Yair Y. Galil is Of Counsel in the New York office of Gibson Dunn, where he is a member of the Firm's Global Finance Practice Group. He has represented a variety of clients – including sponsors, issuers, financial institutions and investment funds – in complex financing transactions. The business contexts for these transactions have ranged from ordinary-course credit increases and refinancings to pivotal credit such as acquisition financings and debtor-in-possession and bankruptcy exit financings, as well as special-circumstances transactions such as debt buybacks and covenant relief amendments.
Mr. Galil earned his Juris Doctor in 2004 from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and an Alexander Hamilton Fellow, and served on the editorial board of the Columbia Business Law Review. He received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 2004 and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. Before commencing his graduate studies, Mr. Galil served from 1996 to 2000 in the Israeli Defense Forces, in which he holds the rank of captain. Mr. Galil graduated from Columbia College as Salutatorian of the class of 1996, with a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Economics and Political Science, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Galil was an associate in the New York office of Jones Day.
Mr. Galil is admitted to the New York Bar. He is fluent in Hebrew.
Recent Representative Transactions Include
- MetroPCS Wireless: Representation of MetroPCS Wireless in connection with its issuance of $3.5 billion senior notes in advance of its business combination with T-Mobile, the issuance by the combined company of an additional $11.2 billion of senior notes to Deutsche Telekom, and the incurrence by the combined company of a $500 million working capital facility.
- Huntington Ingalls Industries: Representation of Huntington Ingalls Industries in connection with its $1.225 billion senior credit facilities and $1.2 billion of senior notes incurred in conjunction with its spinoff from Northrop Grumman.
- Travelport: Representation of holdco lenders in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of a $715 million loan to Travelport Holdings Limited.
- Millicom International Cellular: Representation of Millicom in connection with a $250 million term loan to fund its acquisition of Amnet.
- Esdorn & Galil, Letter of Credit Migration, Practical Law Company (July 2011)
- Cunningham & Galil, Lien Subordination and Intercreditor Agreements, 25 Review of Banking & Financial Services No. 5, at 49 (May 2009).
- Galil, MAC Clauses in a Materially Adversely Changed Economy, 2002 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 846 (2002).