John (JW) Perry
  1. Partner

Mr. Perry is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Credit Group. His practice covers a wide range of transaction types, focusing on the representation of borrowers, lenders and private equity sponsors in domestic and international leveraged acquisition and asset-based lending transactions.

His sponsor clients include Tailwind Capital Partners, Loews Corporation, Lightyear Capital, Cornell Capital and Metalmark Capital. He has represented administrative agents and arrangers in connection with asset-based financings for United States Steel Corporation, XPO Logistics, Cliffs Natural Resources, Federal Mogul and numerous leveraged buyout transactions.

Work Highlights

Recent Representations
  • Loews Corporation in connection with financings for its approximately $1.2 billion acquisition of Consolidated Container Company from Bain Capital Private Equity.
  • Tailwind Capital Partners in connection with financings for a number of acquisitions and investments, including Lieberman Research Worldwide, Colony Hardware, Stratix Corporation, Dermarite Industries, Cumming Group, AmeriFleet Transportation, Distinct Holdings, Edenbridge Pharmaceuticals, Applications Software Technology, Lone Peak, HMT and Smith Cooper, along with several tack-on acquisitions relating thereto.
  • Lightyear Capital in connection with financings for a number of acquisitions and investments, including eComm and Datalot
  • The administrative agent in connection with the $1.5 billion asset-based revolving credit facility for United States Steel Corporation
  • The administrative agent in connection with the $2.65 billion in asset-based revolver, term loan and bridge financings for Advent’s investment in inVentiv Health
  • The administrative agent in connection with the $635 million of asset-based revolver and term loan financings for Apax’s acquisition of Quality Distribution
  • The administrative agent in connection with the $235 million of asset-based and term loan financings for Bain Capital Private Equity’s acquisition of Blue Nile, Inc.
Other Notable Representations
  • The arrangers in connection with the $61 billion bridge financing for Verizon Communications Inc.’s purchase of Verizon Wireless
  • The administrative agent for the senior credit facility lenders in connection with the comprehensive restructuring of the capital structure of the Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribe, owners of the Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York in connection with $3.2 billion of secured financings for International Lease Finance Corporation

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk since 2017
  • Associate, 2007-2013; Counsel, 2013-2017, Davis Polk
  • Associate, Bryan Cave, 2005-2007

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Education

  • B.S., Business Management, North Carolina State University, 2002
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2005
    • Executive Notes and Topics Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly