Katharine A.Harper

Associate

Cleveland + 1.216.586.1309

Katharine Harper advises clients from a range of industries on commercial financing transactions, representing banks and other financial institutions, private equity sponsors, and public and private companies in connection with complex secured and unsecured credit facilities.

Katharine has experience with leveraged finance transactions and other acquisition-related facilities; cross-border and multicurrency transactions; subordinated, second-lien, and mezzanine facilities; and asset-based financings.

Katharine also maintains an active pro bono practice representing individuals seeking asylum in the United States. Prior to attending law school, Katharine worked as a corporate legal assistant at a leading international law firm in New York.

Experience

  • Peabody Energy obtains $320 million revolving credit facilityJones Day represented Peabody Energy Corporation in connection with the establishment of a $320 million revolving credit facility with PNC Bank, National Association, as administrative agent.
  • Swander Pace Capital sells Patriot Pickle to H.I.G. CapitalJones Day advised Swander Pace Capital in the sale of Patriot Pickle, a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality refrigerated pickles across the United States to restaurant chains, supermarkets, and delis, to an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital.
  • Nordson Corporation acquires ARAGJones Day advised Nordson Corporation in the acquisition and financing of ARAG Group and its subsidiaries from private equity funds advised by European private equity firm Capvis AG and its founders in an all-cash transaction that values ARAG Group at an enterprise value of €960 million ($1.05 billion) and in the related debt financing which consisted of a €760 million 364-day term loan agreement with JPMorgan Bank, N.A., as administrative agent.
  • Avient refinances $732 million term loanJones Day represented Avient Corporation, a leading provider of specialized and sustainable materials solutions, in connection with the amendment and extension of its term loan credit agreement with Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent.
  • Afghan refugee granted asylum in U.S.Jones Day obtained asylum in the U.S. for a female Afghan refugee persecuted by the Taliban for promoting women's rights.
  • Direct lender amends senior secured credit facility for upstream oil and gas companyJones Day represented a direct lender in connection with an amendment to its senior secured credit facility for an upstream oil and gas company.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Agence L.I.V. Inc.Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Clinical Education Alliance (CEA) of Agence L.I.V. Inc. ("LIV"), a business of developing and supporting medical education initiatives, creating medical education content, and supporting logistical organization of scientific meetings and exchanges related to the environment of medical education.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires ASL Print FXJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company AWT Labels & Packaging Inc. (AWT) of ASL Print FX (ASL), a leading manufacturer of innovative print solutions to beverage, consumer packaged goods, envelope, and promotional markets across North America.
  • KeyBank provides incremental loan for Secretariat’s acquisition of Lighthouse Consulting GroupJones Day represented KeyBank National Association, as administrative agent, in connection with an incremental loan for the acquisition of Lighthouse Consulting Group by Secretariat Advisors LLC, a sponsor-backed borrower.
  • Hyster-Yale Materials amends second amended and restated loan, security and guaranty agreementJones Day represented Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. in connection with the first amendment to its second amended and restated loan, security and guaranty agreement, which increased the aggregate commitments of the facility pursuant to a first-in, last-out tranche of $25 million (the "FILO Tranche").
  • Swander Pace Capital portfolio company acquires First Place FoodsJones Day advised Swander Pace Capital in the acquisition by its portfolio company Patriot Pickle of First Place Foods, a producer of fresh pickles, fermented pickles, relish, and other pickled vegetables primarily for the foodservice and institutional channels.
  • Sky Island Capital acquires Kaufhold's KurdsJones Day represented Sky Island Capital in the acquisition and financing of Kaufhold's Kurd's, Inc., a wholesale food manufacturer that primarily sells direct to food service distributors across the United States.
  • Riverside sells SureWerxJones Day advised The Riverside Company in the sale of SureWerx, a leading North American provider of personal protective equipment, safety gear, and tool solutions, to Partners Group.
  • Café Valley acquires Freed’s BakeryJones Day advised Swander Pace Capital in the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Café Valley of certain assets of WB Frozen US, LLC d/b/a Freed's Bakery.
  • KeyBank amends secured credit facility for legal technology services consultantJones Day represented KeyBank National Association, as administrative agent, in connection with a $17 million incremental amendment to a secured credit facility provided to a legal technology services consultant.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Motivating Systems LLCJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Navigate360 of Motivating Systems LLC, a leading provider of behavioral management software to K-12 schools and districts.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires Label InnovationJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company AWT Labels & Packaging (AWT) of Label Innovation, a custom converter and label manufacturer utilizing roll-to-roll rotary and laser die-cutting technology to produce products and components for the medical, technology, and security markets.
  • KeyBank provides $60 million secured credit facility to legal technology services consultantJones Day represented KeyBank National Association, as administrative agent, in connection with a $60 million secured credit facility provided to a legal technology services consultant.
  • Xcel Energy amends $3.55 billion credit facilitiesJones Day represented Xcel Energy Inc., a utility company serving natural gas customers in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico, and its four wholly-owned utility subsidiaries in amending and restating each of their credit agreements with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, Bank of America, N.A. and Barclays Bank PLC, as syndication agents, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, MUFG Bank, Ltd., and Citibank, N.A., as documentation agents, and the several lenders party thereto.
  • Parker Hannifin's recommended all cash acquisition of Meggitt PLCJones Day acted as counsel to Parker Hannifin Corporation in the £6.3 billion acquisition of Meggitt plc, a leading international company headquartered in Coventry, United Kingdom, specializing in high performance components and subsystems for the aerospace, defense and selected energy markets.