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Julie E. Dechen

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Advises clients on the real estate aspects of a wide variety of matters, including lending transactions, securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Julie advises financial institutions, lenders and companies on various complex transactions involving real estate, including leveraged loan and asset-based lending transactions, securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Julie’s practice also includes the financing and development of infrastructure and commercial projects, particularly hotels and casinos.

Experience highlights

Julie’s representations before joining Davis Polk include the following:

  • The initial purchasers in the $740 million Rule 144A offering by RailAmerica of its senior secured notes, and the administrative agent and lenders in the $2.3 billion senior secured credit facility for the acquisition of RailAmerica by Genesee & Wyoming, secured by over 500 real properties
  • The initial purchasers of $405 million senior secured notes for the financing of a high-speed rail project’s design, construction and development
  • 1-800-FLOWERS.com in connection with its acquisition of Harry & David Holdings and their real properties, and for the related term and revolving credit facility used to finance the acquisition
  • The administrative agent and lenders in a $1.45 billion revolving credit facility and $880 million term A credit facility secured by various real property interests for a leading casino entertainment company
  • Lead arrangers in connection with a $410 million term loan credit facility and a $450 million ABL credit facility for a healthcare services company in connection with an acquisition
  • The administrative agent and lenders in a senior secured credit facility for the construction of a liquefied natural gas plant
Education
J.D., Brooklyn Law School
  • cum laude
  • Carswell Merit Scholar
B.A., University of Miami
  • cum laude
  • Henry King Stanford Scholar
  • Mary B. Merritt Award
Professional history
  • Counsel, Davis Polk, 2023-present
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel, 2007-2023
    • Counsel, 2016-2023
    • Associate, 2007-2016
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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