Michael W. Kaufman is a member of the firm's Finance Group, and he has more than 15 years of experience assisting clients with a range of financing matters. Mr. Kaufman has represented lenders and borrowers across numerous industries, including manufacturing, media, food service, retail, and telecommunications.
Mr. Kaufman’s practice involves all aspects of secured and unsecured bank, mezzanine, and other senior and subordinated lending. He represents borrowers, banks, funds, and other lenders. Mr. Kaufman guides clients through the complexities of subordination and intercreditor arrangements, the negotiation of financial covenants, and the perfection of collateral.
Small Business Investment Companies
As part of his transactional finance practice, Mr. Kaufman represents Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) in connection with mezzanine lending transactions. In this capacity, Mr. Kaufman guides his clients not only through the intercreditor matters inherent in any mezzanine financing, but also through the regulatory restrictions on the structure, pricing, and other terms applicable to SBICs.
Mr. Kaufman also represents private equity clients in connection with the financing of acquisitions across a range of industries. He coordinates closely with the firm’s mergers and acquisitions attorneys to ensure that the lending arrangements are in hand when a deal is set to close. Mr. Kaufman also advises private equity clients in connection with the refinancing of indebtedness of portfolio companies.
As a subset of his practice, Mr. Kaufman represents financial institutions in connection with loans to individuals (or their investment vehicles) secured by fine art, hedge fund interests and other assets. He has assisted his clients with credit facilities secured by artworks of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock and others.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Kaufman was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York, NY, where his practice focused on syndicated term and revolving credit facilities.