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Jamie N. Class

Special Counsel

Class, Jamie N.

Jamie Class is a special counsel who advises clients in structuring, negotiating and closing debt financing transactions and restructurings. Ms. Class has more than 20 years' experience representing US and global clients as issuers of and investors in debt instruments in a broad variety of debt financing and restructuring transactions. Over the last year, Ms. Class represented clients in closing transactions aggregating in excess of $10 billion.

Ms. Class is skilled at working with multiple parties to close syndicated secured and unsecured credit facilities, private placements and public offerings of securities, second lien notes, tender offers, exchange offers, consent solicitations, project finance transactions, tax exempt bond financings, acquisition financings, venture debt and convertible notes, and mezzanine financings. Jamie represents clients in debt restructurings, out of court work-outs, the negotiation of intercreditor and subordination arrangements, and bankruptcy matters, including the purchase and sale of distressed assets and debtor in possession financings.

Ms. Class represents clients in a range of other commercial transactions, including derivatives transactions, receivables sales, commercial law matters, letters of credits and other credit support arrangements. Ms. Class is an authority on lien and collateral matters, cross border pledge and acquisition financing transactions and complex debt matters. She also counsels clients on general corporate law matters.

Ms. Class works with clients in a range of industries, including financial services, real estate investment, biotechnology, high tech, emerging energy technology, healthcare, retail and manufacturing.

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May 15, 2018

WilmerHale Counsels Casella Waste Systems in Entering into $550M Credit Facility with Bank of America

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, announced that it has entered into a $550 million credit facility with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent and swing line lender, Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fener & Smith Incorporated, Citizens Bank, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. and Comerica Bank as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, and certain other agents and lenders.

May 3, 2018

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2018 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 95 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

April 12, 2018

WilmerHale Counsels MKS Instruments in Completing Fourth Repricing of Secured Term Loan and in Voluntary $50M Prepayment of Principal

On April 11, 2018, MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, announced another successful repricing of its existing secured term loan.

March 16, 2018

WilmerHale Counsels Casella Waste Systems in Industrial Revenue Bond Transactions

Casella Waste Systems, a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, announced two transactions relating to its industrial revenue bonds.

January 18, 2018

WilmerHale Represents WEX Inc. in Term Loan Repricing

On January 17, 2018, WEX Inc. (NYSE:WEX), a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, announced a successful repricing of its secured term loans under its existing credit facility.

January 8, 2018

WilmerHale Represents Ribbon Communications in Expanding Revolving Credit Facility to $100M

Ribbon Communications Inc., a global leader in secure and intelligent cloud communications, announced that it has entered into a $100 million Senior Secured Credit Facilities Credit Agreement with Silicon Valley Bank.

October 26, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Franklin Street Properties in $1B Recast of Unsecured Credit Facility

Franklin Street Properties Corporation announced that it has successfully entered into the following transactions: recast of existing unsecured credit facility into $1 billion facility and private placement of $200 million senior unsecured notes.

July 7, 2017

MKS Instruments Successfully Completes Third Repricing of Secured Term Loan

On July 6, 2017, MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, announced the third successful repricing of its existing secured term loan.

July 6, 2017

WilmerHale Represents WEX Inc. in Successful Term Loan Repricing

WEX Inc., a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, announced a successful repricing of the secured term loans under its existing credit facility.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

Speaking Engagements

May 16, 2018

MCLE: Handling Commercial Loan Transactions

Boston, Massachusetts

May 17, 2017

MCLE: Handling Commercial Loan Transactions

Boston, Massachusetts

May 11, 2016

MCLE: Handling Commercial Loan Transactions

Boston, Massachusetts

October 13, 2011

Project Development and Finance for Renewable Energy Projects

Boston, Massachusetts

Recent Highlights

Syndicated Loans, Public and Private Placements

  • Represented a real estate investment trust in unsecured institutional credit facilities and swap transactions
  • Represented a private client in structuring and negotiating a secured margin loan facility
  • Represented a publicly traded pharmaceutical company in issuing short term debt, a long term credit facility and unsecured notes, as well as in receivables sales, ISDA master agreements and Dodd-Frank compliance matters
  • Closed the contemporaneous issuance of a senior secured credit facility and the public offering of second lien secured and unsecured bonds
  • Represented a manufacturing company in closing an institutional credit facility, a 144A note offering and amendments of existing note facilities

Acquisition Financing

  • Represented a financial services company in closing a senior secured acquisition credit facility to purchase a publicly traded UK company
  • Represented the company in refinancing the term loan B and cross border guaranty and pledge arrangements in connection with tax restructuring arrangements following acquisition
  • Represented high tech client in connection with acquisition financing for private target and related swap transactions

Asset Based Lending

  • Represented venture fund in securing financing secured by capital call obligations
  • Represented clients in receivables financing and true sales transactions

Venture loans, Bridge Loans

  • Represented clients in issuing and investing in convertible notes and closing venture debt transactions

Public Finance

  • Represented a public company in connection with the issuance of $25 million of tax exempt bonds, and in refinancing to reset interest period
  • Represented client in the issuance of variable interest rate tax exempt bonds backed by letter of credit
  • Represented client in the issuance of tax exempt bonds issued in a term interest rate period

Project Finance

  • Represented clients in project financings of manufacturing facilities funded by federal government loans, loan guarantees and grant programs designed to promote alternative energy technology
  • Represented a developer of a water desalination plant in the project financing of a desalination facility in Massachusetts
  • Represented a developer in connection with a tax advantaged sale leaseback financing facility to finance solar photovoltaic projects, and in the negotiation of the related site lease, power purchase agreements and project documents

Debt Restructurings

  • Represented the first lien agent and a committee of secured first lien bondholders in the out of court restructuring of bonds issued by a leading commodities broker, and in consents and waivers after closing relating to broker acquisitions of additional business lines
  • Closed the restructuring of senior secured debt, second lien notes and unsecured subordinated notes through a tender offer and consent solicitation, and a new unsecured note offering
  • Advised minority bondholder group in an exchange offer for secured first lien notes
  • Represented a group of bondholders in the Chapter 11 reorganization of nursing home facilities

Professional Activities

Ms. Class is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association.

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Education

JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1991

BA, Hampshire College, 1985

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

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