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Jeff M. Kayes

Morrison & Foerster LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Jeffrey M. Kayes is a partner at Morrison & Foerster, practicing in the firm’s Financial Transactions Group.

Mr. Kayes focuses on the representation of financial institutions, other institutional lenders and borrowers in complex debt and equity financings. Mr. Kayes has extensive experience in leveraged acquisition finance and project finance, including the development and financing of manufacturing facilities and renewable energy projects. He has advised clients in connection with bilateral and syndicated facilities, asset- and cash-flow-based facilities, domestic and cross-border loans, letter of credit financings, vendor financings, private placements of debt securities and bankruptcy-related financings.

He has represented clients operating in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, clean technology, finance, gaming, renewable energy, semiconductors and software, among others.

Mr. Kayes also has extensive experience representing clients in acquisitions of energy projects in all phases of development, including investments in individual or portfolios of projects. He has advised clients in connection with such transactions for natural gas, wind, biomass, hydro and solar facilities.

Mr. Kayes is recommended as a leading lawyer in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Legal 500 US in the areas of Project Finance and Renewable/Alternative Energy. In addition, he is recognized as a “Rising Star” in the 2012 -2014 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers, an honor recognizing the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Kayes acted as Senior Legal Counsel for Solar Trust of America / Solar Millennium, a solar developer, addressing financing issues concerning the construction of the world’s largest solar field. Earlier in his career, he practiced at Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Kayes previously served as a member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California.


University of Michigan (B.S., 1997)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2000)


Financial Transactions
Clean Technology
Project Finance

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