About Scott E. Lyons

Recognized as a leading lawyer for commercial lending by The Legal 500 US and by Chambers USA, Scott Lyons represents finance companies, banks and other lenders who provide debt financing to support private equity-led leveraged buyouts of middle-market companies. With deep experience in the health care and tech industries, Scott's understanding of market terms and ability to execute quickly help his clients meet the intense time demands of their customers, win their next deal and strengthen their ongoing business relationships.

Knowledgeable, experienced support for debt finance deals

With his years of experience in this space and his representation of market leaders, Scott can quickly and efficiently negotiate commitment papers and credit agreements drafted by private equity sponsors and their counsel. Scott's practice covers a broad range of deal sizes, from single bank financings for family-owned companies to broadly syndicated credit facilities for upper-middle-market and large-cap equity sponsors. Scott represents senior secured, first lien, second lien, first out, last out and mezzanine lenders, agent banks, BDCs, SBIC lenders, borrowers and private equity sponsors in a range of commercial finance deals. His experience crosses a range of industries, including media and technology, software, health care, specialty finance, restaurant and franchise, and manufacturing.

Scott, who is a member of Katten's Board of Directors, advises on leveraged buyout transactions; cash flow and asset-based transactions; unitranche, first-out-last-out and one-stop financings; cross-border financings; specialty financings; health care financings; franchise financings; restructurings and distressed financings, including debtor-in-possession and exit financings.

Scott's institutional clients include Antares Capital; Varagon Capital Partners; Capital One National Association; Pelham S2K Partners; Victory Park Capital and First American Bank.

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"He provides nuanced counsel on complex transactions and is client-oriented and efficient."

Chambers USA 2023
(Illinois, Banking & Finance) survey response)

Practice Focus

  • Commercial debt finance transactions
  • Private equity-led leveraged buyouts
  • Restructurings and distressed debt