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Joanne De Silva

Joanne De Silva

Ropes & Gray LLP

New York, NY, USA


Joanne co-leads the firm’s U.S. direct lending practice. Her practice includes debt investments and debt restructurings across the capital structure. She represents business development companies, debt investment funds, banks, and other institutional investors in a diverse range of transactions including unitranche, senior secured, and mezzanine transactions.

She has extensive experience with intercreditor arrangements including agreements among lenders, first lien/second lien and split collateral intercreditor agreements, and subordination agreements. She is a regular speaker at a Practising Law Institute program on intercreditor agreements.

Joanne is qualified to practice in New York and is a solicitor in England and Wales. She was previously qualified as a barrister in England and Wales, and was a practicing advocate and solicitor in Singapore.

Representative Clients and Matters

Notable transactions in which Joanne has been involved include the following:

  • Advised KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC in a $240 million unitranche financing for the acquisition of Fastener Acquisition, Inc. by Kelso & Company.
  • Advised KKR Capital Markets LLC and KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC in connection with $625 million first lien, senior second lien, and junior second lien credit facilities to fund the acquisition of Centric Group and Trinity Services by H.I.G. Capital.
  • Advised KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC in connection with $525 million floating rate unsecured senior notes, issued to finance the corporate reorganization of two portfolio companies of CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC, and in connection with KKR Credit Advisors’ minority equity co-investment in PQ Corporation.
  • Advised Castanea Partners Fund III, L.P. in connection with $15 million subordinated notes issued by a portfolio company, and related subordination arrangements in respect of its senior secured revolving and letter of credit facilities.
  • Advised Gawker Media, LLC in a $22 million debtor-in-possession financing in connection with Chapter 11 proceedings.

Honors & Awards

  • Legal 500 (2016)
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, Rising Star (2016-2017)

Presentations & Speeches

Presenter, “Subordination and Intercreditor Agreements,” Practising Law Institute Asset Based Financing Strategies 2016 Webinar (February 29, 2016)

Education

  • BA (Jurisprudence), With Honors, 1991, Oxford University

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2002
  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 1997

Languages

  • French
  • Malay
Joanne De Silva is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Priority and Enforcement - Asset Based Financing Strategies 2017, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Intercreditor Agreements (Substantive Outline) - Asset Based Financing Strategies 2017, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Priority and Enforcement - Priority and Enforcement, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Priority and Enforcement - Priority and Enforcement, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Priority and Enforcement - Priority and Enforcement, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Asset Based Financing Strategies 2017, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, New York, NY
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