business;
  • The agents and arrangers of US$12 billion of credit facilities provided to Zimmer Holdings, Inc. to finance its acquisition of Biomet, Inc.; and
  • Numerous agent banks, lenders and borrowers in connection with loan buybacks, debt exchanges, restructurings and other liability management transactions.

Mr. Goldman was born in New York, New York. He received a B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and a J.D. cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 1987, where he was a member of the Law Review. Mr. Goldman joined Cravath in 1987, and from 1989 to 1991 practiced in the Firm’s London office. He became a partner in 1995.

Mr. Goldman may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1929 or by email at mgoldman@cravath.com.

Mr. Goldman is admitted only in New York.

Contact
+1 (212) 474-1929
+1 (212) 474-3700