Joseph P. Brantley, IVAttorney
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Mr. Brantley obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University Law School in 1972. In addition to annual CLE classes, Mr. Brantley has participated by invitation in numerous financial, business, legal and career development forums at Louisiana State University, Rice University and Tulane University.
Mr. Brantley’s primary emphasis in his legal practice has related to business matters with concentration in oil and gas, investments, gaming regulation, and commercial transaction. Clients represented over his career include or have included:
Pecos Western Corporation, Houston, Texas; Reagent Chemical and Research, Inc., Houston, Texas; H. & R. Block; United Transport Company, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Amoco Production Company; Chevron U.S.A., Michael T. Halbouty Energy Company, Dell, Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL), Carnival Hotels and Casinos, Inc., Carnival Cruise Lines (NYSE: CCL), Louisiana Casino Cruises, Inc., Argosy Casino Baton Rouge, Argosy Gaming Company (NYSE: AGY), Boyd Gaming (NYSE: BYD), Penn National Gaming (Nasdaq: PENN) Incredible Technologies, Certegy (NYSE: CEY), Ceridian (NYSE: CEN), St. Charles Gaming Corporation, Legends Gaming, LLC, Peninsula Gaming, LLC, Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, LLC, Amelia Belle Casino, Global Gamin Solutions, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation), National Card Club Corporation, Reinhart Food Services, the fourth largest institutional food service company in the nation, Menard Electronics, Houston, Tx. and City Tel-Coin Company a regional provider of prison telephone and VOIP systems.
Gaming and Financial Experience
In addition to the foregoing Mr. Brantley was directly involved with the acquisition of the Isle of Capri Casino and Hotels in Bossier City, Louisiana by Legends Gaming, L.L.C., and Isle of Capri Casino, Vicksburg, MS. The transaction closed 7/31/2006 for $240,000,000. Mr. Brantley assisted in the placement of the debt financing with CIT Financial Services and handled all Louisiana regulatory approvals. More recently, Mr. Brantley handled regulatory compliance oversight and participated in the funding placement for Peninsula Gaming in connection with its $530,000,000 debt offering underwritten by Jefferies & Co., Wells Fargo Securities, and Credit Suisse, a portion of which was used to acquire another gaming property in Louisiana which Mr. Brantley also represents. Most recently Mr. Brantley assisted with the Legends Gaming, LLC Chapter 11 bankruptcy and exit financing, consisting of $162 million first lien and $75 million second lien financings, with a successful cram-down on the second lien lends class and preservation of equity ownership upon emergence in 2009. Mr. Brantley handled the regulatory matters relative to the negotiations for the acquisition of Legends Gaming d.b.a. Diamond Jacks Resort & Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana by Global Gaming Solutions, LLC in Louisiana, which ultimately were unsuccessful totally unrelated to Mr. Brantley’s efforts.
Transaction involvement for initial financing or restructuring of debt for both small and large clients or business with which Mr. Brantley has been directly involved has aggregated over two billion dollars since 1994, when Mr. Brantley initially acted as outside general counsel for Louisiana Casino Cruises where he also formed and sat on the Regulatory Compliance Committee.
As part of his regulatory involvement, Mr. Brantley has obtained and maintained certain due diligence security clearances to review and evaluate individuals and companies for gaming suitability purposes, and due diligence background reviews for proposed business transactions with high net worth clients.
Oil and Gas Background and Business Experience
Mr. Brantley is an “AV” rated attorney, has testified as an expert on oil and gas operational and legal issues, has presided as a Judge Ad Hoc in the Baton Rouge City Court and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana as well as the United States Supreme Court. He has qualified as an expert to give testimony on the structure of complex oil and gas transactions.
In 1981 Mr. Brantley founded and is still president of Bradex Oil & Gas, Inc., a regional oil and gas exploration company. In 1988, Mr. Brantley founded and is also still president of BSFI Western E & P, Inc., primarily for oil and gas exploration in Louisiana. In 1995 Mr. Brantley founded Mid-America Resources Corporation (“MARC”), which drilled and operated multiple wells and fields in Louisiana until Mr. Brantley sold the company in 2007.
Mr. Brantley’s involvement in the Oil and Gas Industry included prospect generation and sale, drilling completion and operation, and crude oil and gas marketing.
Mr. Brantley was also instrumental in the formation of In-Pipe Technology, a national environmental company specializing in municipal waste-water treatment.
Mr. Brantley handles matters before the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, The Louisiana State Police Gaming Division, The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources including the Department of Conservation, The Louisiana Mineral Board, The Louisiana Public Service Commission and the Louisiana State Bar Association Office of Disciplinary Counsel, The Baton Rouge Planning and Zoning Commission, The Baton Rouge City Council and numerous boards, commissions, agencies, and committees including those of Louisiana state and local governing bodies.
General Experience and Associations
While engaged in the practice of law, Mr. Brantley obtained extensive criminal and civil trial experience on both Federal and State levels. In addition to the litigation experience, numerous business clients were represented in all phases of commercial negotiations. He is a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana and American Bar Associations, The Louisiana Association for Justice, The International Association of Gaming Advisors, and admitted to practiced before or admitted to multiple state and federal courts, including the Untied States Supreme Court. He is past member of both the Louisiana and American Association of Petroleum Landmen, and the American Trial Lawyers Association, which is now the American Association for Justice, the Louisiana Association for Justice, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Business contacts and relationship range from those mentioned above to the film and entertainment industry, hospitality, environmental and petrochemical industries.