Jennifer Kent is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Finance Department and the Private Equity Finance Practice.

Ms. Kent represents private equity sponsors and private and public company borrowers in secured lending and other financing transactions, including:

  • Acquisition financings
  • Cash-flow and asset-based loans
  • Subordinated debt facilities
  • Subscription lines of credit
  • Debt restructurings

Ms. Kent has extensive experience with complex cross-border financings, having advised clients on over US$10 billion worth of international transactions. From 2019-2020, Ms. Kent spent thirteen months in Latham’s London office, working on a variety of European-based financings and restructurings with multijurisdictional components.

As part of her pro bono practice, Ms. Kent regularly advises small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs under the D.C. Bar’s Small Business Legal Assistance Program. In addition to her practice, Ms. Kent served as a Global Chair of Latham's Black Lawyers Group from 2019-2021 and is a former member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.

Ms. Kent earned her JD from Boston College Law School, where she was a member of the executive board of the Boston College Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

 

Ms. Kent’s representative matters include advising:

  • A chemical company in connection with its US$1.65 billion credit facility (including a renminbi tranche), with guarantees and security provided in over 15 different countries
  • A private equity sponsor in connection with a US$900 million secured acquisition financing, consisting of a first lien term loan, a second lien term loan, and an ABL revolving facility
  • A media and entertainment investment fund in connection with its US$380 million credit facility
  • A private equity sponsor in connection with a US$1.3 billion secured acquisition financing, consisting of a multi-tranche first lien facility and a second lien facility
  • A home products manufacturer in connection with its US$250 million credit facility
  • Various companies, including a grocery store chain and a childcare product manufacturer, in connection with their out-of-court restructurings
  • The Carlyle Group in connection with numerous acquisition financings, including for the acquisitions of ProKarma, PrimeFlight, Accelerate Learning, Tribute Technology, and Unison Software
  • GTCR, LLC in connection with numerous acquisition financings, including for the acquisitions of Assured Partners, Vivid Seats, and The Ultimus Group
  • SK Capital in connection with the financings for the acquisitions of SI Group and Niacet
  • Onex Corporation in connection with the financing for its acquisition of Save-a-Lot stores
  • Platinum Equity in connection with the financing for its acquisition of Biscuit International Group
  • Ardian, Cinven, EQT, Genstar Capital, Great Hill Partners, HIG Capital, ZMC, and Nordic Capital, in various financings
  • Various private and public company borrowers in connection with their credit facilities, including American Airlines, IMAX, Liberty Tire, Integrated Device Technology, Sequa Corporation, and Teladoc/Best Doctors
 

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Education

  • JD, Boston College Law School, 2013
    Order of the Coif, magna cum laude
  • BS, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2010
    cum laude

Practices