Kevin M.Samuels


Cleveland + 1.216.586.7196

Kevin Samuels is the head of transactional practices for the Cleveland Office.

For more than 15 years, he has represented corporations, private equity firms, hedge funds, and financial institutions in all aspects of transactional and commercial financing-related matters. In particular, Kevin's practice focuses on leveraged finance transactions, cross-border transactions, asset-based financing, and other acquisition-related facilities.

Some of the clients that Kevin has recently advised include the following private equity firms: The Riverside Company, American Industrial Partners, Blue Point Capital, Blue Sea Capital, Cortec Group, HCI Equity Partners, High Road Capital, Kirtland Capital, Morgenthaler, Norwest Equity Partners, and Swander Pace Capital as well as the following corporations: Avient, Cleveland-Cliffs, Gulftech International, La-Z-Boy, Marathon Petroleum, MPLX, Simpson Manufacturing, SITE Centers, Sherwin-Williams, TransDigm Group, and WESCO International.

Kevin is a member of Jones Day's global, cross-disciplinary LIBOR transition team, which advises on the legal and regulatory issues arising from the forthcoming market transition to alternative reference rates.

In addition, Kevin is the New Lawyers Group coordinator in the Cleveland Office and a member of the Cleveland Office's Hiring Committee and Recruiting Committee and serves on the board of directors of The Gathering Place (a nonprofit organization that supports families coping with cancer).


  • TransDigm obtains $1.725 billion tranche H term loan under its credit agreement with Goldman Sachs Bank USA and syndicate of lendersJones Day represented TransDigm Group Incorporated and certain of its subsidiaries in connection with a loan modification and refinancing of its tranche G term loans in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $1.725 billion with Goldman Sachs Bank USA, as administrative agent and collateral for a syndicate of lenders.
  • KeyBank provides $100 million credit facility to Purple Innovation, Inc.Jones Day represented KeyBank National Association, as administrative agent, in connection with a $100 million credit facility, consisting of a $45 million term loan facility and a $55 million revolving credit facility, provided to Purple Innovation, Inc., a leading comfort technology company.
  • Riverside acquires OutSolve LLCJones Day represented The Riverside Company in the acquisition and financing of OutSolve LLC, a provider of outsourced labor and employment compliance solutions.
  • Peabody Energy closes $800 million DIP financing packageJones Day represented Peabody Energy Corporation, a large private-sector coal company, in connection with their $800 million debtor-in-possession superpriority secured financing arrangement.
  • Cleveland-Cliffs obtains $1 billion incremental increase to existing credit facility with Bank of America, N.A.Jones Day represented Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., the largest flat-rolled steel producer and the largest supplier of iron ore pellets in North America, in connection with a $1 billion incremental increase to its existing asset-based revolving credit facility with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent, bringing the total size of the facility to $4.5 billion.
  • Libbey Glass refinances term loan agreementJones Day represented Libbey Glass LLC and certain of its affiliates in connection with the refinancing of its term loan credit agreement with Alter Domus (US) LLC, as administrative agent and collateral agent, for a syndicate of lenders.
  • Norwest Equity Partners invests in Thibaut, Inc.Jones Day represented Norwest Equity Partners in connection with the acquisition and financing of Thibaut, Inc.
  • 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.
  • Cintas acquires G&K Services for $2.2 billionJones Day advised Cintas Corporation in its acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of G&K Services, Inc. for $97.50 per share in cash, for a total enterprise value of approximately $2.2 billion, including acquired debt.
  • 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.
  • Tecum Capital invests in Keystone FoamJones Day advised Tecum Capital in its investment in Keystone Foam PA, LLC, formerly known as Keystone Foam Corporation, a fabricator of proprietary custom foam products for various end markets.
  • Marathon Petroleum obtains $700 million term loan facilityJones Day represented Marathon Petroleum Corporation, a leading oil refining, marketing and pipeline transport company, and its subsidiaries in connection with a $700 million term loan facility to finance a portion of the purchase price of the acquisition of Hess Retail Holdings LLC.
  • Blackbaud amends existing $900 million credit facility and increases credit facility by $435 millionJones Day represented Blackbaud, Inc., a leading cloud software company powering social good, in connection with an amendment to its $900 million credit facility with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent, including an incremental increase of $250 to its term loans and $185 million to its revolving credit facility.
  • Blue Sea Capital acquires Innovative FlexPakJones Day advised Blue Sea Capital in its acquisition and related financing of Innovative FlexPak, a developer, formulator, and provider of single-serve and multi-dose ingestible health and wellness products for leading brands.
  • Sherwin-Williams acquires Valspar for $11.3 billionJones Day advised The Sherwin-Williams Company in its $11.3 billion acquisition of The Valspar Corporation.