Nathan Whitaker represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies at all stages of the investment life cycle.

Mr. Whitaker leverages his extensive knowledge of direct and syndicated loan markets to help clients consummate complex leveraged finance transactions, including:

  • Cash-flow based and recurring revenue term and revolving credit facilities
  • Asset-based credit facilities
  • Cross-border financings
  • Restructuring and liability management transactions

He guides sponsors on acquiring and managing targets and portfolio companies of all sizes, with a particular focus on the middle market. Mr. Whitaker forges trusted relationships with clients to navigate every stage of their investment cycle, from initial acquisition, through incremental credit and compliance, to sell-side representation at sponsor exit.

Mr. Whitaker unlocks the firm’s international and cross-disciplinary platform to connect clients’ financing strategies with their broader transactional objectives. He advises on financings for targets across multiple industries, including technology, government services, software as a service, and manufacturing.

He maintains an active pro bono practice and serves as the firm’s Los Angeles liaison for the Human Rights Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, including through representation in asylum matters.

Before law school, Mr. Whitaker worked as a consultant at Accenture and as an editor for a legislative news service.

Mr. Whitaker’s recent experience includes advising:

Private Equity

  • Marlin Equity Partners on its:
    • Sale of a stake in Bazaarvoice, a provider of product reviews and user-generated content solutions, to Thomas H. Lee Partners
    • Acquisition of ProcessUnity, a leading provider of third-party risk and cybersecurity management software solutions
  • Genstar Capital Partners on financing the acquisition of BBB Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of replacement parts to the vehicle aftermarket, by way of term loans and an asset-based revolving credit facility
  • DC Capital Partners on its:
    • Strategic partnership with Hill Technical Solutions, a system engineering contracting firm
    • Strategic partnership with Digital Force Technologies, a search and navigation equipment manufacturer
  • Digital Force Technologies, a DC Capital Partners portfolio company, on acquiring Adelos, a fiber-optic sensor development company
  • Leonard Green & Partners on acquiring West Shore Homes Holdings, the parent company of West Shore Home, which provides residential home improvement and remodeling services
  • Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) on its US$3.9 billion acquisition of Columbia Property Trust, a provider of real estate investment management and advisory services
  • Lineage Logistics, a Bay Grove Capital portfolio company, on acquiring:
    • Cryo-Trans, North America’s leading provider of refrigerated and insulated railcars and rail management solutions
    • Maines Paper & Food Service, a producer and distributor of meat, fruits, vegetables, dairies, beverages, and seafood
  • A private equity sponsor on financing its acquisition of a portfolio company in the manufacturing and consumer products sector


  • Amgen, a global biotechnology company, in refinancing its US$2.5 billion unsecured revolving credit facility
  • Avery Dennison, a global materials science company, on its US$1.45 billion acquisition of Vestcom, a privately held provider of pricing and branded label solutions for retailers and consumer packaged goods companies
  • Blend, a leader in digital lending software, on financing its acquisition of Title365, a top provider of title insurance and settlement services from Mr. Cooper Group
  • Savers, an operator of a for profit thrift-store chain featuring gently used clothing, accessories, and household goods, on:
    • A cross-border debt and equity restructuring transaction involving term loan, revolving loan, and letter of credit facilities exceeding US$650 million
    • Selling a controlling stake in the company to Ares Management and Crescent Capital
  • A privately held growth company in the fashion retail sector in multiple cross-border debt refinancing and corporate restructuring transactions
  • A privately held manufacturer in the consumer products sector in forbearance arrangements with its creditors relating to its term loan and revolving credit facilities
  • Various private debt funds in direct term-loan financing facilities for borrowers in the technology and energy sectors

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • New York


  • JD, Columbia University School of Law, 2006
  • BA in Political Economy, Michigan State University, 2000