James L. Baker is a partner in Holland & Knight's Dallas office. Mr. Baker practices in the area of corporate finance with a focus on representing asset managers, lenders and financial institutions. He advises clients that are involved in various industries, including energy, banking, insurance, hedge funds and general financial services. Mr. Baker counsels lenders, issuers and servicers/collateral managers in connection with complex structured finance transactions involving collateralized obligations, including collateralized loan obligations (CLO) and collateralized bond obligations (CBO), asset-backed securities (ABS) and securitizations, as well as a broad range of structured and traditional lending products. Representative asset classes in this space have included middle-market loans, broadly syndicated commercial loans, auto loans, commercial mortgage loans, peer-to-peer loans, consumer loans, credit card receivables, oil and gas royalties and other esoteric or specific types of collateral.
Mr. Baker has significant experience representing traditional lenders in connection with investments structured to be compliant with the principles of sharia under Islamic law, including ijara, murabaha and sukuk-based facilities. He counsels numerous lenders and investors in connection with their senior and subordinated/mezzanine debt investments, debt workouts and restructurings, preferred stock, control and minority equity purchases, warrant and other “equity kicker” investments, syndicated bank facilities, asset-based loans, multilender/purchaser transactions, and loans involving complex and multijurisdictional collateral.
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