Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Moment with Columbus Attorney Laura Hult

Laura joined Dickinson Wright’s Columbus office last year. “I knew a place like Dickinson Wright with a lot of Wolverines and Canadians was the place for me,” says Laura. “It was kismet.”

Laura handles matters for clients at all levels of the capital structure. She regularly represents senior lenders, mezzanine lenders, institutional investors and subordinated debt funds in all aspects of complex financial transactions, including alternative investments, financings of management buyouts, tender offers and other leveraged acquisitions; bridge financings; financings for growth capital; recapitalizations; workouts; and portfolio purchases and sales.

“The best thing about my job is my relationships with my clients,” says Laura. “They are incredibly smart and kind and they are wonderful advocates and sponsors. I like developing that client relationship over time and it feels very two-way, where you have an incredible amount of trust and respect for one another.  We root for each other – it is incredibly rewarding to see careers and companies achieve their goals and knowing you were a part of the team. ”

One of her favorite transactions so far at Dickinson Wright has to do with a success story using Dickinson Wright’s cross-border platform. When one of Laura’s clients made a debt and equity investment in a US company acquiring a Canadian company, Laura contacted Dickinson Wright’s US/Canada resource Dan Ujczo.  He immediately put her in touch with the firm’s Toronto “crash team” and they gave smart and practical guidance on structuring and diligence issues. “It was an immediate value-add for not only my clients but also the other lenders and investors in the deal,” says Laura.

In terms of what is on the horizon for banks and other lenders, Laura says that banks are facing a lot of competition and having a hard time getting highly leveraged deals approved. In Laura’s opinion, it is a great time to borrow money and/or the best time to sell your business if you are interested. She also encourages companies to bank with partners that can support them in their growth since pricing among the regional and larger banks remains so competitive. 

When Laura is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and practicing yoga. She is the current chair of the newly launched emerging leaders platform for the Association for Corporate Growth in central Ohio.  She is involved and spends a lot of her time working with organizations to develop and advance women leaders.  She is also a mentor to Stephanie Green, an associate attorney in the firm’s Columbus office.

To read more about Laura’s practice, please click here.