Overview

About Brant

Brant Norquist represents borrowers and lenders in commercial loan and other debt financing transactions.

He advises on senior, second lien and subordinated loans; syndicated credit facilities; asset-backed loans (ABL); mezzanine loans; intercreditor agreements; public offerings and private placements of notes (including 144A private placements); leveraged acquisition financings; equipment financings; project financings; new market tax credit arrangements; and other secured and unsecured debt financing transactions. Brant’s experience includes representing clients in the transportation, manufacturing, energy, aerospace and health care industries.

Brant also has extensive experience representing both buyers and sellers in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Brant clerked for the Honorable Christopher R. Brauer in Oregon’s Sixth District Circuit Court (2007).

Brant has a JD/MBA joint law and business degree from the University of Oregon.

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Experience

Experience

Commercial Loans and Other Debt Financing Transactions

  • Represented an Oregon-based Fortune 500 company in connection with multiple refinancings of its credit facilities, which now have aggregate loan commitments exceeding $2.5 billion.
  • Represented a small business investment company in multiple senior, second-lien and subordinated loans and preferred equity investments in small businesses.
  • Represented a Utah-based geothermal energy company in its private placement of over $150 million in notes (under Rule 144A) to an insurance company.
  • Represented a timberlands management and investment group in connection with obtaining a $125 million real-estate backed revolving credit facility from an insurance company.
  • Represented an automotive dealer group in obtaining a $100 million new vehicle floorplan and revolving line of credit directly from an automotive manufacturer affiliate.
  • Represented a Nevada-based manufacturing company in obtaining a $65+ million ABL facility and term loan facility.
  • Represented an automotive dealer group in obtaining a $60 million revolving line of credit and new and service loaner vehicle floorplan credit facility directly from an automotive manufacturer affiliate.
  • Represented a Washington-based health care group in obtaining over $40 million in real-estate backed term loans.
  • Represented an Oregon-based health care group in obtaining a $35+ million refinancing of its existing credit facilities.
  • Represented an Oregon-based Fortune 500 company in connection with obtaining a $35 million revolving credit facility.
  • Represented a Utah-based public company in refinancing its $25 million secured revolving credit facility.
  • Represented an Oregon-based transportation company in obtaining a $150 million revolving line of credit.
  • Represented an Alaska native corporation in multiple debt financing transactions including a private placement of secured notes and in obtaining ABL revolving credit facilities and a term loan facility totaling $800 million.
  • Member of a team that represented a national rental equipment company in its private placement of notes (under Rule 144A) and its secured revolving credit facility aggregating to approximately $1.0 billion.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its participation as the lead investor in a portion of $25 million of subordinated promissory notes.
  • Member of a team that represented a public company in its $2.0 billion public debt offering in a registered shelf take-down.
  • Represented a public company in its public offering of $250 million of senior notes registered under a shelf registration process.
  • Represented a phone, television and internet service provider in the refinancing of its $50 million secured revolving credit facility.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented the buyer in its $800 million acquisition of all of the equity of a manufacturer of pipes.
  • Represented the buyer in its $500+ million acquisition of all of the equity of a manufacturer in the commercial and military aerospace sectors.
  • Represented an Oregon-based Fortune 500 company in a strategic acquisition for approximately $350 million.
  • Represented an Oregon-based Fortune 500 company in its sale of substantially all of the assets of one of its subsidiaries for approximately $12.5 million.
  • Represented the seller in the $32 million sale of an Oregon-based title company.
  • Represented a phone, television and internet service provider in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a cable television and high-speed internet business.
  • Represented a closely held business in the sale of its majority ownership interest in an SEC-registered investment adviser to a Canada-based bank.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Recognition

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year – Lewis and Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (2014)

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Pro bono attorney with Lewis and Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (2011-present)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Former Director, Schoolhouse Supplies
  • Former Director, Project Access NOW
  • Former Volunteer Coach, University of Portland Mock Trial
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Author of Advising Oregon Businesses, Chapter 19, “Debt Financing,” Oregon State Bar CLE publication, 2017
  • Presenter, “What Every Business Lawyer Should Know About Credit Agreements,” In-House CLE, 2017
  • Author of Advising Oregon Businesses, Chapter 26, “Inspection of Corporate Records,” Oregon State Bar CLE publication, 2017
  • Organizer, Third Annual Enterprise Risk Management Symposium, Portland, 2017
  • Client Deal Spotlight: Empower Energies Launches Distributed Generation Fund for PV Solar Projects, 12/22/2016



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