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Sanjay Thapar Joins Kramer Levin’s Leveraged Finance Group

May 16, 2017

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is pleased to announce that Sanjay Thapar has joined the firm as a partner in the Leveraged Finance group.

Mr. Thapar focuses his practice primarily on leveraged finance and capital market transactions providing loans to private equity-backed companies. He represents lead arrangers and senior and junior lenders in domestic and international financing transactions, including top-tier and mid-tier sponsor acquisition/leveraged buyout financings, and refinancing and recapitalization transactions, as well as workouts, debt restructurings and debtor-in-possession financings.

Mr. Thapar joins the firm from Paul Hastings, where he was a partner in the firm’s New York office. There, he represented large financial institutions and debt funds, including Bank of America, Barclays Bank, BMO Capital Markets, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Macquarie Capital, RBC Capital Markets and UBS, among others. He also is frequently designated as bank counsel by private equity sponsors.

Paul S. Pearlman, Managing Partner of Kramer Levin said, “Sanjay is a great addition to our expanding leverage finance practice, and he brings an exceptional reputation and a depth of experience that will significantly enhance the services we provide to our clients.”

Mr. Thapar was welcomed to Kramer Levin by Richard E. Farley, partner and chair of the firm’s Leveraged Finance group, who was a founding partner of the Paul Hastings leveraged finance practice before joining Kramer Levin in March 2016. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with Sanjay again,” said Mr. Farley. “His addition and relationships significantly enhance our ability to service multibank private equity sponsored financings. Sanjay is one of the most talented lawyers I know. Some of the world’s leading banks rely on Sanjay to help navigate major international leveraged finance transactions.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Kramer Levin,” said Mr. Thapar. “The firm’s expanding platform, which includes numerous experienced partners and senior-level practitioners, offers broad support to my practice and the service of complex multibank financings.”

Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Thapar was a counsel at Shearman & Sterling.

Kramer Levin’s leveraged finance practice is distinguished by its depth of experienced attorneys representing a large number of lenders in the largest, most complicated transactions, including multibank, multi-bidder private equity-sponsored leveraged buyout financings and other acquisition financings; refinancings; dividend recapitalizations; debt restructurings and workouts; debtor-in-possession and exit financings; and debt tenders, exchange offers and consent solicitations.

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