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Jennifer J. Levitt
 

Jennifer J. Levitt

Partner
 
1999 Avenue of the Stars – 29th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067 
 
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Jennifer Levitt is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she is a member of the Banking and Credit Practice. Jennifer regularly represents financial sponsors in connection with debt financings for their private equity, real estate, infrastructure, mezzanine debt and other investment funds. She has extensive experience in complicated financings designed to provide fund-level leverage to facilitate and support investment activities, including subscription facilities, NAV facilities, margin loans, other forms of back-leverage and GP stake investments. Jennifer has represented clients including BlackRock, Blackstone, Carlyle, Centerbridge, JPMorgan, KKR, KSL Capital Partners, Oaktree Capital Management, Silver Lake Partners and Sixth Street Partners.

A leading advisor, Jennifer was recently named among the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2022 “Women of Influence: Attorneys” for her work on novel and complex matters and a “West Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer, which honors practitioners who have moved the needle in the legal industry. In addition, Jennifer has been recognized with the Fund Finance Association’s Annual Contribution to the Industry Award for 2022, an award that aims to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the prior year and demonstrated outstanding overall contributions to the Fund Finance industry, their firms and clients.

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Work Highlights
  • Margin loans secured by significant equity stakes of publicly-traded issuers, diversified portfolios of securities and/or debt.
  • NAV-based facilities and hybrid variations secured by portfolio investments and other fund-level assets
  • Subscription (or capital call) facilities secured by uncalled capital commitments and related rights, with borrowing base capacity for the fund, as well as its parallel funds, alternative investment vehicles and portfolio companies.
  • Unsecured demand lines with an uncalled capital coverage requirement.
  • Fund guarantees of portfolio level investments.
  • Co-investment loan programs made available, directly or indirectly, to employees and secured by their fund interests.
  • Management lines provided to investment advisors for working capital purposes.
Accolades
  • The American Lawyer “West Trailblazer” (2021)
Education
  • Harvard Law School, 2001 J.D.
    cum laude
  • Duke University, 1997 B.A.
    magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Clerkships
  • Hon. J. Spencer Letts, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court 2001–2002
Admissions
  • California 2002
  • New York 2003

Jennifer Levitt is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she is a member of the Banking and Credit Practice. Jennifer regularly represents financial sponsors in connection with debt financings for their private equity, real estate, infrastructure, mezzanine debt and other investment funds. She has extensive experience in complicated financings designed to provide fund-level leverage to facilitate and support investment activities, including subscription facilities, NAV facilities, margin loans, other forms of back-leverage and GP stake investments. Jennifer has represented clients including BlackRock, Blackstone, Carlyle, Centerbridge, JPMorgan, KKR, KSL Capital Partners, Oaktree Capital Management, Silver Lake Partners and Sixth Street Partners.

A leading advisor, Jennifer was recently named among the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2022 “Women of Influence: Attorneys” for her work on novel and complex matters and a “West Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer, which honors practitioners who have moved the needle in the legal industry. In addition, Jennifer has been recognized with the Fund Finance Association’s Annual Contribution to the Industry Award for 2022, an award that aims to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the prior year and demonstrated outstanding overall contributions to the Fund Finance industry, their firms and clients.

Jennifer received her J.D., cum laude, in 2001 from Harvard Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1997 from Duke University. She joined the Firm in 2002 following a clerkship with the Honorable J. Spencer Letts in the U.S. District Court. Jennifer is admitted to practice in California and New York.

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      Jennifer Levitt Named Among 2022 “Women of Influence: Attorneys” by Los Angeles Business Journal
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      Jennifer Levitt Recognized with Fund Finance Association’s 2022 Annual Contribution to the Industry Award
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      Jennifer Levitt Named One of 2021 “West Trailblazers” by The American Lawyer