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Thomas Hou
Thomas Hou
New York +1 212 841 1219 thou@cov.com Download V-card

Thomas Hou is a corporate attorney who represents clients in complex transactions, including debt financings, project financings, intellectual property licenses and collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate matters. He has extensive experience in finance, in which he represented bank and non-bank lenders and sponsors and borrowers in acquisition financings, private placements, loans to Latin America, and debt/equity investments in emerging companies. He has worked with multiple industries, including health care and pharmaceuticals, industrial products, and energy/natural resources, and in transactions involving Chinese clients and Chinese counterparties. Mr. Hou provides clear and thorough analysis and advice to clients and aims to navigate clients through legal risks while accomplishing their business goals.

  • Represented a global pharmaceutical company in a collaboration and licensing transaction with another global pharmaceutical company for conducting combination therapies of their headline immuno-oncology products.
  • Represented a startup crypto-currency company with obtaining venture financing for mining equipment and other startup costs.
  • Represented a private equity group in obtaining debt financing to support the acquisition of a car dealership business, including negotiation with floor plan financing providers. 
  • Represented funds of a healthcare investment company in various debt and equity financings in healthcare and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Represented funds of a healthcare investment company in providing a debt refinancing to a publicly listed company.
  • Represented Pharming Group N.V., a Dutch publicly-traded pharmaceutical company, on a $100 million secured debt facility with OrbiMed Advisors, LLC.
  • Represented an information technology company in a Series 2 venture financing and related debt financing and source code escrow with an industrial goods company.
  • Represented Johnson & Johnson in its acquisition of Megadyne. 
  • Represented an investment advisory business in the asset acquisition of another investment advisory business.
  • Represented Leeds Equity Partners in obtaining acquisition financing for its acquisition of BLR Media and UCG.
  • Represented ONCAP Management Partners in obtaining acquisition financing for its acquisition of Tecta, the nation's premier commercial roofing contractor.
  • Represented Cedar Creek Lumber and its sponsor in the refinancing of its asset-based loan facility, including to support the acquisition of another lumber business.
  • Represented a Chinese internet services company in setting up a joint venture with a U.S. business for TV and other programming.
  • Represented a nonbank lender in a $250 million syndicated unitranche facility to a national medical care management company and its affiliated professional contractors.
  • Represented a bank in a $50 million uncommitted, pre-export finance facility to an Argentine agricultural company with U.S. parent guarantee.
  • Represented institutional investors in £130 million private placement notes to a foreign building materials company with guarantees by subsidiaries across multiple jurisdictions.

Pro Bono

  • Coalition for Queens in establishing a pay for success debt facility with two principal funders and completing a servicing agreement with a vendor.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • New York City Bar Association
  • China Institute, Young Professionals member

Previous Experience

  • Start Small Think Big, Inc., Legal Fellow (2013)
  • Toastmasters International, Competent Communicator (2013)