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Jennifer L. Hobbs
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-3524
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Cited as a “national star in financings of leveraged acquisitions” by Lawdragon and selected as one of its 500 Leading Lawyers in America in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Jennifer focuses on acquisition finance and advises on a broad range of financings for many of the Firm’s leading private equity and corporate clients. Her primary clients include Silver Lake Partners and the private equity group at Goldman Sachs, together with their portfolio companies. Over the years, she has also represented private equity clients Apax Partners, BC Partners, Hellman & Friedman, EQT Partners and Warburg Pincus. Her corporate clients include Mars, Incorporated, Dell, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Accenture and Aramark Corporation. The American Lawyer named Jennifer one of the nation’s top “45 Under 45” women attorneys recognizing her talents as “an acquisition finance whiz” early in her career. 

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Work Highlights
  • Dell, Inc. in connection with its $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corporation
  • Mars, Inc. in connection with their announced $9.1 billion acquisition of VCA Inc. 
  • Symantec Corporation in connection with its $4.65 billion acquisition of Blue Coat Inc. and its announced $2.3 billion acquisition of LifeLock, Inc.
  • EQT Partners in connection with their $2.35 billion acquisition of Press Ganey, Inc., EQT’s first direct investment in North America
  • BC Partners-led consortium in the financing for its $8.7 billion acquisition of PetSmart, Inc.
  • Silver Lake in numerous acquisition financings, including for its acquisition of 65% of Skype Technologies from eBay and the historic $11.3 billion acquisition of SunGard Data Systems by a consortium of major private equity sponsors led by Silver Lake
  • Ford Motor Company in over $18 billion of secured credit facilities, the largest leveraged financing of its kind at the time
Accolades
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2015, 2016)
  • Lawdragon Magazine, 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • Euromoney’s American Women in Business Law Awards, “Best in Banking and Finance” (2014)
  • The American Lawyer, Top “45 Under 45” Women Lawyers (2011)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2010, 2012)
Education
  • New York University School of Law, 1997 J.D.
    New York University Law Review, 1995–1997
  • Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs, 1992 M.I.A.
  • University of Texas, 1989 B.A.
    Phi Beta Kappa; With High Honors; Dean's List
Admissions
  • New York 2000

Jennifer Hobbs is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department.  Cited as a “national star in financings of leveraged acquisitions” by Lawdragon and selected as one of its 500 Leading Lawyers in America in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Jennifer focuses on acquisition finance and advises on a broad range of financings for many of the Firm’s leading private equity and corporate clients. Her primary clients include Silver Lake Partners and the private equity group at Goldman Sachs, together with their portfolio companies. Over the years, she has also represented private equity clients Apax Partners, BC Partners, Hellman & Friedman, EQT Partners and Warburg Pincus. Her corporate clients include Mars, Incorporated, Dell, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Accenture and Aramark Corporation.

Jennifer’s recent acquisition finance experience includes the following representations:

  • Mars, Inc. in connection with their announced $9.1 billion acquisition of VCA Inc.
  • Dell, Inc. in connection with its $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corporation.
  • EQT Partners in connection with their $2.35 billion acquisition of Press Ganey, Inc., EQT’s first direct investment in North America.
  • WME Entertainment and co-investors Silver Lake and KKR in connection their acquisition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  • Symantec Corporation in connection with its $4.65 billion acquisition of Blue Coat Inc. and its announced $2.3 billion acquisition of LifeLock, Inc.
  • Warbug Pincus in connection with its acquisition of VistaPharm.
  • BC Partners-led consortium in connection with its $8.7 billion acquisition of PetSmart, Inc.
  • Goldman Sachs-led consortium in connection with its $3 billion acquisition of Flint Group GmbH.
  • Silver Lake Partners and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment in connection with their acquisition of IMG Worldwide.
  • Silver Lake Partners and Michael Dell in connection with their $24.7 billion acquisition of Dell, Inc.

Some of Jennifer’s historic representations have included.

  • Mars, Inc., in connection with over $22 billion of debt financing for its acquisition of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.
  • Goldman Sachs-led consortium in connection with the debt financing for the $22 billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan and subsequently Kinder Morgan in connection the debt financing for its $38 billion acquisition of El Paso Corporation.
  • Silver Lake Partners in connection with financings for their acquisitions of Ancestry.com, Smart Modular Technologies, Multiplan Holdings Inc., Interactive Data Corporation, IPC Systems, Inc., Skype, Avago Technologies and SunGard Data Systems, Inc., and a number of Silver Lake portfolio companies, including Virtu Financial LLC, Mercury Payment Systems, Inc., and Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc., on significant debt financings.
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with the financings of their acquisitions of Safe-Guard, Drayer Physical Therapy, TransUnion Corp., Associated Asphalt Partners, Alliance Atlantis Communications, USI Holdings Corporation and McJunkin Corporation.
  • Ford Motor Company in connection with over $18 billion of secured bank financing

Jennifer’s accolades include:

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2015, 2016)
  • Lawdragon Magazine, 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Euromoney’s American Women in Business Law Awards, “Best in Banking and Finance” (2014)
  • The American Lawyer, Top “45 Under 45” Women Lawyers (2011)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2010, 2012)

Jennifer received her J.D. from New York University in 1997, where she was a member of the NYU Law Review. She received her Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs in 1992 and her B.A., with high honors, from the University of Texas in 1989, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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