- Columbia University School of Law, LL.M., 1996, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
- University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1990, cum laude
- Texas A&M University, B.A., Finance, 1985
Bar & Court Admissions
- New York
- Texas (inactive)
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Travis is a partner in the Columbus office and is the immediate past chair of the firm's finance, energy and real estate group. He practices primarily in the areas of derivatives and finance. He has extensive experience in the representation of commercial and investment banks, financial institutional holding companies, and borrowers in the preparation and negotiation of single institution and syndicated secured and unsecured U.S. Dollar and multicurrency credit facilities, private placements, and mezzanine and second lien financings.
Travis represents numerous financial institutions and public and private companies in derivatives activities, including advising on Dodd-Frank regulatory requirements and has a broad range of experience in the negotiation of derivative transactions and structured financial products, including transactions under the ISDA Master Agreement and related schedules and annexes, including credit support documentation.
Travis also advises clients in general business transactions, including acquisitions, sales, documentary and standby letters of credit and uniform rules for collections.
Career highlights include:
Advised Greif, Inc. in its $2.475 billion credit facility and $500 million Notes offering in connection with the financing of Greif’s acquisition of Caraustar Industries Inc., a Georgia-based box manufacturer, for a purchase price of $1.8 billion
Structuring and negotiation of initial multi-currency facilities for money center banks in New York
Representation of financial institutions, bond issuers and business counterparties in complex accelerated stock repurchase transactions, equity and commodity derivative products, as well as interest rate and foreign exchange hedge transactions
Negotiation of multiple billion dollar syndicated credit facilities and numerous multi-million dollar securitization, receivables and asset based financing transactions, including the negotiation and structuring of intercreditor and subordination documentation
Serving with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry at the Japan External Trade Organization in Houston, Texas as an analyst in the oil and gas and technology arenas
Travis received an LL.M as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia University School of Law. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.A. in finance from Texas A&M University.
Before joining Vorys, Travis practiced in the area of global corporate finance in New York.
Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, 2010-2021
- Chambers and Partners, Leading Lawyer in Banking and Finance, 2018-2022
- Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus, 2015-2016
- IFLR1000 Corporate & Financial List, Banking and finance and Capital markets: derivatives – notable practitioner, 2020
- 8/15/2018One hundred and thirteen lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019.
- 5/4/2018Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease is pleased to announce that 32 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized among the leading practitioners in the country in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA.
- 8/26/2015Vorys recently advised First Financial Bancorp. in connection with its underwritten public offering of $120 million aggregate principal amount of 5.125% subordinated notes due 2025.
- Winter 2016Recently five federal agencies, The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Farm Credit Administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (collectively, the Agencies), issued much-anticipated joint final rules (the Final Rules) that establish minimum margin and capital requirements for registered swap dealers, major swap participants, security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants (Swap Entities) for which one of the Agencies is the prudential regulator (Swap Entities regulated by one or more of the Agencies are referred to as Covered Swap Entities).
- 11/17/2015Recently five federal agencies, The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Farm Credit Administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, issued much-anticipated joint final rules that establish minimum margin and capital requirements for registered swap dealers, major swap participants, security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants for which one of the Agencies is the prudential regulator.