Melissa A. Leonard

Partner

Cleveland
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New York
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Overview

Melissa Leonard concentrates her practice on mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions, with substantial experience representing both private equity and public company clients. Melissa's financing experience includes senior secured and unsecured financings, mezzanine financings, project and structured finance, real estate development financings, debt restructurings, and hedging transactions. Clients trust Melissa as a strategic adviser to represent their interests and to obtain the results they are seeking.

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Financing
  • Representing a client in its $269 million senior and mezzanine loans from a Fortune 100 bank.
  • Represented a plastic fabrication company in its $228 million senior and $26 million subordinated debt facilities.
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Advised Advance Publications' Condé Nast subsidiary in the spinoff of Lucky magazine's print and digital components. Lucky combined with e-commerce platform BeachMint to create a new independent company, The Lucky Group.
  • Represented the management of Matrix Financial Solutions in its sale to publicly traded Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. for $201 million.
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Experience

Financing
  • Representing a client in its $269 million senior and mezzanine loans from a Fortune 100 bank.
  • Represented a plastic fabrication company in its $228 million senior and $26 million subordinated debt facilities.
  • Represented a designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear and eye care accessories, supplies and equipment in its $114.5 million senior and $25.8 million subordinated debt facilities.
  • Represented a manufacturer of liquid mold rubbers and liquid casting materials in its $88.5 million senior credit facility.
  • Represented a Slovenian bank in a syndicated $50 million loan to a developer and supplier of luxury electronic table gaming products.
  • Represented a United States bank in a $40.5 million loan to a manufacturer of industrial ovens and environmental chambers.
  • Represented a national provider of technology and outsourcing solutions to the insurance industry in its $100 million credit facility administered by BMO Capital Markets Corp.
  • Represented a service provider to the insurance industry in its $57 million credit facility arranged by a Fortune 500 global financial services company.
  • Represented a service provider to the insurance industry in its $73 million credit facility led by an institutional lender with a Fortune 500 bank as collateral agent.
  • Represented a United States bank in a $20.8 million real estate development project loan.
  • Represented a United States bank in a $19 million real estate development project loan.
  • Represented Developers Diversified Realty Corp. in its $1.25 trillion credit facility led by JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. and in its $800 million credit facility led by KeyBank National Association.
  • Represented Big River Steel and its affiliates in structuring, negotiating and closing debt financing for the development of a $1.2 billion Greenfield steel mini-mill under construction in Northeast Arkansas.
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Advised Advance Publications' Condé Nast subsidiary in the spinoff of Lucky magazine's print and digital components. Lucky combined with e-commerce platform BeachMint to create a new independent company, The Lucky Group.
  • Represented the management of Matrix Financial Solutions in its sale to publicly traded Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. for $201 million.
  • Advised the selling shareholder of Pearce Services Inc. in its sale to private equity firm Willcrest Partners for an undisclosed amount. 
  • Advised Morgenthaler Private Equity on the sale of its portfolio company, Satellite Logistics Group, to JF Hillebrand for an undisclosed amount. 
  • Advised CBIZ Inc., a business services company, in its sale of CBIZ Wealth Management to Mariner Wealth Advisors for an undisclosed amount.
  • Represented CBIZ in its acquisition of certain assets of Akron's Tegrit Group. The terms of the deal were not announced.
  • Advised Blue Point Capital Partners on its recapitalization of The Hilsinger Co. for an undisclosed amount.
  • Advised Morgenthaler Private Equity in its acquisition of Bowles Fluidics Corp. and in its add-on acquisition of DLH Industries Inc. 
  • Represented Morgenthaler Private Equity in its sale of Enginetics Corp. to Standex International Corp. for an undisclosed amount.
  • Advised GED Integrated Solutions Inc., a portfolio company of Brockway Moran Partners, in its sale to GED Acquisition Inc., a portfolio company of Altus Capital Partners. 
  • Advised MPE CASE Lab Inc. in its acquisition of Polytek Development Corp. 
  • Advised City Carting Holding Co. Inc. in its acquisition by Tunnel Hill Partners L.P.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA): Board of Trustees

Admissions

  • Ohio, 1995
  • [Not admitted in New York]

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1994, cum laude
  • B.S., Miami University, 1992, summa cum laude