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 co-coordinator of Jones Day's global, cross-disciplinary LIBOR Transition 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 a former secretary of its Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws Committee.
Jones Day's 2021 Speaker Series: The End Is (Still) Near, but the Path to the End Continues to Change: The Current State of the LIBOR Transition (June 2021)
ARRC Publishes Final LIBOR Transition Recommendations for Securitizations and Bilateral Business Loans
ARRC Publishes Final LIBOR Transition Recommendations for Floating Rate Notes and Syndicated Business Loans
- Brooklyn Law School (J.D. cum laude 2001; Vice President and Editor, Moot Court Honor Society); University of California, San Diego (B.A. in Economics and Political Science 1996)
- New York
- IFLR1000: notable practitioner in banking