Jenner & Block

Highly Regarded Corporate Finance Attorney Brian Hart Joins Jenner & Block

Brian S. Hart has joined Jenner & Block’s Chicago office as a partner, where he will lead the Firm’s Corporate Finance Practice.  Mr. Hart brings more than 20 years of experience in handling complex corporate financing matters to the Firm’s growing Corporate Department. 

“We are thrilled that Brian is joining Jenner & Block,” said Susan C. Levy, Jenner & Block’s Managing Partner.  “His significant experience in handling a wide range of corporate finance matters will be of great value to our clients, and augment the already impressive capabilities of our growing Corporate Department.

"Mr. Hart represents public and private corporations, major financial institutions, and private equity funds in complex corporate financing matters. He focuses on secured syndicated finance, including senior, second lien and mezzanine financing, 144A senior and subordinated debt offerings, acquisition and recapitalization financing, cross-border financing, equipment lease financing, surety bonding matters, workouts and debt restructurings, debtor-in-possession financing and bankruptcy exit financing, and intercreditor, subordination and domestic and international collateral security matters.

“Brian’s significant experience in corporate finance matters is vital to our continued growth and our effort to provide exceptional service to public and private companies,” said Joseph P. Gromacki, Chair of Jenner & Block’s national Corporate Department.  “With his strong experience in representing the interests of operating companies, Brian’s capabilities will fit perfectly with our practice.”

“I am excited to join Jenner & Block,” said Mr. Hart. “I have known and respected the attorneys of Jenner & Block for many years, and the Firm’s values of exceptional client service and service to the community closely align with my own.”

Mr. Hart joins a thriving Corporate Practice at Jenner & Block.  Recently, for example, the Firm played a key role in the historic turnaround of General Motors, acting as lead outside counsel to GM in its recent record-breaking $23.1 billion Initial Public Offering – the largest IPO in global history – and in the “Section 363” sale of substantially all of its assets in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization.

In 2010, the Firm’s national corporate practice also successfully represented leading global defense contractor General Dynamics in several M&A and financing transactions; General Motors in securing a $5 billion revolving credit facility; major telecom services provider RCN in its billion-dollar plus sale to a private investment fund; and multiple dividend recapitalization transactions for affiliates of KPS Capital Partners.

In 2009-2010, Jenner & Block also represented its Chairman Anton R. Valukas in his closely watched role as Court-appointed Examiner in the Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. bankruptcy, producing an exhaustive report detailing the causes of the demise of the banking giant.  The Wall Street Journal said the report was a “master work” and The New York Times called it “the definitive account of the largest bankruptcy in American history.”

The Firm’s Corporate Department most recently has expanded in New York, with well known corporate lawyer Wesley Fredericks joining the Firm as the head of its New York Corporate Practice earlier this year, and Partners Kevin Collins and Jason Casella joining the New York Corporate Practice this month as well.