Bryce Kaufman advises arrangers, lenders, and borrowers on commercial lending transactions, including private debt and syndicated financings.

Mr. Kaufman represents and counsels financial institutions and public and private companies in complex commercial lending and financing transactions, with a focus on the energy industry and direct lenders across industries. He regularly advises on upstream, midstream, and downstream financings, as well as sponsor-backed acquisition financings and unitranche solutions.

Drawing on a considerable volume of work with both lenders and borrowers, Mr. Kaufman provides clients practical and commercial guidance.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kaufman served as a law clerk for Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas from 2011 to 2013.

Mr. Kaufman has lived in Brazil and Turkey, including through Yale University’s Fox International Fellowship, to study at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He is currently a member of the World Affairs Council of Houston.

Mr. Kaufman maintains an active pro bono practice, including helping clients seal juvenile records and assisting with trusts, wills, and end-of-life directives.

Mr. Kaufman’s experience includes advising:


  • Citibank, as left lead arranger and administrative agent, in a US$1.25 billion secured reserve-based revolving credit facility to California Resources Corporation
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia, as left lead arranger and administrative agent, in a US$1.5 billion secured reserve-based revolving and term loan exit credit facility for Gulfport Energy
  • Citibank, as left lead arranger and administrative agent, in a US$350 million secured reserve-based revolving credit facility to Vine Energy
  • A major bank, as lead arranger and administrative agent, in a US$1 billion senior secured, reserve-based revolving credit for Birch Holdco


  • Scotiabank in its US$250 million revolving credit facility for San Mateo Midstream
  • UGI Corporation in its financing with respect to the US$850 million acquisition of Columbia Midstream Group
  • A leading financial institution in the US$150 million revolving credit facility for a provider of natural gas gathering, processing, and transportation services

Other Industries

  • The administrative agent and the lenders in a US$20 million term loan facility to a renewable energy company
  • The administrative agent in the US$1.1 billion term loan and revolving credit facilities for Six Flags Entertainment
  • A large financial institution in its US$500 million revolving credit facility for a distributor of motor fuel to convenience stores and third-party customers

Direct Lending

  • HPS Investment Partners in numerous direct lending and unitranche financing transactions
  • Other direct lenders and alternative asset managers in direct lending transactions

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • New York
  • Texas


  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2011
  • Fellowship, Bogazici University, Istanbul, 2008
  • BA, Yale University, 2007
    magna cum laude

Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese
  • Turkish
  • Spanish