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Patrick D. Walling is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of The Private Credit Group.

Patrick represents private credit providers in direct lending transactions that range from $10 million to  over $1 billion, including unitranche, second lien, secured mezzanine, mezzanine, holdco, and preferred stock. He has broad experience representing a diverse group of specialty finance companies, private debt funds, business development companies, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies,  and other private sources of capital. Patrick has represented lenders in cash flow as well as asset-based transactions across a wide range of industries, including technology, healthcare, retail, professional services, business services, , aerospace, sports, logistics and education, to support transactions that include acquisitions, growth capital investments, refinancings, recapitalizations, restructurings and special situations.

Following New York State Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposal in February of this year (see our previous alert), the New York legislature passed and Governor Hochul signed a law on May 3, 2023, which significantly increases the state’s focus and visibility into physician practice management change‑of‑control transactions.[1] New York’s statute reflects a growing trend of states taking note of transactions that previously were not regulated by state administrative agencies. As we await the promulgation of regulations from the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”), we examine here how New York’s law compares to similar laws in other states, and describe precautions that operators in the physician management space — as well as those who do businesses with such operators — should take to safeguard themselves against major disruptions to operations.