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Kim Desmarais has successfully acted as lead U.S. counsel on complex cross-border financings across a broad range of industries for more than 15 years. She has a strong leveraged lending background and represents investment and commercial banks, borrowers/issuers, and private equity firms in cross-border and domestic financing transactions, with a particular focus on leveraged finance transactions, alternative lending transactions, and financings in the insurance and funds sectors. She has substantial experience advising clients on acquisition financings, refinancings, debt restructurings, and other secured and unsecured lending transactions.

Kim is a member of Jones Day's global, cross-disciplinary LIBOR-transition (London Interbank Offered Rate) working group, focusing on syndicated and bilateral loans and floating-rate notes and bonds. She also has extensive experience advising on U.S. personal property and other commercial law matters associated with secured financing, with special emphasis on Articles 8 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Kim is a member of the New York City Bar and is the secretary of its Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws Committee.


  • Pemberton Asset Management Group and Permira Debt Managers Limited provide significant unitranche financing for acquisition of Euro Techno Com GroupJones Day represented Pemberton Asset Management Group and Permira Debt Managers Limited in connection with a significant unitranche financing for the acquisition of the Euro Techno Com Group ("ETC"), a distributor of equipment and supplies for the telecommunications market, by Carlyle European Technology Partners.
  • Concesionaria Vial Union del Sur, Patrimonio Autonomo Union del Sur, Sacyr Concesiones S.L., and Herdoiza Crespo Construcciones obtain $575 million term financingJones Day represented Concesionaria Vial Union del Sur, as concessionaire, Patrimonio Autonomo Union del Sur, as borrower, and Sacyr Concesiones S.L. and Herdoiza Crespo Construcciones S.A., as sponsors, in connection with a $575 million long term financing to, among other things, repay a bridge loan facility and fund design, construction, operation and maintenance costs for a toll road in Colombia between the cities of Pasto and Ipiales, near the Rumichaca border crossing to Ecuador.
  • Bank of Montreal provides credit facilities to Nuvei Technologies to finance Nuvei's acquisition of Safecharge InternationalJones Day advised Bank of Montreal in connection with the first and second lien credit facilities provided to Nuvei Technologies Corp., a privately owned electronic payment processing company, sponsored by Novacap, to finance Nuvei's acquisition of Safecharge International, a UK-based mobile payments company.
  • BBA Aviation to sell Ontic for $1.365 billionJones Day is advising BBA Aviation plc ("BBA") in the sale of its Ontic business to an investment fund affiliated with CVC Capital Partners for $1.365 billion.
  • GSIB seeks advice relating to IBOR transitionJones Day is advising a global systemically important bank in connection with IBOR transition, including designing enterprise-wide impact assessment and remediation plans for various asset classes, analyzing litigation risks, and counseling with respect to ARRC participation.
  • iAero Group acquires Swift AirJones Day advised iAero Group LLC (f.k.a. Blue Skies Aerospace Group LLC), as majority shareholder of the iAero Group, in its purchase of Swift Air, the leading independent U.S. airline charter business.
  • Athyrium Capital Management partially issues second tranche of bond issueJones Day advised Athyrium Capital Management, LP in connection with the partial issuance of the second tranche of its bond issue.
  • FTI Consulting amends and restates $550 million senior secured credit facilityJones Day represented FTI Consulting, Inc., a global business advisory firm, in connection with the amendment and restatement of its $550 million senior secured multicurrency revolving credit facility.
  • FTI Consulting completes $316.25 million Rule 144A offering of Unsecured Convertible Senior NotesJones Day represented FTI Consulting, Inc., a global business advisory firm, in connection with its issuance of $316.25 million aggregate principal amount of 2.0% Convertible Senior Notes due 2023 in a Rule 144A offering.
  • Athyrium Capital Management refinances Biom'Up's existing debt, finances production and marketing of HEMOBLAST™ Bellows, and completes bond financingJones Day represented Athyrium Capital Management in connection with the refinancing of Biom'Up's existing debt, financing of the production and marketing of its flagship product HEMOBLAST™ Bellows in the United States and the European Union, and the financing of its external growth.
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