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Kristopher J. Ring

Partner
kristopher.ring@kattenlaw.com
Los Angeles – Century City Office
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Overview

Kristopher Ring is a Commercial Finance partner in Katten's Los Angeles – Century City office. Kris focuses his practice on all aspects of corporate finance, including the representation of private equity groups, hedge funds, public and private companies, financial institutions, and other capital sources in a multitude of complex financing arrangements of all dollar sizes, including leveraged buyouts, cross-border transactions, dividend recapitalizations, workouts and restructurings, special situation financings, and subscription facilities.

Kris has substantial experience in negotiating, documenting and closing transactions for clients and companies involved in a diverse group of industries in a wide range of transaction structure types, including: senior secured and unsecured financings; first lien and second lien financings; asset-based loan facilities; cash flow facilities; mezzanine and other subordinated financings; unitranche financings; split collateral structures; debtor-in-possession financings; and capital call facilities.

Prior to joining Katten, Kris was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

During law school, Kris was the executive articles editor of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy.

Shown below is a selection of Kristopher’s engagements.

Experience
  • Representation of a private equity investment firm in its dividend recapitalization for a provider of systems lifecycle management, endpoint security and IT service management solutions for desktops, servers and mobile devices.
  • Representation of a San Francisco-based private equity firm in:
    • ABL/term loan acquisition financing for a family footwear retailer;
    • refinancing of credit facilities of a retailer of sportswear, outerwear, gear and accessories for outdoor activities;
    • debt and equity investment in a women’s apparel and accessories retailer; and
    • refinancing of debt investment in a specialty jewelry retailer.
  • Representation of a global alternative investment management firm, its strategic credit group and its energy group in:
    • acquisition financing (and later dividend recapitalization) for a diversified global manufacturer of wood preservation chemistry and technology, and a specialty service provider to the utilities and railroad industries;
    • together with a Los Angeles-based, global private equity firm, first and second lien financing facilities for the merger between two producers and distributors of radio programming;
    • debt investment in a provider of wet wipe products;
    • financing for an energy service company;
    • financing for a shipping investment management company; and
    • debt investment in a provider of electronic payments solutions.
  • Representation of an independent, Los Angeles-based investment management firm in:
    • acquisition financing for material handling products business of a global provider of equipment and services for the energy industry;
    • acquisition financing for a global specialty clinical laboratory specializing in testing that supports the personalized diagnosis, treatment and prevention of chronic disease;
    • dividend recapitalization for a manufacturer and distributor of taxidermy supplies;
    • dividend recapitalization for a strategic brand management company with a focus on franchising;
    • dividend recapitalization for a supplier of proprietary nail and beauty care products;
    • dividend recapitalization for a provider of accident avoidance training for fleet vehicle drivers;
    • financing for a franchisor in the custom sign and graphics industry; and
    • financing for an environmental consulting firm that specializes in providing compliance-driven air-quality services.
  • Representation of a Los Angeles-based alternative investment firm in:
    • acquisition financing for a business information and events company;
    • acquisition financing for a provider of sports, news and agriculture programming;
    • financing for an investment in a health care communications agency;
    • debt investment in a provider of mobile advertising technology; and
    • debt and equity investment in a provider of media and marketing services.
  • Representation of a Los Angeles-based investment firm in:
    • recapitalization of a provider of telecommunications products and accessories; and
    • financing for an investment in a provider of in-building wireless software.
  • Representation of a New York-based private equity firm in:
    • acquisition financing for a restaurant franchisor;
    • acquisition financing for a designer, manufacturer and marketer of specialty automotive aftermarket performance products;
    • recapitalization of a provider of management services to physicians specializing in interventional pain management procedures focused on relieving back and neck pain; and
    • recapitalization of a home care and medical staffing services franchisor.
  • Representation of a San Francisco-based private equity firm in:
    • acquisition financing for a consumer health care manufacturer and marketer of personal care and over-the-counter products; and
    • financing for a for-profit educational institution company.
  • Representation of a global private equity investment firm and its debt funds in:
    • acquisition financing for a demand-management software and systems provider for utilities and other energy suppliers; and
    • financing for the combination of two commercial and industrial demand response businesses into a stand-alone company.
  • Representation of a global private equity firm in:
    • acquisition financing for a provider of security solutions for cyber attacks and data theft; and
    • subscription facility financings for certain of the private equity firm's funds.
  • Representation of a technology investment firm in its financing for an investment in a financial software provider.
  • Representation of a San Francisco-based private equity firm in its acquisition of a technology provider to the digital audio industry.
  • Representation of a private equity investment firm in its acquisition financing for a manufacturer, distributor and multi-channel retailer of educational products.
  • Representation of an energy company in its Chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Representation of a power producing company in its Chapter 11 restructuring of senior unsecured notes and other obligations.
  • Representation of a provider of processing services for the real estate finance industry in connection with its out-of-court restructuring.
  • Representation of senior lenders in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of a developer of software and electronics products for the arts and crafts market.

Recognition

Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016
Legal 500, 2017
Kristopher J. Ring

Education

  • JD, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • BBA, Western Illinois University, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Georgia
  • Illinois

Recognition

Super Lawyers Rising Stars
2016
Legal 500
2017
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Memberships

  • California State Bar Commercial Transactions Committee