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Cathy E. Chessin

Of Counsel
1980 Post Oak Blvd.
Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77056

713.333.5561 (direct line)
713.333.5501 (fax)
cchessin@gordonarata.com

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Education
Tulane University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1980
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1977
Bar Admissions
Louisiana (1982)
Texas (2007)
Practice Areas

Cathy Chessin’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate and business transactions. She handles acquisitions and divestitures, including stock and asset sales, for both public and private companies in a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, banking and others. She advises officers and directors on corporate governance matters, advises clients on matters involving restructuring and establishing appropriate entities for new businesses, drafts contracts of various types, and provides third-party legal opinions in a wide array of transactions. She also represents borrowers and lenders in corporate finance transactions. Cathy has handled numerous bank holding company reorganizations, advised banks and bank holding companies on regulatory matters, represented clients issuing equity or debt in private offerings, and advised on various employment and executive compensation matters, including employment, non-compete and severance agreements and implementation of incentive compensation plans.

Cathy was a member of Gordon Arata’s New Orleans office from 1981 - 2000, and rejoined the Firm’s Houston office in 2006 after serving five years as the Manager of the Corporate Law Department and as the Corporate Secretary of Hibernia Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed public company, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hibernia National Bank (now, Capital One, N.A.). In that capacity, she was responsible for preparing and filing SEC filings (including its proxy statements, periodic reports and registration statements), as well as the reports of beneficial ownership required to be filed by certain officers and directors. Additionally, she was responsible for the implementation of new processes to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and new corporate governance and disclosure rules. She assisted in establishing the agendas for the Board and Board Committees and kept the minutes for each. While at Hibernia, Cathy was involved in both the largest bank acquisition made by Hibernia in its history and the acquisition of Hibernia by Capital One Financial Corporation. Among other matters, she helped draft new change of control agreements and the exchange of the-then existing agreements for the new agreements, the amendment of various executive compensation arrangements to comply with new Internal Revenue Code section 409A and the amendment of the company’s long-term incentive compensation plans and the interests issued pursuant thereto. She negotiated and drafted numerous severance and employment agreements and participated in the purchase and sale of several businesses and interests in businesses.

Cathy earned her J.D. summa cum laude from Tulane Law School in 1980 where she served as Managing Editor of Tulane Law Review  and received the Faculty Medal and Dean’s Medal for graduating first in her class and with the highest grade point average. Following graduation she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as law clerk for the Honorable Sam D. Johnson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. At Judge Johnson’s request, Cathy had the great honor of interviewing him for the Fifth Circuit Library’s videotaped oral history of Senior Judges of the Court. 

Representative Matters:

  • Represented buyer in purchase of $101 million chemical plant (2011)
  • Represented borrower in $145 million credit facility (2011)
  • Represented borrower in refinance of $300 million credit facility (2011)
  • Represented community bank holding company in merger (valued at approximately $140 million) with regional bank holding company (2011)
  • Represented seller in sale of a national franchise hotel for $10.5 million (2011)
  • Represented seller in $29 million sale of assets of utilities services company (2010)
  • Represented borrower in $180 million credit facility (2010)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bankers Association

Honors:

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation - Fellow





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