Foley & Lardner announced today that Jamie Class has joined the firm’s Business Law Department and Finance Practice Group as a partner in its Boston office.
Class has more than 20 years’ experience representing U.S. and global clients as issuers of and investors in debt instruments in a wide variety of debt financing and restructuring transactions. She works with clients in a range of industries, including financial services, real estate investment, life sciences, high-tech, emerging energy technology, health care, retail and manufacturing.
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. In addition to traditional finance, Class has derivative/swap experience, and more general note purchase agreement and private placement lending experience.
In the past year alone, Class has helped close transactions totaling in excess of $10 billion. Her experience includes representing a publicly traded company in securing committed financing for an acquisition through the issuance of credit agreement debt and a tranche of notes. Class has also represented a client in the purchase and sale of royalty interests, has closed several rounds of senior, junior and mezzanine investments, and has advised clients on London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) transition matters and debt agreement provisions.
"Jamie’s practice strategically fits well within our existing finance group and extends our capabilities to support the firm’s transactional practices, including key industries such as financial services, project finance, energy, life sciences, manufacturing and real estate,” said Laura Bilas, chair of Foley’s Finance Practice Group. “The addition of Jamie’s experience provides significant potential for continued growth, and we are delighted to welcome her to the firm.”
Class comes to Foley from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston, where she was a member of the Corporate Practice Group. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her JD from Harvard Law School, from which she graduated cum laude.
“We continue to focus on expanding our capabilities in Boston with the addition of top lateral talent, and the addition of Jamie immediately deepens our bench strength and the services that we provide to our clients,” said Susan Pravda, managing partner of Foley’s Boston office. “Culturally, Jamie is also a good fit. She is engaging and collaborative and joins the firm with a view toward building relationships. She’s an excellent addition to the team.”