Daniel C. Seale

  • Partner
  • Edaniel.seale@lw.com
  • 1271 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10020
  • USA
  • T +1.212.906.1341


Daniel Seale is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and is Global Chair of the firm’s Banking Practice. Mr. Seale is a member of the Finance Department; the Banking, Capital Markets, and Private Equity Practices; and the firm’s Strategic Client Committee. He is a former Vice Chair of the firm’s Associates Committee and former Local Chair for the Finance Department in the New York office.

Mr. Seale represents financial institutions, corporate borrowers, and other alternative financing providers in leveraged finance transactions with a particular focus on acquisition financings. Mr. Seale has also represented buyers and sellers in both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Having advised on hundreds of large-cap syndicated loans, middle market loans, and direct lending transactions, Mr. Seale has broad exposure to the global banking market and its key participants. He regularly handles major financing transactions for clients such as Antares Capital, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Golub Capital, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Seale served as a Judicial Clerk to Chief Judge Ronald Lagueux of the United States District Court, District of Rhode Island.

Thought Leadership
  • Speaker, “Financing an Acquisition,” PLI Leveraged Finance Conference, May 2021
  • Co-author, “Direct Lending: Fierce Competition and Escalating Deal Sizes Return,” Private Capital Insights, April 2021
  • Co-author, “United States Lending & Secured Finance,” The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides, April 2021
  • Speaker, “Financing an Acquisition,” PLI Leveraged Finance Conference, May 2020
  • Speaker, “Direct Lending Panel,” PLI Leveraged Finance Conference, May 2019
  • Co-author, “Chapter 6: Direct Lending and Other Alternate Capital: Current Direct Lending Terms in 2019,” PLI Leveraged Finance, February 2019
  • Co-author, “The Continued Growth of European Covenant Lite,” The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance 2019
  • “Expert Q&A on Direct Lending,” Thomson Reuters Practical Law 2017

Thought Leadership

  • The Continued Prevalence of European Covenant Lite - 2021 -  April 08, 2021
  • US Tax Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for Leveraged Finance -  December 27, 2017
  • Expert Q&A on Direct Lending -  July 10, 2017
  • Private Capital Insights -  April 29, 2021
  • The Legal 500's Lending & Secured Finance Guide: United States -  April 19, 2021
  • SDNY: Syndicated Loans Are Not Securities -  May 26, 2020
  • The Continued Prevalence of European Covenant Lite -  April 09, 2020
  • The Continued Growth of European Covenant Lite -  April 10, 2019
  • The Growth of European Covenant Lite -  April 17, 2018
  • The Growth of European Covenant Lite -  April 21, 2017
  • The Continued Migration of US Covenant-Lite Structures into the European Leveraged Loan Market -  April 26, 2016

“Very, very smart and someone who tries to reach an answer to accommodate all parties”

Chambers USA 2019
Bar Qualification
  • New York
  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1995
  • BA, Bowdoin College, 1992
  • Financial Institutions
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Private Equity Finance