DON L. WEAVER
FIRM: SNR Denton US LLP
LAW SCHOOL: USC
SELECTED CLIENTS: Bank of America, Key Bank, City National Bank, Commercial Solar Power Inc.
YEARS IN PRACTICE: 20-plus years
Biggest Deals: Represented the agent and bank group in a $1.2 billion financing for the construction of four utility scale gas-fired electric generation plants. Represented a rail-car company in a $1.3 billion financing for the acquisition of rail cars funded by syndicated bank debt and commercial paper.
Most Difficult Deal: The financing of a floating oil production/storage facility in the North Sea. There were several difficult legal issues that arose regarding rights and interests in the facility that was in international waters.
Best Career Moment: Obtaining a tax ruling from the state that resulted in several million dollars of savings for the client.
Worst: After working for several months without a day off on a financing of a telecom facility in Asia, the sponsoring government was downgraded on the morning of the closing thereby eliminating the credit support needed for the deal. Without the credit support the transaction could not go forward.
Highlight of Past Year: The development and financing of solar renewable energy projects. This emerging new market involves a technology I believe will be beneficial to the economy and our environment.
The Secret to Closing a Deal: I try at the outset of a transaction to develop a relationship with the other side so that communications will continue even when difficult issues arise.
If I Weren’t an Attorney: I would teach history.
My Colleagues Don’t Know: I am an avid hiker. I hiked Mount Whitney three years in a row.
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