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Shayla Friesen

Shayla Friesen focuses her practice in finance and restructuring, representing both borrowers and lenders in a variety of commercial financings, including working capital credit facilities, syndicated credit facilities, letters of credit, multicurrency facilities, acquisition financings, real estate and construction loans, asset-based loan transactions, and other secured and unsecured financings. Shayla assists project participants in the financing, ownership, leasing, development, and operation of energy and infrastructure projects. Her practice also includes facilitating debtor-in-possession financings, work-outs, foreclosures, and liquidations.

Shayla’s experience extends across many industries, including chemical & refining, construction, energy, financial services, telecommunications, entertainment and media, restaurants and franchises, health care, insurance, real estate, transportation, manufacturing, and technology.



  • Representation of a national banking association as leader arranger and administrative agent in an unsecured $250 million facility to a U.S. subsidiary of a multinational food manufacturing company.
  • Represented administrative agent and lead-left arranger in infrastructure financing for development and construction of gas storage facilities.°
  • Represented foreign bank and leasing affiliate in synthetic lease transactions financing the construction of new headquarters for Fortune 500 agribusiness and energy companies and other financings related to technology data centers.°
  • Represented public, diversified energy company in supply and offtake arrangement, convertible senior note and rights offerings, bridge and term loan facility with multiple private investment fund lenders, various acquisition and subsidiary financings, and restructurings.°
  • Represented lender in construction financing of 22 mile natural gas pipeline.
  • Represented real estate developer and health care provider in syndicated credit facilities.
  • Represented corporate energy services division of regional domestic bank in various financings and restructurings involving upstream and midstream oil and gas companies and downstream service companies.
  • Represented top domestic asset-based lender in term loan and revolving loan advances to various oilfield services, manufacturing, and technology companies.
  • Represented corporate trust department of a national bank in its capacity as indenture trustee, collateral agent, and cash management bank in numerous capital market transactions.
  • Represented administrative agent, swingline lender, and issuing lender in revolving credit, swingline, and letter of credit facilities and real estate term loans to finance the operation of international privately-held PVF and engineered products supplier.
  • Represented private wealth management division of international bank in collateral analysis and restructurings.
  • Represented foreign trading and investment company in revolving credit and trade credit financings.
  • Represented international bank in revolving credit and letter of credit facilities to finance the acquisition and operation of various healthcare facilities and service providers.
  • Represented publicly traded investment fund and SBIC in mezzanine lending and private equity investments in various portfolio companies.
  • Represented regional domestic bank in revolving credit and letter of credit facilities to finance the acquisition and operation of gas stations and retail convenience stores.
  • Represented borrowers and domestic and foreign banks in revolving credit and term loan facilities, multi-currency credit facilities, real estate financings, synthetic leasing, project finance, asset-based lending, aircraft and marine financings, acquisition finance, letter of credit facilities, mezzanine and second lien financings, unitranche lending, syndicated and club financings, loan workouts, restructurings, and recapitalizations.
  • Represented secured lender in bankruptcy of two high rise condominium projects.
  • Represented oil and natural gas exploration and production company in adversary regarding termination of international swaps and derivatives agreement.
  • Represented private equity group in acquisition of restaurant chain out of bankruptcy.
  • Represented hospital in post-confirmation defense of trustee’s motion to reopen.
  • Represented commercial real estate developers and various healthcare providers in 363 sales and dissolution of businesses through confirmation of chapter 11 plans.
  • Represented former officers and directors in defense of fraudulent conveyance and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
  • Represented chemical refining company in negotiation of bankruptcy settlement and non-consensual dismissal.
  • Represented commercial and residential property manager in post-bankruptcy collection, including relief from the automatic stay.
  • Represented construction company in negotiation of claims purchase in airline bankruptcy.
  • Represented bankruptcy trustees and liquidating plan agents in bankruptcy litigation and matters related to estate liquidation and administration.
  • Represented secured creditors and lenders in claims negotiation, debtor-in-possession financing and cash collateral disputes, defense of adversary proceedings, and dischargeability determinations.
  • Represented global real estate advisory firm in sale of its equity interest to a rated special servicer providing real estate debt and equity management services.
  • Represented NYSE listed oilfield services company in acquisition of private manufacturers, including a company formed under the laws of the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Represented full-service nucleic acid technology research organization in its merger with a global medical technologies and servicing company.
  • Represented public, diversified energy company in acquisition of refinery and various logistics and retail assets.
  • Represented various clients in the negotiation of asset and stock acquisitions and dispositions, buyouts, securities offerings, employment and non-competition agreements, commercial contracts, and real estate leases.
  • Represented international agents for technology and manufacturing company, restaurant joint venture, and oil and gas investors in various commercial disputes involving breach of contract, non-competition, and tortious interference matters.

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Friesen prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2019 
  • Listed, Thomson Reuters, “Texas Rising Star,” Banking, 2017-2018
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Corporate Counsel Sections, 2011-2018
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyer’s Association, 2011-2018
  • Member, Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, 2011-2013
  • Member, Women's Finance Exchange, 2015-2017
  • Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, 2013-2015
  • Member, The Honorable John C. Ford American Inn of Court, 2013-2014


  • J.D., summa cum laude, South Texas College of Law, 2009
    • Order of the Lytae
    • Member, South Texas Law Review
  • B.S.W., summa cum laude, Southwestern Adventist University, 2005
  • Hon. Judge Jeff Bohm, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2010-2011
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas