Ryan Searfoorce

Senior Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
T:+1 713 651 5382
United States
T:+1 713 651 5382
Ryan Searfoorce

Ryan Searfoorce



Ryan Searfoorce is a senior counsel in the Houston office and a member of the finance team. Ryan is active in the representation of commercial banks, finance companies, funds, other lenders and borrowers in all areas of lending, including senior and junior secured credit facilities, leveraged financings, cross-border financings, swap transactions and cross-border transactions. He also represents clients in distressed debt transactions, intercreditor matters, UCC Article 9 sales, workouts and out-of-court restructurings.

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JD, University of Virginia, 2008
BS, Economics, magna cum laude, with honors in the Arts and Sciences, Ohio State, 2005
BS, Mathematics, magna cum laude, Ohio State, 2005

  • New York State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • Lead finance counsel to a print and digital marketing company in the negotiation and amendments to its $150 million asset-based credit facility and the amendment and restatement of its $780 million term loan credit facility
  • Counsel to Berry Petroleum Corporation in its $550 million reserve-based bankruptcy exit credit facility and subsequent $1.5 billion reserve-based revolving credit facility
  • Counsel to a refiner and specialty chemicals manufacturer in its $1 billion multicurrency asset-backed revolving credit agreement with a syndicate agented by Bank of America
  • Lead finance counsel to a U.S. independent exploration and production company in $200 million of reserve-based revolving and term loan credit facilities
  • Lead finance counsel to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent in workout negotiations, debtor-in-possession financing and $131 million of bankruptcy exit financing for Falcon Global, LLC, an offshore oilfield service vessel operator
  • Finance counsel in a $225 million asset-backed revolving credit facility and a $115 million term loan facility
  • Finance counsel in $232 million of debtor-in-possession financing to Aegean Maritime Petroleum Network Inc.
  • Counsel to Motiva Enterprises on its $1.5 billion syndicated revolving credit facility agented by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • Lead finance counsel to exploration and production company operating in South American in issuance of $32 million of convertible and non-convertible secured notes and warrants
  • Counsel to E&P Company with operations in the Appalachian Basin in private placement of $550 million senior unsecured notes, repurchase of outstanding senior unsecured notes and amendment and restatement of $500 million reserve-based credit facility
  • Lead finance counsel to high-net-worth individuals in $100 million of secured loans funding several split-dollar life insurance transactions
  • Lead finance counsel to Frontera Resources Corporation and affiliates in the issuance of $25 million of senior secured notes in connection with its exit from bankruptcy
  • Counsel to petroleum refiner in leases of precious metals for use as catalyst in refining operations
  • An Asian nation's Export Import Bank in a $350 million reserve-based credit facility to finance the acquisition of oil and gas assets
  • Counsel to investment grade issuer in the establishment of a $2 billion commercial paper program
  • Counsel to various borrowers and lenders in debt transactions secured by vessels, aircraft, large vehicle fleets and works of art
  • Counsel to retail company in $890 million acquisition credit facility
  • Counsel to a Sharia-compliant structured finance fund in multiple financings for leased heavy construction equipment in Indonesia
  • New York Bar Association