Teresa Johnson advises clients on corporate and finance matters and coordinates the firm's resources in leading the representation of various key clients. Her practice focuses on acting for lenders and borrowers in commercial credit and finance transactions, project-based finance, asset-based lending, syndicated financings, cross-border transactions, and debt securities. Ms. Johnson has particular experience in consumer lending and she frequently represents peer-to-peer and other non-traditional lenders. Her experience includes advising directors and officers of public and private companies in various corporate governance matters.

Ms. Johnson has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 corporate transaction attorneys on the publication's annual list of the "Top 100 Women Lawyers."

Ms. Johnson practiced in London for several years before returning to the United States. Ms. Johnson was a member of the Stanford Law Review.

Experience

  • Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. in multiple financing, commercial and other transactions.
  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. in Toyota's support for hydrogen fuel infrastructure. She has advised Toyota in its agreements with FirstElement Fuel to support the long-term operation and maintenance expenses of new hydrogen refueling stations in California, including arrangements with Honda, Mitsui and Air Liquide as FirstElement's other financial backers. Ms. Johnson has also advised Toyota in the development of hydrogen fueling facilities in the Port of Long Beach and the development of a hydrogen fuel cell electric heavy truck.
  • The Charles Schwab Corporation in multiple debt and securities transactions and securities compliance matters, including recent transactions totaling over $5 billion in issuances of senior notes and depositary shares.
  • NFL team in the financing of its new $1.8 billion stadium, financed on a project finance basis with multiple entities and public and private financial support.
  • Selling shareholder in the 2019 initial public offering of Levi Strauss & Co.
  • The Wine Group (third largest wine producer in world by volume) in multiple debt transactions.
  • Private equity funds in investment in and restructuring of debt of portfolio companies, including subordinated sponsor financings for portfolio companies and related intercreditor negotiations.
  • Borrowers in inventory and other receivables-based financings.
  • Privately held food services company in $56 million capital and debt restructuring with Prudential.
  • Large private foundation in $40 million limited guarantee of Bank of America syndicated loan to nonprofit.

Perspectives

Caveat Lender: A User's Guide to the California Financing Law
Lawline Webinar
Public shaming will not solve the lack of diversity on corporate boards
Financial Times
DOT Accelerates Toward Autonomous Driving, While Congress May Be Stopped in Traffic
Advisory
INSIGHT: Small Scale Commercial Lending in California Is Becoming Complicated
Bloomberg BNA
Hurdles Ahead For California's Female Director Mandate
California Law360, Corporate Law360, Mergers & Acquisitions Law360, Public Policy Law360, Securities Law360, Technology Law360
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Recognition

Best Lawyers
Corporate Law (2014-2020)
Northern California Super Lawyers
Securities & Corporate Finance (2004, 2006, 2009-2019)
The Legal 500 US
Capital Markets: Debt Offerings (2018-2019)
Corporate Governance (2016-2017)
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, Stanford Law School, 1992
  • BA, Harvard University, 1989, cum laude
Admissions
  • California
  • New York
  • England and Wales
  • Texas
Activities
  • Finance Committee Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member, American Bar Association

Languages
  • French
  • Italian
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