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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Jay focuses on syndicated and direct lender senior secured and bridge loan financings, primarily in the leveraged acquisition finance area. His experience also includes significant high-yield, corporate finance and restructuring engagements. Representative clients include financial sponsors such as Apax Partners, Blackstone, Cerberus, Advent, Partners Group and 3G Capital, as well as large financial institutions and a multitude of private equity portfolio companies and corporate borrowers, including Restaurant Brands International, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Equinox Holdings and Kraft/Heinz.


Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 2009-present; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, 1992-2009.


New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1992; University of Michigan, B.B.A., with high distinction, 1989.

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United States > Finance > Commercial lending

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Jay PtashekKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP maintains a considerable market share of the borrower-side debt finance market, and hits strong numbers with regards to both deal count and total deal value. Private equity work is the real specialty of the group, which works with market-leading companies such as Blackstone Inc., Carlyle, Warburg Pincus and KKR on leveraged buyouts across a number of industries, though the firm is also capable in restructuring matters. The department’s central hub is in New York, home to Melissa Hutson and Jay Ptashek, though the firm’s market position is thanks in part to its national coverage; Michelle Kilkenney and Maureen Dixon are based in Chicago, while David Nemecek and Eric Wedel spend much of their time in Los Angeles. The firm added to an already deep bench with the arrival of the ‘practical, responsive, knowledgeable’ Rachael Lichman from Baker Botts L.L.P. in March 2021. Linda Myers retired in February 2022.