Jeffrey D. Hassell
Jeff has practiced law at GableGotwals since 1987 except for nearly three years as outside and in-house general counsel of The F&M Bank & Trust Company.
Jeff’s clients consist primarily of various businesses, financial institutions, and individual and corporate trustees, all in business and commercial matters such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, commercial finance, project development, project finance, loan workouts, entity structure, business reorganizations, commercial contracts, executive compensation and shareholder relations.
Jeff’s practice includes legal consultation to large and small companies on transactions of all types, and to banks on lending, bank regulatory and compliance matters, governance, and bank policy development. He also represents parties to commercial loan documentation and workouts, purchase and sale transactions involving both real and personal property, formation of joint ventures, loan enforcement and foreclosures. Also, various businesses look to Jeff for general counsel-type services, such as business planning and company structure advice, and individuals, corporate trustees, and foundations consult with Jeff on many types of matters.
Jeff is currently chair-elect of the Oklahoma Bar Association Business and Corporate Law section. He has won many honors, including being named as one of The Best Lawyers in America in banking and finance, corporate law, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights. Jeff is a member of the American Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, and Tulsa County Bar Association. He has also been very involved in a variety of community organizations – he is past president of the Rotary Club of Tulsa, currently president of the Committee of One Hundred – Tulsa and a board member for Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.
Jeff’s recent experience includes representation of:
- A midstream oil and gas company in a $1.4 billion transaction involving ownership interests in a crude oil pipeline joint venture.
- A midstream company in the $195 million purchase of an interest in a gas pipeline joint venture.
- A multi-state telecommunications company in a recapitalization involving a new private equity shareholder.
- A lender in a $400 million working capital facility.
- A lender in a construction loan for a sports and recreation facility.
- Developer of a downtown parking garage.
- A midstream company in the formation of a joint venture for a marine terminal at the Houston ship channel.
- A professional athlete in matters involving various business and charitable interests.
- Midstream companies in the formation and restructure of joint ventures for a Texas crude oil pipeline and a Wisconsin gas pipeline.
- A tenant in regard to the lease of over 100,000 square feet of office space and a parking garage.
- A landlord in regard to a ground lease for a new retail shopping center.
- A healthcare organization in its credit facility and the transfer of its assets to a local hospital.
- A lender to a company engaged in the purchase, sale and blending of gasoline.
- A consulting firm in the development of its professional services agreement.
- A company in the sale-leaseback of its medical facility.
- A lender in a construction loan for a multi-family facility.
- An E&P company in the purchase and sale of oil and gas interests.
- A Type III supporting organization as to all its legal matters, including board compensation, required distributions and charitable giving matters.
- A lender that provided a revolving and term loan facility to a set of affiliated insurance, HMO and healthcare-related companies.
- A lender in the workout of a $15 million revolving and term loan facility to a company whose primary assets are drilling rigs and related equipment.
- The lender that financed the refurbishment of hotels in Tulsa and in San Antonio, Texas, in transactions involving federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
- An oil and gas company borrower in the negotiation and closing of a $100 million credit facility secured by oil and gas properties in other states.
- A client in the purchase of the assets comprising a significant part of a fractionation facility in Kansas, along with related equipment. The purchase price was $84 million.
- The lender to a tribal-related entity in the negotiation and documentation of a loan used to pay off existing debt.
- A group of companies that sold their wholesale lumber operation, with locations in several states.
- The lender to a wholesale nursery that purchased nursery facilities in four states from a bankrupt seller.