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Jennifer St. John Yount

Partner, Corporate Department
New York
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY
10166
United States

Fax: 1(212) 303-7008

Overview

Jennifer St. John Yount is the chair of the Paul Hastings Global Finance and Restructuring practice. Ms. Yount is based in the firm's New York office and leads a global team of finance and restructuring lawyers to service the firm's clients. Before settling in New York, she practiced in the firm's California offices. 

While Ms. Yount has a strategic focus on private credit and specialty lenders in both cross-border and U.S.-focused transactions, Ms. Yount also represents a wide range of traditional and investment banks. Her work for both banks and nonbanks includes acquisition financings, cash-flow, asset-based lending, distressed credit, special situations, and restructurings. She represents clients in all parts of the capital structure - senior, junior, first lien, second lien, first out, last out, super-senior, and preferred equity. 

Ms. Yount practiced in the bankruptcy courts before becoming a finance and restructuring lawyer. She has industry expertise in many business sectors, with a special focus on global software, technology and payment systems businesses, healthcare, retail, aircraft, automobiles, and in-transit inventory.  

Ms. Yount is a thought leader in the finance industry and speaks widely on the market challenges facing both traditional and nonbank lenders.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • The Legal 500, Finance - Commercial Lending: Advice to Lenders (2021)

  • Chambers USA, Leading attorney for Banking and Finance:

    • Jennifer "is one of the best attorneys in the direct lending field. She has a thorough grasp of market terms and knows how to dissect and analyze complicated, unique financing structures - she's a true pleasure to work with." ChambersUSA 2020

    • "Jennifer is often my first call when I have a legal question or topic, particularly complex issues. She knows how to get a deal done and is able to balance her extensive legal expertise with a business lens." Chambers USA 2019

    • Noted Practitioner in Banking and Finance. Chambers USA 2018

    • Jennifer is "very adept at finding resolutions to complex situations or issues during negotiations." Chambers USA 2017

    • "[H]er demeanor when approaching negotiations and solutions is outstanding." Chambers USA 2016

    • "Jennifer's command of the law is beyond impressive. When she gets on the phone and I am against sophisticated counsel, she sets my mind at rest because I know I am going to be protected." Chambers USA 2015

  • Honored among Crain's Notable Women in Law, a semi-annual series highlighting the top female lawyers in New York. 

  • The Secured Lender magazine - Leading Women in Asset-Based Finance

  • M&A Advisor, 40 under 40 Award Winner 

Education

  •  Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.

  •  University of California Santa Barbara, B.A.

Speaking Engagements

  • Paul Hastings Associate Training - Client Serve (Feb 2021)

  • Private Debt Investor Round Table - How a Crises-Hit Market is Taking Shape (Dec 2020)

  • Private Debt Investor Round Table - Paul Hastings: Covid-19 forces managers to be more creative (Oct 2020)

  • Credit Agreements - Client Presentation (Sep 2020)

  • Asset Based Lending - Strafford Presentation (May 2020)

  • Forbearance Agreements - Paul Hastings M&A Academy (Apr 2020)

  • Software Restructurings - Client Presentation (Dec 2019)

  • Paul Hastings Associate Training - Client Panel on the Importance of Client Service (Oct 2019)

  • Private Debt Investor - Guggenheim, Alliance Bernstein, and Vista Debt Fund - Software and Healthcare Lending (Sept 2019)

  • Paul Hastings Client Panel - Wells Fargo, RBC, and Bridgewater (Mar 2019)

  • Private Debt Investor - Client Panel - Structures and Market Trends (Sept 2018)

  • - The Secured Lender (Jan/Feb 2018)

  • The Real Deal on Retail - Panel on Retail Finance - Paul Hastings Breakfast Briefing in New York (Nov 2017)

  • Unitranche 3.0 - What You Don't Know About the Evolving Unitranche Market? - Private Debt Investor Forum in New York (Sept 2017)

  • The Convergence Between Large Cap and Middle Markets - Debtwire Middle Market Private Credit Forum in Los Angeles (July 2017)

  • Intercreditor Structures: A Comparison of U.S. and U.K. Law - The Loan Market Association in London (Mar 2017)

  • Cross-border Deals - Private Debt Investor Forum in London (Nov 2016)

  • Borrower in Distress? A Toolbox for Secured Lenders - The Secured Lender (Oct 2016)

  • Evaluating Key Intercreditor Arrangements: First Lien/Second Lien, Split Collateral, Senior/Mezzanine, and Unitranche Structures - Strafford Webinar (Jul 2016)

  • Reading Between the Liens: An Inside Look at Current Trends in the Credit Markets - Paul Hastings Breakfast Briefing in New York (May 2016)

  • RadioShack - Bankruptcy Court Implicitly Recognizes Enforceability of Agreement Among Lenders But Limits Coverage of First Out Contingent Indemnification Claims - Paul Hastings Client Alert (May 2015)

  • Predictions for Intercreditor Arrangements in 2015 and Beyond - The Devil Really is in the Details - The Secured Lender (Apr 2015)

  • Intercreditor Arrangements - Reading Between the Liens - LSTA Webinar (Jan 2015)

  • Speaking engagements at banking and lending institutions, including:

    • Structural Considerations in Acquisition Financings

    • Insolvency and Restructuring: A Comparison of U.K. and U.S. Law

    • Breaking Down Borders: Cross-border Deals and Blurring Lines between U.S. and Europe

    • Interlender Topics and Trends: Intercreditor Agreements, Subordination Agreements, and Agreements Among Lenders

    • Middle Market vs. Large Market Deals: Converging Markets

    • Unitranche Structures

    • Equity Co-Invest: How to Protect Your Minority Investment

Involvement

  • Secured Finance Network (formerly the Commercial Finance Association)

  • Private Debt Investor

  • Loan Syndications & Trading Association

  • Turnaround Management Association

  • Shane's Inspiration - Inclusive Playgrounds and Programs for Children

  • Institute for Educational Advancement

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