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Noah Kressler

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Noah Kressler is an experienced corporate finance and transactional attorney who advises public and private companies across the country on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, securities law and governance matters.

Featured Experience

Five leading private equity funds, as selling shareholders, in the $834 million initial public offering and more than $3.1 billion in secondary offerings of common stock of a leading institutional food service provider.

The issuer and a private equity fund, as selling shareholder, in more than $500 million in secondary offerings of common stock of an owner and operator of dining and entertainment venues.

A manufacturer and distributer of diagnostic medical imaging agents in its initial public offering.

Professional Biography

Overview

Noah Kressler has a nationwide practice advising public and private companies in a wide range of business and financing transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, securities law and governance matters. He has advised clients on more than $20 billion in capital raises.

His clients include multinational corporations, middle market companies, financial institutions, private equity sponsors, investment banks and high-growth startups across numerous industries, including health care, life sciences, technology, financial services, hospitality, gaming, food services, retail, franchisors, entertainment and media.

Noah has substantial experience advising companies and investment banks in public and private offerings of equity and debt, including initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary offerings, venture capital financings, private placements, strategic investments, municipal bond offerings, acquisition financings.

He also co-chairs the Firm's Louisiana Life Sciences and Technology practice, leading a team of experienced attorneys and advisors who counsel emerging and established life sciences and technology companies on corporate, finance, venture capital, intellectual property, employment, public policy and other legal and business issues. He is recognized as one Louisiana's leading advisors to emerging companies.

Noah is vice chair of the Business Financing Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, and serves on the Firm's Diversity Committee and the New Orleans hiring committee. Since 2014, he has been an adjunct professor of law at Tulane Law School. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, he practiced in New York and London at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP for nearly a decade.

Representative Matters
  • Initial Public Offerings, Follow-on and Secondary Equity Offerings

  • Five leading private equity funds, as selling shareholders, in the $834 million initial public offering and more than $3.1 billion in secondary offerings of common stock of a leading institutional food service provider.

  • The issuer and a private equity fund, as selling shareholder, in more than $500 million in secondary offerings of common stock of an owner and operator of dining and entertainment venues.

  • A manufacturer and distributer of diagnostic medical imaging agents in its initial public offering.
  • A leading publicly-traded urgent and primary care provider in a public offering of multiple series of units consisting of common stock, warrant and convertible stock.
  • A Fortune 50 multinational insurance corporation, as selling shareholder, in a $1.4 billion secondary offering of a consumer finance company.
  • The underwriters in more than $1.5 billion in offerings of limited liability company interests by an owner, operator and investor in a diversified group of infrastructure businesses primarily in the United States, including offerings to finance its acquisition of a New Orleans-based owner and operator of bulk liquid storage terminal facilities.
  • A Fortune 500 title insurer and mortgage processor in a registered offering of more than $461 million in common stock.
  • One of Canada's largest pension investment managers and a Canadian Crown corporation, as selling shareholder, in the initial public offering of a fast casual restaurant chain.
  • Acquisition Financing, High Yield Debt and Municipal Bonds

  • Leading private equity sponsors based in the United States and Canada in their acquisition of a manufacturing equipment producer, including the issuance of $570 million in Senior Unsecured Toggle Notes (IFLR 2011 Private Equity Deal of the Year).

  • A broadcast television network and media company in the mezzanine financing for its acquisition of a cable television network.
  • The underwriters in a registered offering of $750 million in Senior Notes by a Fortune 500 telecommunications company and a related consent solicitation and tender offer.

  • A worldwide television media company in a private offering of $750 million in Senior Secured Notes and a related consent solicitation and tender offer.

  • A leading Louisiana university in an offering of approximately $85 million in public bonds.

  • A leading Louisiana hospital system in an offering of approximately $150 million in public bonds.

  • A manufacturer and distributer of diagnostic medical imaging agents in private offerings of $400 million in Senior Notes and subsequent registered exchange offers.

  • Corporate Transactions and Reorganizations

  • The leading online social networking service in its $19 billion acquisition of a cross-platform mobile messaging application.
  • Numerous emerging companies in early stage equity, debt, convertible note and SAFE investments.

  • An oil and gas exploration and production company in its reorganization.
  • A Fortune 500 title insurer and mortgage processor in its $2.9 billion acquisition of a provider of integrated technology, services, data and analytics solutions to the mortgage and real estate industries.
  • Louisiana counsel to Nevada gaming corporation in its $2.0 billion credit facility.

  • A provider of civil infrastructure solutions in its acquisition of a sewer pipeline servicing company and simultaneous acquisition by a leading private equity firm.

  • A leading global data center provider in its $26 million acquisition of a Houston-based data center.

  • Cross-Border Representations

  • A leading European seafood and frozen food producer in a private offering of £150.0 million in Sterling-denominated Senior Secured Notes and €305.0 million in Euro-denominated Senior Secured Notes.

  • A leading private equity fund as selling shareholder in the initial public offering in India of its largest digital cinema distribution network and in-cinema advertising platform.

  • A U.S.-based conglomerate in its pre-IPO investment in the largest Chinese e-commerce company.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Board of Directors –  New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA)
  • Fellow – American Bar Foundation
  • Selected as a member of the 2017 Silicon Bayou 100
  • Listed as a Louisiana Rising Star by Louisiana Super Lawyers in Securities & Corporate Finance (2018)
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" in Securities/Capital Markets Law by New Orleans Magazine (2017)
  • Member – Council for a Better Louisiana's Leadership Louisiana (2018)
  • Vice Chair – ABA Business Law Section's Business Financing Committee (2017) 
  • Host Committee – ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting (2017)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law – Tulane Law School 2014 – 2017 Intersessions, Transactional Boot Camp 
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist – "Navigating the Investment Process and Preparing for the Deal," Propeller Incubator (November 2017)
  • Moderator – "Beyond Funding: How Venture Capital Investors Add Value to Startups," Innovation Louisiana 2017, New Orleans BioInnovation Center (November 2017)
  • Moderator – "Reflections and Best Practices: A COO Roundtable," 2017 Louisiana Life Sciences and Technology Symposium (September 2017)
  • Presenter – "Corporate Structuring and Strategy," 2017 Louisiana Life Sciences and Technology Symposium (September 2017)
  • Co-chair – "2017 Louisiana Life Sciences and Technology Symposium" (September 2017)
  • Panelist – "34th Annual Review of Developments in Business Financing," ABA Business Law Section, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 2017)
  • Presenter – "Investing in Life Science Companies," Association for Corporate Growth (November 2016)
  • Presenter – "Lavender Law Conference and Finance Law Institute" (2013 – 2017)
  • Presenter – "Private Equity Exit Strategies," ACG Louisiana's 5th Annual Taste of New Orleans (November 2015)
  • Presenter – "International Capital Markets Overview - Current Capital Markets Trends," 2015 Lavender Law Finance Institute (August 2015)
  • Presenter – "Developments in Global Capital Markets," 2014 Lavender Law Finance Law Institute (2014)
  • Presenter – "U.S. Securities and International Capital Markets Roundup," 2013 Lavender Law Workshop (2013)

Education

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude
    • Judicial Extern for Hon. Ivan L. R. Lemelle, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana 
  • Vassar College, B.A.

Admissions

  • New York
  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • Southern District of New York

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