Katherine Bell is a partner in the Finance and Restructuring practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Orange County, California office. Her practice focuses on commercial and corporate finance transactions. Ms. Bell regularly represents commercial banks, investment banks, finance companies, other lenders, and borrowers in working capital facilities (cash flow and asset-based), acquisition financings, structured financings, and other leveraged finance transactions including leveraged buyouts, restructurings, and recapitalizations. Ms. Bell has significant experience negotiating intercreditor relationships, including 1st Lien/2nd Lien transactions, split collateral arrangements, and unitranche “A/B” transactions. She has industry experience in a variety of business sectors and has considerable experience in cross-border transactions.

Ms. Bell has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading finance lawyer, being named to the “Up and Coming Finance Lawyer of the Year” shortlist in 2012 and recognized in their rankings of banking and finance lawyers as “Up and Coming” in 2014 and as an “Associate to Watch” in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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  • California—Cross-border banking and finance guide
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      Member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference
      Co-Chair of the Commercial Transactions Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California
      Member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Orange County Bar Association
      Committee Member of the Women in Commercial Finance Committee of the Commercial Finance Association