Katherine Putnam represents borrowers and private equity sponsors in US and cross-border debt financing transactions.

Ms. Putnam takes a hands-on approach to helping clients efficiently navigate all aspects of:

  • Acquisition financings, in both the syndicated and direct lending spaces
  • Cash-flow and asset-based loans
  • Subordinated debt facilities

She distills complex covenant packages into detail-oriented ongoing advice that allows clients to seamlessly operate. Ms. Putnam unlocks the robust Latham platform to counsel clients across firm practices on secured finance issues and corporate matters.

A recognized leader at the firm and in the industry, Ms. Putnam is a member of the firm’s Ethics Committee and Recruiting Committee, and she previously served on the firm’s Training & Career Enhancement Committee. She also serves on the National Women’s Law Center’s Leadership Advisory Committee.

She maintains an active pro bono practice, including advising on trusts and estates matters connection with AARP and asylum work through Hogar Immigrant Services, as well as participation with Election Protection’s nonpartisan call center.

Ms. Putnam’s experience includes advising:

Private Equity Sponsors

  • Ardian on the financing of its ownership stake in Angus Chemical
  • Bridgepoint on its acquisition of Kyriba
  • The Carlyle Group on:
    • Numerous acquisition financings and refinancings, including for Acosta, Axalta, Nature’s Bounty, Nouryon (formerly Akzo Nobel Speciality Chemicals), Sequa, and Syniverse
    • Investments in Beats Electronics and Vogue International
  • The Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman on the financing to acquire Pharmaceutical Product Development
  • Capitol Meridian Partners on acquisition financing for the for-profit subsidiary of LMI, a provider of technology-enabled management consulting, logistics, and digital and analytics solutions
  • Centerbridge Partners on acquisition financing for Medical Solutions Parent Holdings, a healthcare staffing services provider
  • Cinven on acquisition financing for National Seating & Mobility
  • DC Capital Partners on acquisition financings for Digital Force Technologies, Hill Technologies, and Revenue Solutions
  • EQT on numerous financings, including for Acumatica, Anticimex, Integrated Clinical Oncology Network, Lima, RIMES Technologies, and SUSE
  • Godspeed Capital on acquisition financing for affiliate Huckabee Architects’ acquisition of Image Engineering Group, a mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design services company
  • HPS Investment Partners on financing in connection with ION Group's acquisition of Broadway Technology, a software company
  • Nordic Capital and its portfolio company, Britax Child Safety
  • Onex on acquisition financings for Clarivate Analytics and the Parkdean Group
  • Onex and CPP Investment Board on acquisition financing for Tomkins
  • PAI Partners on acquisition financing for Naked Juice and Tropicana, juice producers and distributors
  • Platinum Equity on numerous acquisition financings, including for American Commercial Lines, BWAY Corporation, Blueline Rental, and TruckPro
  • SK Capital Partners on acquisition financings for Addivant, GEON Performance Solutions, and SI Group
  • ZMC Partners on acquiring CommentSold

Public Companies

  • Broadcom on acquiring LSI
  • GFL Environmental on cross-border refinancing transactions
  • Rockpoint Gas Storage on its senior secured credit facilities
  • Scientific Games on its senior secured credit facilities, including for its acquisition of Bally Technologies and WMS Industries
  • Various private and public company borrowers, including 2U, CoStar Group, Funko, IMAX, Jabil, Liberty Tire, NORDAM, Safehold, Spirit Realty Capital, and Zekelman Industries

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • JD, William & Mary Law School, 2009
  • BA, Mount Holyoke College, 2004
    summa cum laude