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Trends in Fund Finance in Light of COVID-19


Speaker(s): Ramya S. Tiller, Wesley Misson
Recorded on: Jul. 14, 2020
PLI Program #: 303517

Wes Misson is a partner in the firm’s Finance Group. Wes’s practice focuses on fund finance, and he has represented financial institutions as lenders and lead agents in hundreds of subscription credit facilities and other fund financings during the course of his career. His experience encompasses both subscription and hybrid facilities and includes working with fund-related borrowers on the negotiation of third-party investor documents with institutional, high net worth and sovereign wealth investors.

Wes has served as lead counsel on many of the largest and most sophisticated fund financings ever consummated, notably having assisted more than 35 banks as lead or syndicate lender during the past two years with transaction values totaling in excess of $35 billion.

Wes works extensively with financial institutions to develop form agreements for fund finance transactions and to educate bankers, internal legal counsel and credit officers on hot issues and trends affecting the fund finance market. He was recognized by Law360 in 2017 as a “Rising Star” in the area of Capital Markets, and is a frequent speaker and an accomplished author in the fund finance area.

In the community, Wes served two years as an advising board member for the young professionals group of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as a member of the board’s Wisdom Council. He is also a member of the board of the Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, a member of the Young Donor Society of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, and a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association.

Wes has a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

*Note: certain representations occurred prior to Wes’s association with Cadwalader.


Ramya S. Tiller is a corporate partner based in the New York office. Ms. Tiller is in the Finance Group, and has experience in a broad range of financing transactions, including complex acquisition and leveraged finance transactions, such as the $5.385 billion financings related to the separation by spinoff of the Herc Rentals equipment business from Hertz and the financing aspects of Discovery’s $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, fund finance transactions and other alternative capital transactions.

Ms. Tiller is ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer in Commercial Lending by The Legal 500 US (2019), where she has been described as “highly rated,” and she is recognized as a Notable Practitioner in Banking by IFLR1000 (2018). Ms. Tiller is a frequent speaker on finance-related topics for the Practicing Law Institute.

Ms. Tiller joined Debevoise in 2007. She holds a B.A. LLB (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, where she graduated third in her class in 2002. She received an LL.M. (Corporate Law) from New York University in 2005, where she was a Hauser scholar. Ms. Tiller is fluent in German.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Tiller worked for a leading Indian law firm in Mumbai, India. Between 2010 and 2012, she served as a member of the Finance group at an international law firm in Munich, Germany.