M. Shams Billah is a member of the firm's Finance practice. He advises financial institutions, corporate clients ranging from startups to publicly traded Fortune 500 companies, private equity sponsors and venture capital firms on a broad range of corporate financing transactions, including secured and unsecured term loan and revolving credit facilities, asset-based and cash flow lending, project finance, energy-related finance, Islamic finance, acquisition finance, debt restructuring and workouts, debtor-in-possession financings, Rule 144A debt offerings and other capital markets offerings.
Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Shams was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in the Corporate & Finance group and the Financial Institutions group.
Recognized as part of the Law360 Project Finance Group of the Year 2014
Counsel for a transaction that was awarded Americas Deal of the Year 2015 by Project Finance International and North American LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Deal of the Year 2015 by IJGlobal
Counsel for a transaction that was awarded Project Finance Deal of the Year 2014 (Americas) by International Financial Law Review US; Deal of the Year 2014 (Americas) by Trade Finance; Global Project Finance Deal of the Year 2014 by The American Lawyer; and highly commended Innovation in Finance Law 2014 by Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers
Counsel for a transaction that was awarded Middle East Industrial Deal of the Year 2013 by Project Finance International, and Middle East Mining & Metals Deal of the Year 2013 by Project Finance
Counsel for a transaction that was awarded Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2012 by Project Finance International; Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2012 by Project Finance; Standout Energy Deal by Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers; and Best Project Finance Deal by Finance Asia
"Arab Money: Why Isn't the United States Getting Any?" University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 32 (2011): 1055
Representation of AMC Networks Inc. as underwriters' counsel in connection with AMC's $800 million senior notes offering and represented the joint lead arrangers, administrative agent and collateral agent in connection with AMC's $1.25 billion senior secured credit facility
Representation of Wafra Capital Partners Inc. in a $75 million Sharia-compliant sale-leaseback facility for a subsidiary of Triple Point Capital, a global financing provider serving venture capital-backed companies
Representation of a subsidiary of Anchor Loans LP, a direct private money lender to the real estate industry, in a $50 million revolving credit facility with Irish company US Direct Loans as lender and U.S. Bank National Association as arranger
Representation of The Madison Square Garden Company in connection with its $181 million acquisition of a majority stake in nightclub operator Tao Group
Representation of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. as administrative agent and arranger, and MUFG Union Bank as depository bank in two back-to-back $125 million term loan facilities in connection with the acquisition of the San Juan Coal Company and San Juan Transportation Company by Westmoreland San Juan Holdings Inc.
Representation of MUFG Union Bank NA as administrative agent, lead arranger and lender in a senior unsecured syndicated $250 million credit facility for Tucson Electric Power Co.
Representation of Brightwood Capital Advisors in connection with various acquisition financing transactions
Representation of Cheniere Corpus Christi Holdings LLC in connection with the $15 billion project financing of its liquefied natural gas export facility located in Texas
Representation of Cameron LNG LLC in connection with the $10 billion project financing of its liquefied natural gas export facility located in Louisiana, and accompanying letter of credit facility
Representation of Australia Pacific LNG in connection with the $8.5 billion project financing of its liquefied natural gas export facility located in Australia
Representation of Emirates Aluminium in connection with the $4 billion project financing of its Phase II aluminum smelter located in United Arab Emirates (included a $475 million Islamic finance tranche)
Representation of Chrysler in connection with its term loan and revolver credit facilities, and its $3.2 billion high-yield debt exchange offer of senior secured notes
Representation of Eastman Kodak Co. with respect to its initial $950 million debtor-in-possession term loan and revolver credit facility in connection with its bankruptcy filing
Representation of Cytec Industries Inc. in connection with its $250 million senior notes offering and the accompanying tender offer
Representation of Citigroup and JPMorgan as underwriters in connection with the $700 million common stock equity offering for Newmont Mining Corp.