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Joshua Thompson is Head of the Global Leveraged Finance Group, Head of Private Capital and a partner in the Finance practice.

He focuses on complex financings, including acquisition financings and other leveraged lending (including leveraged buyouts, tender offers and other going private transactions), structured financings, asset-based lending, second lien financings and mezzanine investments. He also has extensive experience representing debtors, creditors, management and investors in complex restructurings, work-outs, bankruptcies and acquisitions of troubled companies. As counsel for lead arrangers, direct lenders and private equity sponsors, Josh is involved in all aspects of deal structuring, negotiation and documentation. Josh maintains an active practice in structuring and advising finance companies and other private capital debt providers.

Josh represents the world’s leading financial institutions – including banks, non-bank credit providers, private equity firms and hedge funds – on their most important matters across a broad range of industries and sectors. He also regularly advises major global corporate borrowers (including The Dow Chemical Company and ICE). His clients also include BAML, Credit Suisse, Jefferies, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of Montreal, Guggenheim, Prudential Capital, Houlihan Lokey, Stifel Nicolaus and Macquarie.

Josh is recognized by Chambers USA and his clients have noted to Chambers that he is “a brilliant lawyer and one of the fastest people I've ever met in terms of understanding issues”.

Josh is the former general counsel of Jefferies Finance.