Michael Kaufman

Michael W. Kaufman

Partner

Michael W. Kaufman

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    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.

    Financing Transactions

    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.

    Private Equity

    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.

    Private Banking

    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.
     

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represented a mezzanine lender in connection with a debt financing of a manufacturer of branded and private label specialty medical products.

      • Represented a bank in connection with the extension of senior secured credit facilities to a leading chain of spas and salons.

      • Representation of financial institutions in connection with loans secured by fine art.

      • Represented a mezzanine lender in connection with a debt financing of an independent battery distributor.

      • Represented a mezzanine lender in connection with a debt financing of a manufacturer of water treatment chemicals.

      • Represented a bank in connection with the extension of senior secured credit facilities to a leading managed hosting and cloud provider.

      • Represented a mezzanine lender in connection with a debt financing of a designer and manufacturer of advanced drilling machinery.

      • Represented a private equity firm in connection with the financing of the acquisition of a packaging adhesives company.

      • Represented a mezzanine lender in connection with a debt financing of a provider of linen services.

      • Represented a mezzanine lender in connection with a debt financing of a radio company.

      • Represented a leading provider of backup, disaster recovery and intelligent business continuity solutions in connection with the financing of an acquisition.

      • Represented a group of investors led by a private equity firm in financing the acquisition of a provider of materials-based solutions for handling, processing, marking and packaging high-value technology and medical components.

      • Represented mezzanine lenders in connection with a debt financing of a medical research company.

      • Represented mezzanine lenders in connection with a debt financing of a digital promotions agency.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      New York State Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Commercial Finance Section
      Committee Chairman
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • News

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