Seth A. Levine (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Seth A. Levine (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Seth A. Levine

Licensed for 15 years

Practice Area: Business & Commercial Transactions, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy: Oil & Gas 3 more areas of practice + 3 more

Partner at firm Jones Walker LLP

Seth A. Levine

Serving New Orleans, LA view address

Partner at firm Jones Walker LLP

Serving New Orleans, LA view address

About Seth A. Levine

Seth Levine is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and practices from the firm's New Orleans office. His practice involves a wide range of commercial transactions, including financing transactions, real estate, foreclosures, and bankruptcy.

Mr. Levine has experience handling complex acquisitions, property sales, commercial leasing, real estate development, and refinancing transactions. Mr. Levine also advises clients on business formation, corporate structuring and governance, new business ventures, and the acquisition and divestiture of privately held companies and their assets.

In addition, Mr. Levine has represented clients before state and federal courts in matters...

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Seth Levine is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and practices from the firm's New Orleans office. His practice involves a wide range of commercial transactions, including financing transactions, real estate, foreclosures, and bankruptcy.

Mr. Levine has experience handling complex acquisitions, property sales, commercial leasing, real estate development, and refinancing transactions. Mr. Levine also advises clients on business formation, corporate structuring and governance, new business ventures, and the acquisition and divestiture of privately held companies and their assets.

In addition, Mr. Levine has represented clients before state and federal courts in matters involving bankruptcy, foreclosures, and landlord-tenant disputes.

Representative Matters

Corporate, Real Estate & Finance

•Served as lead counsel to a 501(c)(3) federally-qualified health center in connection with the development of the health center using state grant programs, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds, and the New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) program.
•Served as lead counsel to senior lender in connection with $40-million structured financing for construction/operation of vertical condominium parking garage and commercial retail development utilizing the NMTC program, municipal bond financing, and multiple CDE lenders.
•Served as local counsel to borrower in connection with the $350-million financing/acquisition of an international food service/processing corporation.
•Served as local counsel to borrower in connection with the $35-million refinancing of a national gas station/food mart retailer.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with the $50-million acquisition by international commercial aviation company of fixed-wing and rotor wing aircraft operations and subsequent sale of rotor wing assets; was responsible for all aspects of real estate in connection with the acquisition and subsequent sale, including title, survey, asset purchase agreement negotiation with respect to real property assets (fee and leasehold), municipal lease review, assignment and consents of leaseholds and drafting hangar leases/subleases, fuel purchase agreements, and facility services agreements with affiliates.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with the $40-million acquisition by a national hospital corporation of multiple hospital facilities and medical office buildings; was responsible for all aspects of real property for acquisition of assets, including title, survey, asset purchase agreement negotiation with respect to real property assets, and medical office building lease review.
•Served as counsel in connection with the representation of a national commercial real estate developer in connection with the acquisition, development and sale of multiple shopping centers in Louisiana having transaction values in excess of $30 million; was responsible for all aspects of transactions, including negotiation of loan documents, negotiation of ground leases, out parcel sales and development, landlord-tenant disputes, title and survey issues, and negotiation of purchase and sale agreements.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with a $1-billion acquisition of timber in multiple states, responsible for due diligence in connection with all real property and timber assets in Louisiana.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with multiple refinancings and financing of multi-family residential units in Louisiana for national real estate developer/manager, having total transaction values in excess of $40 million.
•Served as counsel in connection with commercial leases of a rental car facility by national car rental corporation in order to serve the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
•Served as counsel in connection with a commercial restaurant lease for a local restaurateur for space located in a national casino.
•Served as counsel in connection with an office tower lease for an oil company.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with multiple multi-million-dollar vessel financing and vessel construction contracts for a national lender.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with multi-million-dollar workout and refinancing of two nursing homes in Louisiana.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with the $70-million refinancing of a shopping center in Shreveport, Louisiana.
•Served as counsel in connection with organizational formation/corporate governance of numerous restaurant service companies in New Orleans.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with corporate formation and corporate governance pertaining to existing entities and single-purpose entities in the energy and investment services sectors for a multi-million-dollar oil and gas services company and energy investment corporation.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with the $7.3-million municipal finance transaction to acquire and construct corporate headquarters and distribution center for the largest tie manufacturer/men's accessory corporation in the world.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with the multi-million-dollar refinancing of four mini-storage facilities; performed all due diligence, corporate formation, and authority documents for multi-layered borrowing entities.
•Served as lead counsel representing borrower in connection with the $6.9-million refinancing of a New Orleans hotel.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with the $55-million bond financing transaction to construct United States Navy housing facilities in Louisiana; was responsible for all title and survey review and corporate formation/authority documents.

Energy

•Serve as Louisiana counsel to lenders financing the development and construction of $9 billion 3 train LNG facility adjacent to the borrower's current NGL facility, including review and analysis of 19 real estate tracts comprising the proposed site, addressing matters such as title, title insurance and endorsements, survey, zoning, water rights, mineral title matters and mechanic's lien issues; review and analysis of lease and servitude agreements, EPC contract provisions, legal opinion matters, terminal agreements, term sheet and related security/collateral documents; preparation of comprehensive diligence memoranda for commercial bank participant review; Louisiana environmental and regulatory review; state and local tax matters analysis; coast guard and maritime issue review; and preparation of Louisiana security documents.
•Served as lead project development and finance counsel in connection with construction and private equity financing of $900 million offshore floating production platform and gas and oil export pipelines involving multiple offshore lease prospects and working interest owners. This representation included negotiation and drafting of production handling agreements; oil and gas transportation agreements; facilities agreement; connection agreement; platform and export pipeline operating agreements; defense and indemnity agreements; BOEM memorandum in connection with dedication of production, review, and drafting of unit operating agreements and unit operating agreement amendment; and override agreements on behalf of prospect operator/working interest owner of six different prospects jointly held by a collective eight working interest partners. This representation also included negotiation of initial financial structure, including drafting and negotiation of limited liability company operating agreements, with private equity firm and other working interest owner/equity participants and subsequent refinancing, including negotiation of credit agreement and all ancillary financing documents.
•Served as Louisiana counsel to energy company in connection with potential expansion of existing LNG terminal and liquefaction plant, including real estate procurement and site location advices, preparation of long term option and lease, analysis of environmental site issues, buffer zone and other site conditions and analysis of existing ground lease structure involving multiple site leases and lease consolidation matters.
•Served as co-counsel for natural gas pipeline company in connection with the construction, development and permitting of a $1 billion dollar natural gas pipeline expansion providing advices with respect to negotiation of, and closing on, fee and servitude acquisitions in connection with related pipelines, interconnect facilities, metering and compressor sites, review of title matters, permitting and governmental relations.
•Served as co-counsel for natural gas storage company in connection with financing, construction, development and permitting of a $250 million salt cavern natural gas storage facility providing advices with respect to $120 million dollar credit facility and related financing documents, negotiation of and closing on fee, leasehold, options and servitude acquisitions in connection with related pipelines, pipeline facilities, storage caverns, salt water disposal wells and leaching facilities, review of all title matters, assistance with permitting obtaining water rights and addressing related issues, and assistance with governmental relations and expropriation/condemnation proceedings for pipeline right-of-way.
•Served as co-counsel to numerous oil and gas companies in connection with title review, title opinions and title policies with respect to the development of the Haynesville Shale, including exploration and productions activities, pipelines and transportation assets and storage assets.
•Served as co-counsel to investment partnership holding land interests in connection with mineral leases and internal partnership governance matters.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with the $80 million financing of an undivided quarter interest in an offshore oil and gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico for international oil and gas operations; responsible for the negotiation of all security and collateral documents for compliance with Louisiana law and for opinion letter.

Bankruptcy & Foreclosure

•Served as co-counsel in connection with foreclosures of residential apartment complexes, shopping centers, and commercial buildings in federal court and state court for national institutional lenders and national insurance companies.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with a commercial fishing vessel foreclosure for a national banking association.
•Served as counsel in connection with foreclosure of various movable property, including vehicles and equipment, in federal court.
•Assisted in the representation of national oil companies as creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, including preference actions, set-offs, assumption/rejection of executory contracts, administrative claims, proof of claims, and automatic stay issues involving multi-million-dollar disputes. Also performed bankruptcy analysis for telecommunications company in connection with acquisition of tower sites nationwide.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with the representation of a foreign secured lender in the amount of $100 million in a bankruptcy proceeding involving a national offshore oil and gas services company.
•Served as co-counsel in connection with the representation of an airport in all airline bankruptcies; was responsible for monitoring all proceedings and preserving all claims of the airport.
•Served as counsel in connection with the representation of a national insurance company in a preference action.
•Served as counsel for a national equipment finance company as creditor in multiple related bankruptcies.
•Served as lead counsel representing a national real estate entity as landlord in connection with tenant disputes for numerous tenants of shopping centers located in Louisiana, including evictions and collection of past-due rent.
•Served as co-counsel representing a plaintiff condominium owner in connection with a lawsuit against seller, condominium association, real estate agent, inspection service, and insurance companies for hidden defects.

News

•Jones Walker LLP Attorneys in Louisiana Recognized in the 2016 Super Lawyers List
American Lawyer's 2015 Global Legal Awards recognizes Jones Walker LLP as team member in Global Finance Deal of the Year
•Fifty-Two Jones Walker Attorneys Named Louisiana Super Lawyers
•Fifty-One Jones Walker Attorneys Named Louisiana Super Lawyers
•Jones Walker Announces New Partners, Office Heads, and Board of Directors Members
•Fifty-Six Jones Walker Attorneys Named to Louisiana Super Lawyers 2012

Presentations

• The Foreclosure Process In Louisiana, December 15, 2009
• Significant Tax Planning Opportunities Afforded by KETRA and GOZone Tax Legislation, March 16, 2006

Publications

• The Foreclosure Process In Louisiana
NBI Seminar, December 15, 2009
• Significant Tax Planning Opportunities Afforded by KETRA and GOZone Tax Legislation
New Orleans Real Estate Investors Association (NOREIA) March 16, 2006
• Lease Negotiation Handbook: Chapter V - Term
International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate (AECRE), a joint publication of ALI-ABA and AECRE, August 19, 2003
• On the Road to Recovery: How Tort Litigation Has Impacted the Development and Financing of Senior Housing Facilities
American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Annual Meeting, August 2003
• Problem Loan Seminar: Chapter IV - Louisiana Foreclosure
Sterling Education Services, January 21, 2003
• Advanced Real Estate Law in Louisiana: I - Title and Survey Review
National Business Institute, December 5, 2002
• Commercial and Residential Lease Enforcement and Evictions in Louisiana: How to Do Them Right - Section I, Drafting and Execution: How to Protect the Landlord and Section VII, Ethical and Professional Considerations
Sterling Education Services, September 5, 2002

Noteworthy

•Named a Rising Star in the area of Real Estate in the 2016 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers (listed annually since 2012)

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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      Position
      Partner
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 2001, Louisiana
      Law School Attended
      Tulane University
      Class of 2001
      J.D.
      cum laude
      University Attended
      New York University
      Class of 1998
      B.S.
      Finance
      Associations & Memberships

      Memberships

      •Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association (Past President and Current Board Member)
      •Jewish Federation of New Orleans (Board Member)
      •Xavier University, Division of Business Advisory Council Member
      •Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Louisiana
      •Louisiana State Bar Association

      Areas of Law

      • Business & Commercial Transactions
      • Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
      • Energy: Oil & Gas
      • Energy: Transactional
      • Entertainment Law
      • Real Estate: Land Use, Development & Finance