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Cathy E. Chessin
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New Orleans Attorney
Cathy E. Chessin

Phone: 504.582.1111


Languages: English

Cathy Chessin’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate and business transactions. She handles acquisitions and divestitures, including stock and asset sales, for both public and private companies in a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, banking and others. She advises officers and directors on corporate governance matters, advises clients on matters involving restructuring and establishing appropriate entities for new businesses, drafts contracts of various types, and provides third-party legal opinions in a wide array of transactions. She also represents borrowers and lenders in corporate finance transactions. Cathy has handled numerous bank holding company reorganizations, advised banks and bank holding companies on regulatory matters, represented clients issuing equity or debt in private offerings, and advised on various employment and executive compensation matters, including employment, non-compete and severance agreements and implementation of incentive compensation plans.

Cathy was a member of Gordon Arata’s New Orleans office from 1981 – 2000, and rejoined the Firm’s Houston office in 2006 after serving five years as the Manager of the Corporate Law Department and as the Corporate Secretary of Hibernia Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed public company, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hibernia National Bank (now, Capital One, N.A.). In that capacity, she was responsible for preparing and filing SEC filings (including its proxy statements, periodic reports and registration statements), as well as the reports of beneficial ownership required to be filed by certain officers and directors. Additionally, she was responsible for the implementation of new processes to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and new corporate governance and disclosure rules. She assisted in establishing the agendas for the Board and Board Committees and kept the minutes for each. While at Hibernia, Cathy was involved in both the largest bank acquisition made by Hibernia in its history and the acquisition of Hibernia by Capital One Financial Corporation. Among other matters, she helped draft new change of control agreements and the exchange of the-then existing agreements for the new agreements, the amendment of various executive compensation arrangements to comply with new Internal Revenue Code section 409A and the amendment of the company’s long-term incentive compensation plans and the interests issued pursuant thereto. She negotiated and drafted numerous severance and employment agreements and participated in the purchase and sale of several businesses and interests in businesses.

Cathy earned her J.D. summa cum laude from Tulane Law School in 1980 where she served as Managing Editor of Tulane Law Review and received the Faculty Medal and Dean’s Medal for graduating first in her class and with the highest grade point average. Following graduation she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as law clerk for the Honorable Sam D. Johnson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. At Judge Johnson’s request, Cathy had the great honor of interviewing him for the Fifth Circuit Library’s videotaped oral history of Senior Judges of the Court.


  • Tulane University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1980
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1977

Bar Admissions:

  • Louisiana (1982)
  • Texas (2007)

Practice Areas:

  • Corporate and Securities Transactions
  • Oil, Gas, and Energy Transactions
  • Real Estate and Financing
  • Banking

Representative Matters:

  • Represented purchaser in the acquisition of assets and subsidiaries of a chemical manufacturer and distributor in an acquisition valued at approximately $120 million and represented the purchaser in a $125 million credit facility to finance a portion of the acquisition (2014)
  • Represented borrower in amending a $400 million credit facility and entering into a $75 million note purchase agreement together with a subordination agreement between the senior creditors and the note purchasers (2014)
  • Represented seller in negotiating and drafting a Membership Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement for the sale of an operating subsidiary, together with loan documents for the owner financing portion of the transaction (2014)
  • Represented oil and gas company borrowers in negotiating and documenting an $80 million credit facility collateralized by, among other things, producing properties (2014)
  • Acted as local counsel to provide third party legal opinions covering Texas collateral in a number of multi-jurisdictional credit facility arrangements (2014)
  • Represented seller in the sale of assets of a private company and the restructure of certain debt of the seller (2014)
  • Represented borrower in $30 million credit facility (2015)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bankers Association


  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation – Fellow

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Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett

201 St. Charles Avenue
40th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70170
United States

Law Firm Contact: John Y. Pearce

Tel: 504.582.1111

Fax: 504.582.1121



Member Since: 2009

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