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David J. Kennedy


Advises banks, direct lenders and corporate borrowers on financing transactions, including leveraged financings, asset-based facilities and debt restructurings.

David has extensive experience advising financial institutions, arrangers and direct lenders on a wide variety of financing transactions, including complex cross-border leverage buyouts, private debt, asset-based lending and securitization, restructuring transactions, and NAV and back-leverage facilities. David also represents corporate clients on a full range of finance-related matters, including debt restructuring transactions.

Experience highlights

Syndicated Lender Representations
  • $2 billion ABL financing for United States Steel
  • $1.5 billion refinancing for Newell Brands
  • A$800 million ABL refinancing for Nufarm
  • $600.25 million refinancing for Transocean
  • $500 million ABL financing for I Squared Capital in its acquisition of FlexiVan Leasing and merger of FlexiVan with American Intermodal Management
  • $475 million financing for KPS Capital Partners-backed Autokiniton U.S. Holdings’ acquisition of Tower International
  • $375 million refinancing for Prospect Medical Holdings
Direct Lender Representations
  • $5.3 billion refinancing for Vista Equity Partners-backed Finastra Group (named 2023 “North America Private Debt Loan” deal of the year by IFR)
  • $1.3 billion refinancing and $320 million preferred equity issuance for Vista Equity Partners-backed CentralSquare
  • $890 million refinancing for Kohlberg & Company-backed Entrust Solutions Group
  • $850 million financing for Centerbridge Partners’ acquisition of Computer Services
  • $836.5 million financing for Kohlberg & Company’s acquisition of Worldwide Clinical Trials acquisition
  • $732 million financing for Cinven-backed Euro Techno Com’s acquisitions of Amadys and BTV Multimedia
Borrower Representations 
  • $2.25 billion financing for VF Corporation
Restructuring Representations
  • Digicel in its comprehensive consensual cross-border restructuring transactions
  • Ad hoc group of first-lien noteholders in connection with the chapter 11 restructuring of Incora and its $300 million DIP financing
  • The agent and lenders in the $3.95 billion exit financings for iHeartRadio in connection with iHeart’s emergence from chapter 11 proceedings
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LL.B., Flinders University
  • with honours
Professional history
  • Davis Polk, 2017-2020 and 2022-present
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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