We guide clients through today's ever-changing debt markets, representing them in a broad variety of debt deals that range from complex financial structures to traditional loan transactions.

WilmerHale's debt finance lawyers provide sophisticated and knowledgeable representation to clients from a wide range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, investment, financial services, real estate and food products. As these clients work to issue, lend and buy debt instruments in a broad spectrum of transactions, we work to find the practical business solutions necessary to get the deals done. With the support of seasoned lawyers from the firm's corporate, securities, life sciences, intellectual property and other practices spanning the United States, Europe and Asia, we are equipped to address the specific needs of clients in even the most complex transactions.


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Sigel, John

John D. Sigel


+1 617 526 6728 (t)

Ochs, Justin L.

Justin L. Ochs

Vice Chair, Corporate Practice Group

+1 202 663 6303 (t)

Ochs, Justin L.

Justin L. Ochs


+1 202 663 6303 (t)

Robinson, Erika L.

Erika L. Robinson


+1 202 663 6402 (t)

Sigel, John

John D. Sigel


+1 617 526 6728 (t)

Class, Jamie N.

Jamie N. Class

Special Counsel

+1 617 526 6871 (t)

French, Eric

Eric French

Senior Associate

+1 617 526 6665 (t)


Ellie Guadiana

Senior Associate

+1 213 443 5341 (t)

Tierney, Brandt

Brandt M. Tierney

Senior Associate

+1 202 663 6951 (t)


Our debt finance team represents clients such as Staples, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Cimpress, Hasbro, Dean Foods and Discovery Communications in the following transactions:

  • syndicated senior, second lien and mezzanine-secured debt transactions;
  • acquisition and other leveraged financings;
  • public finance, including placements of senior, subordinated, and exchangeable notes and debentures and the underwriting and sales of various public debt offerings;
  • asset-based financings;
  • letters of credit and other credit support arrangements;
  • operating and capitalized lease facilities and other vendor and trade financings;
  • receivables, securitizations and other specialty finance arrangements, including royalty stream monetization and aircraft financing;
  • project finance transactions;
  • venture and capital call arrangements; and
  • derivatives.

Publications & News


March 30, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Curis in $45M Debt Transaction with HealthCare Royalty Partners

Curis, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative and effective drug candidates for the treatment of human cancers, announced a $45 million debt transaction with HealthCare Royalty Partners.

January 11, 2017

ConforMIS Inc. Secures $50M in Debt Financing From Oxford Finance

The WilmerHale deal team representing CFMS includes Partner John Sigel, Special Counsel Jamie Class and Senior Associate Lina Jun.

July 20, 2016

WilmerHale Advises PerkinElmer in €500M Eurobond Offering

PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, announced that it has completed a public offering of €500 million aggregate principal amount of 1.875% Senior Notes due 2026 at an issue price of 99.118% of the principal amount.

July 18, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Intercept Pharmaceuticals in $460M Public Offering

Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat non-viral, progressive liver diseases, has announced the closing of an underwritten public offering of $460 million aggregate principal amount of 3.25% convertible senior notes due 2023.

June 2, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels State Street in $1.5B Debt Offering

State Street Corporation, one of the world's leading providers of financial services to institutional investors, including investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading, recently announced a $1.5 billion debt offering.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 9, 2016

Cross-Border, Cross-Debtor, Multi-Debtor Issues in Proceedings

In this article published in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXV, No. 5, George Shuster and Benjamin Loveland explore cross-border cases, which can present complex problems between the debtor and its creditors, and the complexities in the relationships among international debtors from the same corporate family.

March 11, 2016

PAREXEL Closes $750M Unsecured Loan

WilmerHale represented PAREXEL International Corporation—a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization—in a $750 million unsecured term loan and revolving credit facility, which closed on March 11, 2016.

February 23, 2016

WilmerHale Advises MKS Instruments on $980 Million Acquisition of Newport Corporation

WilmerHale is advising its long-time client MKS Instruments, Inc. on its acquisition of Newport Corporation in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $980 million.

October 20, 2015

WEX Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Electronic Funds Source LLC

WEX Inc. announced it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Electronic Funds Source LLC (EFS) for a total consideration of approximately $1.1 billion in cash and 4.0 million shares of common stock to be issued to investment funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus, EFS’ current owner.