Thomas J. Friedmann


Thomas J. Friedmann


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Thomas J. Friedmann, managing partner of Dechert’s Boston office and co-chair of Dechert’s Global Corporate Finance and Capital Markets Practice, represents domestic and non-U.S. issuers and investment banks in public and private securities transactions. Mr. Friedmann also advises corporate clients on matters relating to securities law, corporate governance, and general corporate matters, including financial restructuring and securitization transactions.

Mr. Friedmann is also the co-head of Dechert's Permanent Capital Practice and regularly advises alternative asset managers in their efforts to access permanent capital through Business Development Companies (BDCs), closed-end funds and other vehicles. Having represented both issuers and underwriters on the organization and listings of numerous BDCs, Mr. Friedmann assists companies in navigating securities laws and sensitive disclosure matters under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940. He is a frequent speaker and has been quoted in various media outlets regarding developments and trends affecting BDCs and other alternative investment vehicles, an area in which Dechert has been identified as a leader by The Legal 500, a leading legal directory. Mr. Friedmann also counsels public and privately held companies in the energy, hospitality and technology industries on a broad range of capital markets and financing transactions, including high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, convertible and equity-linked securities and private financings. In addition, he advises on general corporate matters, such as corporate governance and board issues, compliance and disclosure matters, and periodic reporting.

Mr. Friedmann is consistently recognized for his work in capital markets: debt and equity offerings and has been recommended for his work in investment fund formation and management: alternative/hedge funds by The Legal 500 (U.S.). He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Securities/Capital Markets Law.

  • Audax Credit BDC, Inc., a business development company, on its organization and initial private placement of common stock.
  • Eagle Point Capital Company Inc., a closed-end fund, on its organization and initial public offering of common stock and multiple follow-on offerings of debt securities and preferred and common stock.
  • Golub Capital BDC, Inc., a business development company and an affiliate of Golub Capital, on its organization and US$110 million initial public offering of common stock and listing on the Nasdaq Global Stock Market, several subsequent follow-on offerings of common stock, applications for exemptive relief, joint ventures and other initiatives.
  • PennantPark Investment Corporation and PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd., each business development companies, on their respective initial public offerings of common stock and listings on the Nasdaq Global Market, numerous follow-on offerings of common stock, financings, exemptive relief applications, portfolio investments and an offering of senior notes.
  • WhiteHorse Finance, Inc., a business development company and an affiliate of private equity firm H.I.G. Bayside, on its formation, incurrences of credit financing and US$100 million initial public offering of common stock, exemptive relief applications and offering of senior notes.
  • Underwriters, led by Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, William Blair & Company L.L.C. and Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, on the formation and initial public offering as well as multiple follow-on offerings of common stock by Monroe Capital Corporation, a business development company.
  • Janney Montgomery Scott, as book-running underwriter, on a US$35 million offering of preferred stock by Gladstone Capital Corporation, which represented the first preferred stock offering by a business development company.
  • Whole Foods Market, Inc., a leading natural and organic foods supermarket, in a US$425 million private placement of convertible preferred stock by an affiliate of private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.
  • Garrison Capital Inc., a business development company, on its organization and US$80 million initial public offering of common stock.
  • Union Square Hospitality Group LLC (USHG) in connection with Leonard Green & Partners’ equity investment in USHG as well as a US$20 million private placement by SSE Holdings LLC (“Shake Shack”).
  • OCI Resources LP on its master limited partnership initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • University of Virginia Darden School of Business, M.B.A., 1991
  • Harvard College, A.B., 1985, magna cum laude
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
Speaking Engagements
  • Dechert Distressed Investing Forum — New York Athletic Club, New York, NY (October 18, 2018)
  • PDI's New York Forum, New York, NY (September 25-26, 2018)

Thomas Friedmann moderates a panel titled "Threats to Existing BDC managers and Other Drivers of Opportunity in the U.S. market," which discusses: Leverage rules and impact on the market; Performance challenges; and Institutional ownership dynamics.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

  • Investment Fund Valuation: Issues, Trends, and Best Practices — Presented by Stout, New York, NY (September 18, 2018)

Thomas Friedmann participates in this panel discussion presented by Stout alongside other industry-leading experts. This interactive panel includes expert analysis and discussion of the assumptions, methods, and processes funds should use to value assets, as well as how to assess the reasonableness of a valuation.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

  • The Alternative Structures and Terms of Permanent Capital Investment Products — 19th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds, London, England (March 12, 2018)

Thomas Friedmann speaks on a panel entitled "The Alternative Structures and Terms of Permanent Capital Investment Products". This workshop focuses on those investment vehicles, their investment objectives and strategies, the trading of their shares, and their potential strengths and weaknesses from an investor standpoint. The workshop also considers the interplay of regulatory provisions imposed by the various jurisdictions whose laws are applicable to the vehicles.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

  • 2nd Annual LPGP Private Debt Chicago — Presented by LPGP Connect, Chicago, IL (September 19, 2017)

Please visit the LPGP Connect website for further information

  • 3rd Annual LPGP Connect Private Debt New York — Presented by LPGP Connect, New York (May 16, 2017)

This conference brings together private credit investors and managers to discuss the latest trends in the market and the latest challenges and opportunities facing investors and managers.

  • Capital Structure Forum 2016 — PEI Private Debt Conference, London (October 18-19, 2016)

Thomas Friedmann discusses the evolution of private lending and evaluate fund offerings in Europe and beyond.

Please visit the PEI Private Debt Investor website for further information and to book your place.

  • Private Debt Market Outlook — LPGP Connect Private Debt Chicago, Chicago, IL (September 20, 2016)

This conference discusses the topics of: Where are the new opportunities within private debt? What are the latest developments in the market? Due to the increased interest in private debt, how has investor profiles changed? Who are the key players? Banks, debt funds or credit funds? What is the future global outlook for the asset class?

For more information, please visit the conference website.

  • Trends in Business Development Companies — RSM US LLP, Nasdaq and the Small Business Investor Alliance, New York, NY (June 20, 2016)

For more information and for video recordings from conference’s panel discussions, please visit the event website.

  • 2015 Wells Fargo Securities Middle Market Leadership Forum, New York, NY (November 17, 2015)
  • Trends in Business Development Companies — Hosted by McGladrey LLP, Nasdaq and the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), New York, NY (June 9, 2015)
  • Trends in Business Development Companies — Presented by McGladrey, NASDAQ OMX and the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), New York, NY (June 10, 2014)

Discussion topics include: Regulatory update: SEC Division of Investment Management; Marketplace trends: Russell index and the downward pressure on stock prices; Board of directors: corporate governance and oversight; and Hot topics: developments in exemptive relief, investment and portfolio companies trends, and scrutiny on valuations and related party expenses.

  • Trends in Business Development Companies (BDCs) — Presented by McGladrey and NASDAQ, New York, NY (June 11, 2013)

Discussions include insight from leading experts in the BDC space, including: Current marketplace for equity and debt offerings; How to differentiate in today’s lending environment; Hot topics: Valuation enforcement, capital raising, derivatives and other financing structures; and  Challenges and best practices.

  • Listed vs. Non-Listed BDCs — Hot Topics and Trends in Business Development Companies presented by NASDAQ, McGladrey and the Small Business Investment Alliance, New York, NY (January 25, 2012)
  • From Wall Street to Washington: What is Happening?! — The Corporate Law Association, Washington, DC (October 22, 2008)
  • Financial Vehicles: What's Hot, What's Not — Convergence 2008 -- M&A Summit in the Hamptons, Southampton, NY (June 16, 2008)
  • Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, “SPACs” - Everything You and Your Clients Need to Know About SPACs — The District of Columbia Bar's Off-the-Record Luncheon Program, Washington, DC (February 28, 2008)
  • Beyond the Headlines: Determining the Costs and Benefits of Registering Your Fund in Today's Regulatory Climate, and the Effect of IPOs on Every Firm in the Market — IRR's Private Equity Fund Formation & Management Conference, Boston, MA (November 30, 2007)

More Information

  • How Much is Enough? U.S. Securities Regulation in the Face of Global Capital Markets — The American Branch of the International Law Association's International Law Weekend 2006, New York, NY (October 27, 2006)