Christine L. Swanick

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • Finance
  • Asset Based Lending
  • Real Estate Lending
  • Syndicated Credit Facilities
  • Tribal and Indian Law
  • Financial Services
 
University Boston College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1990 Phi Beta Kappa
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Arizona, J.D., 1995
 
Admitted1996, Arizona; 2001, California; 2004, District of Columbia; 2005, New York; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
 
Memberships 

Memberships

•Lecturer in Law for NALSA section Legal Practice Workshop, Adjunct Faculty Member, Columbia Law School, 2014

 
Biography

Overview

Christine Swanick is a partner in the Finance and Bankruptcy practice group in the firm's New York office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Swanick concentrates her practice in the area of commercial financing and other credit transactions, including commercial loans, letter of credit facilities, syndicated credit facilities and note and bond financings, especially in the area of tribal-related financing projects. Additionally, Ms. Swanick advises on restructuring of tribal debt. She also represents tribes and entities doing business with tribes in contractual, gaming, regulatory and economic development matters. Her work puts her in regular contact with federal decision-makers, including attorneys at the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Honors
•Ranked Leading Individual in Native American Law by Chambers USA, 2008-2014
•Ranked Up-and-Coming Individual in Native American Law by Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2006, 2007
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2015
•Elected as a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers

Experience
•Represented Administrative Agent and Lead Arranger in $310 million syndicated financing to a tribal gaming authority in the Pacific Northwest
•Represented Administrative Agent and Lead Arranger in $250 million syndicated financing to a tribal gaming authority in the Southeast
•Represented tribal borrower in $500 million syndicated financing to refinance existing debt
•Advised utility company regarding power plant located on Indian lands
•Acted as Indian law counsel to Administrative Agent, Lead Arranger and Underwriter in $230 million term loan B and $260 million bond financing to tribal authority in California
•Acted as Indian law counsel to Administrative Agent, Lead Arrangers and Underwriter in $400 million term loan B and $450 million bond financing for greenfield tribal gaming project in California
•Represented tribal borrower in $160 million secured syndicated financing for both tax-exempt and gaming related purposes
•Represented tribal borrower in $600 million secured syndicated financing related to gaming operations
•Represented Administrative Agent in $410 million secured syndicated financing to a tribal gaming authority
•Represented Administrative Agent in $290 million secured syndicated financing to a tribal gaming enterprise
•Represented Agent, as special counsel, in restructure of $700 million secured syndicated financing
•Represented lenders in over 50 commercial bank financings, including single bank, club deals and syndicated financings
•Represented borrower in $950 million secured syndicated financing of casino expansion project
•Represented underwriters in numerous bond financings and high-yield debt offerings
•Represented creditors and borrowers in restructuring debt obligations

Publications & News

Articles
•Are Tribal Corps. Eligible For Bankruptcy Protection?
Law360, March 13, 2013
•IRS Authorizes Optional TEDB Volume Cap Extensions, Requests Comments on Reallocation of Volume Cap, November 2, 2011
•Conference on Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Lake of the Torches Economic Development Corp, Spring 2011

Finance & Bankruptcy Law Blog Posts

•Federal Court Limits Tribe’s, Secretary’s Options When States Balk at Gaming Compact, October 22, 2014
•U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community et al., May 27, 2014
•Interior’s Carcieri Opinion Means More Diligence for Trust Land Development Projects, March 14, 2014
•Tribal Corporate Bankruptcy Petition Raises Issues of First Impression for Bankruptcy Court, March 7, 2013

Media Mentions
•Sheppard Mullin Nabs Ex-Dorsey Indian Law, Finance Pro
Law360, February 15, 2012

Speaking Engagements
•Presenter, “Hot Topics in Native American Financing 2014,” Lorman Education Services Webinar, November 20, 2014
•Panelist, Best Practices for Your Tribe's Debt Management, The Native American Finance Officers Association’s (NAFOA) 32nd Annual Conference, April 14, 2014
•Panelist, Native American Gaming Panel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance Conference, December 3, 2013
•Moderator, Integrating Community Values in Your Tribal Investments, The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA), September 9, 2013
•Panelist, You Might Need Permission and To Re-Fi or Not to Re-Fi, Develop Native America (DNA) Conference, April 30-May 1, 2013
•Panelist, The March Toward Bank Refi's 2013, The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA), April 19, 2013
•Presenter, Investing in Indian Country 101 and Tribal Gaming Update, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton CLE, March 20, 2013
•Presenter, Tribal Trust Land Attributes & Acquisitions, Lorman Seminars CLE, December 17, 2012
•Presenter, Native America Gaming Panel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance Conference, December 5, 2012
•Panelist, The National Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) Career Panel at the Federal Bar Association's 37th Annual Indian Law Conference, April 19, 2012
•Panelist, Project Feasibility, Develop Native America (DNA) Conference, April 11, 2012
•Panelist, Lowering the Cost of Capital, The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) Conference for Indian Country, March 20, 2012
•Co-Author and Co-Presenter, Current Issues in Tribal Financing, Lorman Seminars CLE, November 2011
•Panelist, Distressed Credits and Debt Management, Native American Finance Officer's Association Conference, October 2011
•The New Deal: Understanding & Managing Your Tribal Economics in a Difficult Economy, Global Gaming Expo Webinar, September 2010
•Is Your Per Capita Sustainable?” National Indian Gaming Association Conference, April 2010
•From Dead Ends to Disasters: Native American Finance at a Crossroads, Native American Finance Officer’s Association Conference, March 2010
•Issues Related to Native American Debt Structuring, FBR Capital Markets Telephone Conference, March 2010
•Panelist, Unchartered Territory, Issues in Native American Debt Restructuring, Banc of America Securities, May 2009
•Panelist, Coping with a Brave New World, Native American Officer's Association Conference, February 2009
•Moderator, Sovereignty, Governance, and the Law, Native American Finance Officers Association Conference, New Jersey, September 2007
•Panelist, Executive Forum: Tribal Sovereign Immunity, Native Nations Institute, May 2007
•Financing in a High Yield Market, IMN Native American Finance Conference, February 2007

Events
•Roundtable with Your Finance & Bankruptcy Attorney
Native American Finance Update - What You Need to Know Now
Sheppard Mullin New York, November 13, 2014
•Breakfast With Your Finance and Bankruptcy Lawyers
Investing in Indian Country 101 and Tribal Gaming Update
Sheppard Mullin New York, March 20, 2013
•Lecturer in Law for NALSA section Legal Practice Workshop, Adjunct Faculty Member, Columbia Law School, 2014

 
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Federal Court Limits Tribe’s, Secretary’s Options When States Balk at Gaming Compact
Christine L. Swanick,Wilda Wahpepah, January 13, 2015
A federal district court in New Mexico has issued a decision finding that the U.S. Department of the Interior’s regulations permitting the Secretary of the Interior to adopt Class III gaming procedures for a tribe lacking a Tribal-State Compact are invalid and violate the Indian Gaming...

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community et al.
Christine L. Swanick,Wilda Wahpepah, June 13, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court (“Court”) issued a 5-4 decision today in a case with implications for Tribal-State relations and the resolution of disputes under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq. (“IGRA”). The Court in Michigan v. Bay Mills...

Interior’s Carcieri Opinion Means More Diligence for Trust Land Development Projects
Christine L. Swanick,Wilda Wahpepah, March 19, 2014
The Office of the Solicitor of the Department of the Interior has issued a legal opinion (the “Opinion“) to the Secretary of the Interior interpreting the statutory phrase “under federal jurisdiction” in the Indian Reorganization Act, 25 U.S.C. § 461 et seq. (1934),...
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