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Leon A. Yel

New York
Business: (212) 259-7345
Mobile: (646) 770-3299
Lyel@ckrlaw.com
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BAR ADMISSIONS

New York


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Corporate/Transactional
General Corporate & Commercial
Corporate Finance
Capital Markets
Venture Finance & Emerging Companies
Private equity/Venture Capital
Finance and Restructuring
Leveraged and Acquisition Finance
Project Finance
Infrastructure Finance and Development
Banking and Financial Instruments
Global Finance
Real Estate Finance
Structured Finance
Asset Based Lending
Real Estate and Construction
International
Russia Practice
International Banking and Trade Finance
Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency


ACCREDITATIONS

EDUCATION

J.D. from Brooklyn Law School


LANGUAGES

English
Russian
Hebrew

Leon A. Yel is a partner at CKR Law LLP. His practice primarily focuses on corporate law, real estate, corporate lending, including syndicated financings, club loan facilities, bilateral loan arrangements, and blockchain technology and digital currency.

Mr. Yel has negotiated and documented numerous large syndicated secured and unsecured credit facilities, club loan facilities and bilateral loan arrangements. Leon’s lending experience includes senior secured, cash flow and asset-based credits. He has represented agents, arrangers, lenders, borrowers, hedge funds and private equity funds in early stage and ABL debt transactions, financings for acquisitions, leveraged recapitalizations and other corporate purposes. Leon also has experience in debt trading transactions and securitizations.

Prior to joining CKR, Mr. Yel was a senior counsel at the New York office of McGuireWoods LLP and an associate at the New York office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP.  Prior to practicing law, Leon served as vice president and CFO for Capital Hedging business at JPMorganChase & Co. and was an auditor with Deloitte LLP. Leon is also a certified public accountant (inactive). Mr. Yel was named to New York Rising Stars, by Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Select Transactional Experience

  • Representation of administrative agent in a $6 billion senior credit facility to a national auto loan finance company.
  • Representation of administrative agent and joint lead arranger in a $1 billion senior credit facility to a national retailer.
  • Representation of administrative agent and co-lead arranger in a $1 billion senior credit facility to a sporting goods manufacturer.
  • Representation of administrative agent and lead arranger in a $350 million senior secured credit facility to a leading independent film, television and digital studio.
  • Representation of administrative agent in a $200 million senior term credit facility to a South American iron-ore mining company.
  • Representation of administrative agent in a $150 million senior credit facility to one of the oldest and largest South American banks.
  • Representation of administrative agent and lead arranger in a $135 million senior secured term credit facility to finance the acquisition of a US-based movie studio by a UK-based movie studio.
  • Representation of administrative agent in a $125 million asset-based facility to finance acquisition of a leading provider of plastic packaging by a top-tier sponsor.
  • Representation of administrative agent and joint lead arranger in a $100 million senior secured credit facility to a major global electronic market maker and broker in exchange-listed securities.
  • Representation of administrative agent and lead arranger in an $88 million senior secured term credit facility to finance the acquisition of a Scandinavian production company by a UK-based studio.
  • Representation of administrative agent in an $18 million senior asset-based facility for a manufacturer of turn-key computer systems.
  • Representation of a New York based developer in $6 million construction credit facility.
  • Representation of a New York based developer in $5.8 million construction credit facility.