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Jay Ptashek

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Corporate / Debt Finance


Jay focuses on syndicated senior debt 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, Advent and 3G Capital, as well as large financial institutions and a multitude of private equity portfolio companies and corporate borrowers, including Restaurant Brands International, Prestige Brands 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.

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has established itself as one of the 'best-in-class' borrower-led practices in the country, with 'extremely in-depth knowledge of market precedents and conditions'. The team is regularly number-one in the league tables for deal value and volume, both for leveraged buyouts and corporate M&A. The firm's lawyers also regularly act on stand-alone financings, DIP financings and complex restructurings. Notable highlights include advising Ares Management on the financing of its $750m acquisition of Texas-based oil and gas company Admiral Permian Resources, and advising Bain Capital on the $1.4bn financing for the combination of Superion, TriTech and Aptean to form CentralSquare. Also of note, the group advised Charter Communications on a $12.4bn refinancing deal. Linda Myers heads the debt finance team out of Chicago, which fields 60 partners nationally. Other key individuals include Chicago's Michelle Kilkenney and Christopher Butler, San Francisco-based Christopher Kirkham, and Jay Ptashek in New York. The firm is also increasingly active in the direct lending space, where David Nemecek in Los Angeles and Boston-based Ranesh Ramanathan (former general counsel at Bain Capital Credit) are names to note.

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