John Lister is a member of the Finance Department and the Banking Practice in Latham & Watkins' Chicago office, advising clients on leveraged finance.

Mr. Lister has significant experience advising financial institutions, corporate borrowers, and private equity funds in a range of leveraged finance transactions, including:

  • Acquisition financings
  • Recapitalizations
  • Unitranche facilities
  • Working capital financings
  • Senior secured lending

Mr. Lister has significant experience specifically in advising direct lenders in structuring, negotiating, and documenting financings for middle market and large cap companies, including companies operating in the healthcare space (including CPOM-related transactions) and the restaurant and/or franchise space (including for franchisors and franchisees). Mr. Lister’s experience in such transactions includes documenting and structuring domestic and cross-border secured and unsecured lending transactions, including financing in restructuring and workout transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lister graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served in the Community and Economic Development Clinic representing nonprofit corporation clients on a variety of matters, including corporate governance, tax, and employment law issues. While in law school, Mr. Lister also served as an associate editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law.

Mr. Lister’s practice and experience ranges from the lower middle market to large-cap transactions for both public and private company borrowers and includes representing the following institutions regularly:

  • Antares Capital LP
  • Audax Private Debt
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • MidCap Financial Trust
  • Morgan Stanley Private Credit
  • NXT Capital, LLC

Mr. Lister’s experience includes representing:

  • JPMorgan in US$38.3 billion term loan facilities in connection with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited's acquisition of Shire plc, an Ireland-based biopharmaceutical company
  • NXT Capital, LLC in the senior credit facility that financed Sentinel Capital Partners' investment in MB2 Dental Solutions
  • Antares Capital LP in the first-lien credit facilities that financed AEA Investors LP's acquisition of TricorBraun Holdings, Inc., one of the packaging industry's largest suppliers of plastic and glass containers, closures, dispensers, and tubes
  • Lead arrangers and administrative agent in US$500 million senior secured credit facilities which supported a private equity sponsor’s acquisition of a leading hair care treatment brand and company
  • Lead arranger and administrative agent in unitranche credit facilities to support a refinancing and acquisition financing a refinancing for a financial services portfolio company of a private equity sponsor
  • Lead arranger and administrative agent in a US$655 million unitranche credit facility which supported a private equity sponsor’s acquisition of a nationwide network of obstetrician practices
  • Administrative agent and lender in a US$17.5 million senior secured acquisition financing of group of restaurant franchisees
  • Administrative agent and lenders in a US$58.75 million senior secured acquisition financing of group of exercise center franchisees
  • Lead arranger and administrative agent in US$200 million senior secured credit facility for a US clothing manufacturer in the context of a recapitalization and working capital financing
  • Joint lead arrangers, administrative agent and collateral agent in US$565 million first lien and US$185 million second lien multicurrency acquisition financing of two world-leading providers of company formation and corporate services
  • Over the counter pharmaceutical manufacturer, distributor and producer in ABL and term loan facilities (including for acquisition financing related to a target)
  • Public company borrower in negotiations regarding restructuring transactions and negotiations with existing noteholders and new asset-based lending lenders

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois
  • Michigan


  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 2013
    magna cum laude, Associate Editor (Vol.33), Michigan Journal of International Law
  • BA in Economics, University of Michigan, 2010
    Honors, With High Distinction