Jeffrey M. Kayes is Of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP, practicing in the firm’s Financial Transactions Group. Mr. Kayes focuses on the representation of financial institutions, other institutional lenders, and borrowers in complex debt and equity financings. He also represents developers and other investors in early-stage power project development. Mr. Kayes has extensive experience in leveraged acquisition finance and project finance, including the development and financing of manufacturing facilities and renewable energy projects. He has advised clients in connection with bilateral and syndicated facilities, asset- and cash‑flow-based facilities, domestic and cross-border loans, letter of credit financings, vendor financings, private placements of debt securities, and bankruptcy-related financings.
He has represented clients operating in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, clean technology, finance, gaming, renewable energy, semiconductors, and software, among others.
Mr. Kayes is recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 US 2013 in the areas of Project Finance as well as Renewable/Alternative Energy. In addition, Mr. Kayes was named a 2012 “Rising Star” by Northern California Super Lawyers, an honor recognizing the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Kayes acted as Senior Legal Counsel for Solar Trust of America / Solar Millennium, a solar developer, addressing financing issues concerning the construction of the world’s largest solar field. Earlier in his career, he practiced at Latham & Watkins.
Mr. Kayes previously served as a member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California.