KimDesmarais

Partner

New York + 1.212.326.3414

Kim Desmarais has successfully acted as lead counsel on complex U.S. and cross-border financings across a broad range of industries for two decades. She has a strong leveraged lending background and represents borrowers, banks, private debt funds, commercial finance companies, and other institutional lenders in a variety of secured and unsecured transactions, with a particular focus on acquisition finance, asset-based loans, and alternative lending transactions in the funds and fintech sectors. Kim is regularly asked to advise on lending arrangements involving crypto assets and companies in the digital assets industry and is actively involved in Jones Day's global Fintech Working Group.

She has extensive experience advising on personal property and other commercial law matters associated with secured financing, with special emphasis on Articles 8 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and has served as secretary of the New York City Bar's Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws Committee.

Kim is also co-coordinator of Jones Day's global, cross-disciplinary IBOR Transition Working Group.

Experience

  • Digital currency platform obtains revolving credit facilityJones Day represented a digital currency platform in connection with an asset-based revolving loan secured by and tied to the value of bitcoin collateral.
  • Diversified global manufacturer of industrial components obtains $1.2 billion senior secured credit facilityJones Day represented a diversified global manufacturer of industrial components in connection with its $1.2 billion senior secured credit facility.
  • Oncor Electric Delivery Company obtains $1.3 billion credit facilityJones Day represented Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC, Texas's largest transmission and distribution electric utility and the fifth largest in the United States, in connection with a $1.3 billion term loan credit facility.
  • Multinational bank amends and extends existing $300 million subscription credit facility for real estate investment fundJones Day represented a multinational bank, as lender, in connection with the amendment and restatement of a $300 million secured subscription credit facility for a real estate investment fund that focuses on the development and acquisition of high quality multifamily assets in top U.S. markets.
  • Millicom International Cellular S.A. and Telemóvil El Salvador, S.A. de C.V. obtain $100 million term loan facilityJones Day advised Millicom International Cellular S.A. and Telemóvil El Salvador, S.A. de C.V. in connection with a five-year, $100 million term loan facility.
  • Millicom International Cellular S.A. obtains $100 million term loan facilityJones Day advised Millicom International Cellular S.A. in connection with a five-year, $100 million term loan facility.
  • Riverside acquires PFB Corporation for CA$178 millionJones Day advised The Riverside Company on its take-private acquisition of PFB Corporation (TSX: PFB), a North American vertically-integrated manufacturer of proprietary insulating building products based on expanded polystyrene technology, for a cash payment of CA$24.10 per share (CA$178 million on a fully diluted basis), as well as the transaction's financing.
  • Solmax acquires U.S. geosynthetics manufacturer PropexJones Day served as antitrust and financing counsel to Groupe Solmax Inc. (Solmax) in the acquisition by Solmax of Propex Operating Company, LLC, a leading geosynthetics manufacturer with a long track record in the construction, transportation, mining, and automotive industries.
  • Eldridge Industries provides senior secured term loan credit facility to Digital Currency Group, Inc.Jones Day advised Eldridge Industries, LLC, as administrative agent and lead arranger, on a senior secured term loan credit facility provided to Digital Currency Group, Inc. (“DCG”).
  • Millicom International Cellular obtains bridge loan facilityJones Day advised Millicom International Cellular S.A. in connection with a bridge loan facility with a syndicate of commercial banks.
  • Millicom obtains $125 million term loan facilityJones Day advised Millicom International Cellular S.A. and Millicom Cable Costa Rica, S.A., in connection with a 5-year, $125 million multi-currency term loan facility with a syndicate of five commercial banks.
  • Leading provider of education technology, services, and print and digital content amends $350 million secured credit facilityJones Day represented a leading provider of education technology, services, and print and digital content in connection with an amendment to its $350 million secured credit facility.
  • Signature Aviation sells Global Engine Services business to StandardAero for $230 millionJones Day advised Signature Aviation plc, a market-leading provider of global aviation support services, in the $230 million sale of the Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) business to StandardAero, a portfolio company owned by The Carlyle Group and a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services.
  • Solmax acquires TenCate GeosyntheticsJones Day advised Groupe Solmax Inc. (Solmax), the global leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, and its shareholders (including institutional investors Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec and Fonds de Solidarité FTQ), in connection with Solmax’s acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V., a global provider of geosynthetics and industrial fabrics, from Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Ten Cate (Royal Ten Cate, the Netherlands), and advised on the related senior secured financing to support the acquisition.
  • Prophet EBO Partners forms new investment fund for acquisition of performing and non-performing residential mortgage loansJones Day advised Prophet EBO Partners in its formation of a new investment fund that will acquire a portfolio of performing and non-performing residential mortgage loans, on a rolling basis over two years.
  • Leading Panamanian cable and wireless services provider obtains US$110 million loanJones Day advised a leading cable and wireless services provider in Panama in connection with a 5-year $110 million financing.
  • Millicom International Cellular obtains $600 million ESG-linked revolving credit facilityJones Day advised Millicom International Cellular S.A. in connection with a 5-year, $600 million revolving credit facility (the “Facility”) with a syndicate of 11 commercial banks.
  • Global systemically important bank (GSIB) conducts risk assessment to determine impact of LIBOR transition on enterprise-wide portfoliosJones Day is advising a GSIB with respect to enterprise-wide portfolios impacted by the LIBOR transition, including conducting portfolio-wide risk impact assessments, analyzing various consumer products, and developing litigation contingency plans.
  • Financial holding company provides secured term loan credit facility to mid-market hedge fundJones Day advised a financial holding company in connection with a secured term loan credit facility provided to a mid-market hedge fund that invests in asset-backed securities, mortgage servicing rights, and other mortgage and consumer-related assets.
  • Financial holding company provides secured term loan credit facility to mid-market private equity fundJones Day advised a financial holding company in connection with a secured term loan credit facility provided to a mid-market private equity fund that invests in asset-backed securities, mortgage servicing rights, and other mortgage and consumer-related assets.