Todd Ransom

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Houston Law Center, cum laude

B.A., State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Admissions

New York

Pennsylvania

Texas

Profile

During his career, Todd Ransom has served as counsel for banks, investment banks, hedge funds, private equity funds and other financial institutions in connection with syndicated, club and single lender financing transactions, including syndicated loan transactions for borrowers in various industries, margin loans, hedge fund share loans, financing transactions for registered investment companies, prime brokerage and derivatives, various other structured lending transactions, acquisition financing transactions, and venture debt transactions. Todd has also served as counsel for energy companies and financial institutions in connection with syndicated, club and single lender oil and gas reserve based financing transactions, financing transactions secured by mid-stream pipeline assets and other energy lending and acquisition/divestiture transactions.

Todd’s strong mix of regulatory knowledge and transactional experience allows him to provide great value to his clients, many of which are highly regulated entities and require a sound regulatory understanding of various legal regimes. In addition to the transactions described above, Todd has advised clients in connection with margin regulations, broker-dealer regulations, the Investment Company Act of 1940, Rule 144, Section 13, Section 16 and other provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 

The value Todd is able to provide to his clients is also a result of his unique understanding of the day to day concerns and sensitivities of his clients given his time spent as an Assistant General Counsel at one of the world’s largest financial institutions.

In addition to the work done for his clients, Todd also regularly speaks and publishes on various topics, including recent presentations on margin regulations, pre-foreclosure rights with respect to equity collateral, key issues in equities financing, and forbearance agreement fundamentals.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New York

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition by Thomson Reuters, 2007

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Strategies and Common Pitfalls in Commercial Lending: When Using Equity Interests As Collateral,” a live audio CLE conference presented by Strafford, July 22, 2015
  • “Cross-Collateral/Cross-Default Loans: Structuring and Documenting Transactions,” a live audio CLE conference presented by Strafford, February 11, 2015
  • "Forbearance Agreement Fundamentals," a live audio CLE conference presented by Lorman Education Services, October 9, 2014 and August 18, 2014
  • “Stopping the Bleeding: Pre-Foreclosure Rights and Equity Collateral,” co-author, Bloomberg BNA's Banking Report, April 1, 2014
  • “Understanding Regulation U and X – A Comprehensive Guide to the Margin Regulations,” an annual CLE program presented to various major financial institutions

Selected Client Representations

  • Representation of a large U.S. bank in connection with a $2.5 billion term repurchase agreement transaction. 
  • Representation of a large U.S. bank in connection with over $4 billion in financing transactions to open and closed-end registered investment companies.
  • Representation of the U.S. branch of a Japanese bank in connection with various financing facilities to open and closed-end registered investment companies.
  • Representation of a large U.S. bank in connection with a $4 million revolving loan facility secured by hedge fund shares.
  • Representation of a large U.S. bank in connection with a $200 million letter of credit facility for a reinsurance company.
  • Representation of a Delaware licensed insurance company, as administrative agent and lender, in connection with acquisition financing in the form of a $100 million term loan facility and a $12.5 million revolving facility to an operating company subsidiary of a large U.S. private equity firm. 
  • Representation of a large investment bank, as administrative agent and lender, in connection with a $30 million term margin loan facility.
  • Representation of a large U.S. bank in connection with various loan transactions to investment advisors secured by management fees 
  • Representation of a private equity firm in connection with a $30 million term loan facility to a used motor oil refinery company and further representation in connection with structured workout post default.
  • Representation of a large investment bank in connection with a $200 million oil and gas reserve based revolving loan facility and negotiation of related oil and gas hedging contracts. 
  • Representation of a large U.S. bank in connection with a note purchase agreement secured by hedge fund shares.
  • Representation of a large investment bank in connection with a $15 million revolving margin loan facility.
  • Representation of a financial institution in connection with various mezzanine lending transactions and bridge loans, including mezzanine hotel development facilities. 
  • Representation of the U.S. branch of a large French bank in connection with various receivables financing agreements covering contracts for the physical delivery of oil and gas.
  • Representation of a U.S. bank in connection with a financing transaction secured by life insurance policies.
  • Representation of a medical technology company in connection with a venture capital loan transaction.

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