Meme Peponis is a partner based in the New York office.
Ms. Peponis’ practice focuses on acquisition and distressed financing. She also has extensive experience in domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions; private equity, joint venture and other investments; and public and private securities offerings.
Ms. Peponis is distinguished as one of the country’s best banking and finance lawyers by Chambers Global
, Chambers USA
and The Legal 500 U.S.
In 2012, she received the Individual Banking and Finance Award at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
Ms. Peponis recently represented:
- Bausch & Lomb in the repricing and amendment of its senior secured credit facilities;
- Rural/Metro Corporation in the amendment of its senior secured revolving credit facility;
- Bausch & Lomb Holdings in its $700 million senior unsecured term loan facility and shareholder dividend;
- Sabre in its $2.552 billion senior secured credit facilities;
- Neiman Marcus in the repricing of its senior secured term loan facilities;
- Biomet in its $730 million incremental term loan facility, the proceeds of which were used to refinance earlier-maturing term loans under its senior secured credit facilities;
- Warburg Pincus in the acquisition of Crossmark, including new first- and second-lien credit facilities to finance a portion of the purchase price therefor and related amendments thereto;
- Consolidated Precision Products in the refinancing and upsizing of its first- and second-lien credit facilities and in its acquisition of the Turbine Technologies Group of Esco Corporation;
- Neiman Marcus in amendments to its term loan and asset-based credit facilities and in a $500 million incremental term loan to finance the repurchase and retirement of previously issued senior subordinated notes;
- Biomet and its Dutch subsidiaries in their new $500 million senior secured asset-based revolving credit facilities, comprised of a $400 million U.S. subfacility and a $100 million Euro-equivalent Dutch subfacility;
- Biomet in its new $330 million senior secured revolving cash flow credit facilities, amendments to and extensions of its dollar- and Euro-denominated senior secured cash flow term loan facilities, its $800 million offering of senior subordinated notes, its $1.825 billion offerings of senior notes and the related repurchases and retirements of previously issued senior subordinated notes and senior notes;
- Endurance International Group in multiple upsizings and refinancings of its first- and second-lien credit facilities, its dividend to shareholders and its acquisition of Hostgator;
- Bausch & Lomb in its $2.835 billion and Euro460 million senior secured credit facilities, its $500 million acquisition of Ista Pharmaceuticals and its repurchase and retirement of previously issued senior notes;
- Sabre in multiple amendments to and extension of its senior secured credit facilities, and incremental term loan facility and its $800 million senior secured notes offerings;
- Rural/Metro Corporation in the financings for two acquisitions;
- Warburg Pincus in the acquisition of Endurance International Group from Accel-KKR;
- RegionalCare Hospital Partners in the acquisition of Essent Healthcare from Vestar Capital Partners;
- Warburg Pincus in the acquisition of Consolidated Precision Products from Arlington Capital Partners;
- Warburg Pincus in the $438 million leveraged buyout of Rural/Metro Corporation;
- Honeywell in its $2.8 billion revolving credit facility;
- Valerus Compression Services in its asset-based credit facility amendment and secured note issuance and asset-based term loan;
- J. Crew on the financing aspects of its acquisition by TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners; and
- Neiman Marcus in the amendment and restatement of its term loan and asset-based revolving credit facilities.
Ms. Peponis represented TPG in the acquisition of Vertafore from Hellman & Friedman; the special committee of the Board of Directors of Interactive Data Corporation on the financing aspects of the company’s leveraged buyout by Silver Lake Partners and Warburg Pincus; TPG in the debt financings for its acquisition of a majority stake in Valerus Compression Services; Barclays in providing Lehman Brothers Holdings a $450 million debtor-in-possession credit facility; Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and TPG in the $27.5 billion leveraged buyout of wireless network operator Alltel Corporation and the subsequent $28.1 billion sale of Alltel to Verizon Wireless; Alpha Natural Resources in connection with financing matters relating to its proposed $10.0 billion merger with Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.; ON Semiconductor Corporation in connection with financing matters relating to its $915 million acquisition of AMIS Holdings, Inc.; Warburg Pincus in the $4.5 billion leveraged buyout of Bausch & Lomb; a consortium of private equity investors including The Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and TPG in the $11.4 billion leveraged tender offer for Biomet, Inc.; TPG and Silver Lake in their $5.3 billion leveraged buyout of Sabre; Apollo Management and TPG in connection with the debt financing for their $27.8 billion leveraged buyout of Harrah’s Entertainment; Vale (formerly CVRD) in connection with an $18.0 billion bridge loan to finance its offer to purchase Canadian nickel miner Inco; TPG, The Carlyle Group and Permira Advisors in connection with the debt financing for the $17.6 billion leveraged buyout of Freescale Semiconductor by a private equity consortium led by Blackstone; TPG and Warburg Pincus in their $5.1 billion acquisition of the Neiman Marcus Group; Targa Resources, and shareholder Warburg Pincus, in Targa’s $2.4 billion leveraged acquisition of the natural gas transportation and processing assets of Dynegy; Topaz Power Partners, a joint venture between Carlyle/Riverstone and Sempra Energy, in connection with the $1.1 billion leveraged acquisition of Topaz’s Coleto Creek power plant by International Power; and Goldman, Sachs & Co., as financial advisor to Intergraph, in Intergraph’s $1.3 billion leveraged buyout by a private equity consortium led by TPG and Hellman & Friedman.
Ms. Peponis joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2006. She previously worked as a summer associate in the firm’s New York and Frankfurt offices in 1995. She received a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1996 and an undergraduate degree, cum laude
, from Yale College in 1992.
Ms. Peponis is a member of the Bar in New York.