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Technology Financing Named Among Top Private Debt Deals

November 14, 2022
Private Debt Investor spotlights Eventbrite financing with Francisco Partners among Top 10 market-defining deals of recent years.

Latham & Watkins’ advice to Eventbrite, Inc. in a groundbreaking, tailored financing package with leading investment firm Francisco Partners has been profiled as one of the Top 10 transactions defining private debt.

In May 2020, Eventbrite, a global self-service ticketing and experience technology platform serving a community of nearly one million creators, needed capital as the Covid-19 pandemic leveled the live event industry. Against one of the most dramatic backdrops in living memory – the pandemic – Francisco Partners provided US$225 million senior secured term loan facility and purchased 2.5% of outstanding common stock of Eventbrite.

“The financing from Francisco Partners was significant in that it allowed Eventbrite the flexibility to manage through the various challenges imposed by Covid-19, and directly contributed to Eventbrite’s plan for long-term growth and the return of in-person events around the world,” noted Private Debt Investor.

Aspects of the transaction included converting Eventbrite’s prior credit agreement of a syndicated cashflow revolver and term loans with floating rate, cash pay interest mechanic to a credit agreement containing an initial loan facility, a delayed-draw term loan facility, call protection, fixed-rate cash pay interest and paid-in-kind with bespoke maintenance covenants and various changes to negative covenants, together with revised equity terms.

The Latham & Watkins financing team advising Eventbrite was led by Bay Area partner Haim Zaltzman, Washington, D.C. partner Benjamin Berman, Bay Area/Los Angeles partner Elizabeth Oh, and Bay Area partner Kathleen Wells, among others.