The State of the Leveraged finance markets
Presented by kirkland & Ellis LLP

This Lunch & Learn format panel, ‘The State of the Leverage Finance Markets’, presented by Kirkland & Ellis will feature a discussion of the state of the US loan and credit markets, and a discussion of the outlook for 2019.


W. Blake Holden (‘00)

Partner, Warburg Pincus

W. Blake Holden is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 2006 and is a member of the Capital Markets group. Mr. Holden focuses on structuring, negotiating & advising on debt and equity financings across the firm’s global portfolio. In addition, he manages the firm’s relationships with commercial banks, investment banks and direct lenders. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. Holden was at Deutsche Bank Securities in the Leveraged Finance group, where he focused on both corporate and financial sponsor transactions in the leveraged loan and bond markets. Mr. Holden serves on the Annual Fund Advisory Board at Duke University, as a Board member of Kids in Crisis, and as a Council member of the Wildlife Conservation Society. 

He received an A.B. from Duke University and an M.B.A. with honors in finance from Columbia Business School.


Joshua Lederman


Josh Lederman (New York) joined KKR in 2011 and is a member of KKR Capital Markets. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Lederman was with Morgan Stanley in the mergers and acquisitions group. He holds a B.A., with distinction, from Yale University.

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Moderator: Eric Wedel

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Eric Wedel is a nationally recognized partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Debt Finance Practice Group. Eric has extensive experience representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, in all types of both secured and unsecured lending transactions, including asset-based, first-lien, second-lien, mezzanine and high-yield transactions in connection with leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, public offerings, working capital financings/refinancings and restructurings.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 describes Eric as “an up-and-coming talent with an outstanding market reputation and broad expertise covering asset-based financings and high-yield transactions for both lenders and borrowers…‘he is an absolute all-star and has done an outstanding job.’ ‘His strong capabilities as a lawyer are underpinned by extremely developed technical knowledge of legal documents and corporate finance.’” In the 2019 edition of IFLR1000, Eric was selected as a Notable Practitioner for Banking, Capital Markets: Debt, Capital Markets: High yield and Mergers & Acquisitions. Since 2016, Eric has been commended by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star.” Eric’s representative clients include Warburg Pincus, KKR, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital, The Blackstone Group, EQT Partners and Starr Investment Holdings, among others. Eric received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Arizona.