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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Mary L. Santanello

Mary L. Santanello

Senior Attorney


  • Banking and Finance
  • Lending Services

WSG Practice Industries



Mary’s practice focuses on leveraged cash-flow and asset-based credit facilities, loan restructurings and workouts, and specialty finance transactions.

Mary advises banks and other financial institutions, corporate borrowers, and private equity sponsors in a range of complex domestic and cross-border corporate finance transactions. She has significant experience with acquisition financings and deals involving complicated capital structures, and has worked on transactions in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, energy, franchising, media and communications, healthcare and gaming.

Prior to joining the firm, Mary practiced for more than a decade at Milbank LLP in New York, King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, and a mid-sized boutique in Atlanta. She also served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer before attending law school.

Relevant Experience

  • Represented direct lending division of asset manager as administrative agent in connection with senior secured term loan financing for a middle-market kitchen equipment supplier, including negotiation of an intercreditor agreement with asset-based revolving lenders and an agreement among lenders.
  • Represented middle-market lending group of asset manager in obtaining lender-finance facility from a commercial bank, structured through a bankruptcy-remote special-purpose entity.
  • Represented commercial finance company as administrative agent in providing debtor-in-possession financing to support a Section 363 sale in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a restaurant operator.
  • Represented bank as lead arranger and administrative agent in providing senior secured revolving credit facility in connection with acquisition of specialty foam manufacturer by private equity fund and concurrent issuance of senior secured notes.
  • Represented bank as administrative agent for carpet manufacturer’s asset-based lending facility and eventual Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, including entering into debtor-in-possession financing and a Section 363 sale to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented bank as lead arranger and administrative agent in providing asset-based credit facility for publicly-traded pharmacy retailer.
  • Represented sponsor finance group of financial institution in connection with numerous middle-market syndicated “club” and unitranche financings, including first lien-second lien and senior-mezzanine structures.
  • Represented bank as lead arranger and administrative agent in various cash-flow secured financings for master limited partnership and other midstream energy companies.
  • Represented alternative asset manager and its investment fund affiliates in providing senior secured term loan facilities in connection with several split-collateral unitranche financings.
  • Represented private equity fund and its portfolio companies in connection with multiple acquisition and dividend recapitalization financings.
  • Represented bank as arranger and underwriter in various “whole-business” securitizations in the franchise sector.
  • Represented investment banks in structuring various collateralized corporate debt obligations, including the Total Securitization “CDO Deal of the Year” for 2007.
  • Represented a large syndicate of lenders in casino company’s Chapter 11 restructuring of more than $1 billion of debt, from pre-petition negotiations through plan confirmation and consummation.


BA, Saint Louis University, Political Science, summa cum laude, 2001
Areas of Practice

Banking and Finance | Lending Services

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