Thomas W. Baxter

Of Counsel

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Tom Baxter represents banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, institutional investors and companies in financing transactions. He has served as counsel for holders of senior and subordinated debt, issuers and companies in connection with numerous secured and unsecured leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, debt restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings, CLOs, market-linked CDs, guaranteed investment contract backed notes, and other securitizations and structured financings. Tom has represented financial institutions issuing or receiving letters of credit to support financings and also handled acquisitions and sales of banking and financial assets. His experience includes work on behalf of major banks, insurance companies, and other lenders as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Well-regarded within the corporate finance world, Tom has been recognized by Chambers USA and IFLR, earning the distinction as a Leading Lawyer for banking and capital markets: debt in IFLR’s 2015 Top 1000 Rankings.

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked by Chambers USA for Banking and Finance (2019 - 2022)
  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer by IFLR1000 in Banking and Capital Markets - Debt (2015 - 2017); Highly Regarded in Banking & Finance, Capital markets - Debt (2018 - 2021), and Industry Sector: Banking (2019 - 2021)


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York


  • Hastings College of The Law, J.D., 1983: magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • The Colorado College, B.A., History, 1977

Professional Activities


  • Financial Lawyers Conference

Board Member

  • Lamp Community

Board of Trustees

  • Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School, Pasadena, California

Former Board Member

  • SunAmerica National Life Insurance Company
  • First SunAmerica Life Insurance Company
  • The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center
  • Represented American AgCredit, in connection with a US$850 million note financing for Crown Pine.
  • Represented American Capital, Ltd. in numerous senior and mezzanine financings, including Avalon, Axygen, BBB Industries, Euro Pro, Dynojet, Edge Products, Fleishmans, Fountainhead, Halex, Home Away, LCW, Paradigm, Pacific Handy Cutter, Sixnet, UFG, Value Plastics and Zencom.
  • Represented AIG and SunAmerica in numerous mezzanine and other financings, including in connection with the issuance of over US$50 billion of guarantied investment contract backed notes, including equity-linked notes and similar investments.
  • Represented a major financial institution in connection with various credit facilities, including a US$500 million senior secured facility for Flowserve Corporation, a US$750 million asset based facility for Levi Strauss, US$2.3 billion credit facilities for Safeway Stores, and a US$350 million credit facility for Remy International.
  • Represented Bank of the West in connection with its market-linked CD program.