Melissa A. Leonard

Partner

Cleveland
T +1 216.861.7986  |  F +1 216.696.0740
New York
T +1 212.589.4281  |  F +1 212.589.4201

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 financing, debt restructurings and hedging transactions. Clients trust Melissa as a strategic adviser to represent their interests and to obtain the results that they are seeking.

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Financing
  • Representing a client in its $269,000,000 senior and mezzanine loans from a Fortune 100 bank.
  • Represented a plastic fabrication company in its $228,000,000 senior and $25,950,000 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 ecommerce platform BeachMint to create a new independent company, The Lucky Group.
  • Represented the management of Matrix Financial Solutions, a portfolio company of financial sponsor Bluff Point Capital, in the sale of Matrix to publicly traded Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. for $201,000,000.
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Experience

Financing
  • Representing a client in its $269,000,000 senior and mezzanine loans from a Fortune 100 bank.
  • Represented a plastic fabrication company in its $228,000,000 senior and $25,950,000 subordinated debt facilities.
  • Represented a designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear and eye care accessories, supplies and equipment in its $114,500,000 senior and $25,750,000 subordinated debt facilities.
  • Represented a manufacturer of liquid mold rubbers and liquid casting materials in its $88,500,000 senior credit facility.
  • Represented a Slovenian bank in a syndicated $50,000,000 loan to a developer and supplier of luxury electronic table gaming products.
  • Represented a United States bank in a $40,500,000 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 $100,000,000 credit facility administered by BMO Capital Markets Corp.
  • Represented a service provider to the insurance industry in its $57,000,000 credit facility arranged by a Fortune 500 global financial services company.
  • Represented a service provider to the insurance industry in its $73,000,000 credit facility led by an institutional lender with a Fortune 500 bank as collateral agent.
  • Represented a United States bank in a $20,800,000 real estate development project loan.
  • Represented a United States bank in a $19,000,000 real estate development project loan.
  • Represented Developers Diversified Realty Corporation in its $1,250,000,000 credit facility led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and its $800,000,000 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 ecommerce platform BeachMint to create a new independent company, The Lucky Group.
  • Represented the management of Matrix Financial Solutions, a portfolio company of financial sponsor Bluff Point Capital, in the sale of Matrix to publicly traded Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. for $201,000,000.
  • Advised the selling shareholder of Pearce Services Inc. in its sale to a private equity firm, Willcrest Partners, for an undisclosed amount. Willcrest Partners operates in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector. 
  • 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. At the time of the transaction, CBIZ Wealth Management included 24 individual wealth management consultants and professionals located in Cumberland (MD), Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Diego.
  • Represented CBIZ, Inc. in its acquisition of certain assets of Akron’s Tegrit Group. Tegrit is a national provider of actuarial consulting and retirement plan administration. The terms of the deal were not announced.
  • Advised Blue Point Capital Partners on its recapitalization of The Hilsinger Company for an undisclosed amount. Hilsinger is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear and eye care accessories, supplies and equipment. Blue Point’s investment in Hilsinger is focused on optimizing its operations and supply chain while supporting opportunities for growth. Hilsinger is headquartered in Plainville, MA, and has additional operations in North America, Europe and Australia.
  • Advised Morgenthaler Private Equity in its acquisition of Bowles Fluidics Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of fluid distribution products, and in its add-on acquisition of DLH Industries, Inc. 
  • Represented Morgenthaler Private Equity in its sale of Enginetics Corporation, a leading manufacturer of formed metal components for aerospace engine applications, to Standex International Corporation 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 Corporation. 
  • Advised City Carting Holding Company, Inc. in its acquisition by Tunnel Hill Partners, L.P. City Carting Holding Company, Inc. is a United States-based integrated solid waste management and recycling company.

Memberships

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

Community

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

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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