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Barbara A. Kaye

Vice Chair, Corporate Department


University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Phi Beta Kappa
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • with highest distinction

Prior Employment

  • Dykema Gossett PLLC, Attorney, 1986-2007

Bar Admissions


  • Justice Charles Levin, Michigan Supreme Court, Clerk, 1985

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Business Law Section

  • Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions
    • Private Target Study Working Group, Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Study, 2007-present

Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Business Law Advisory Board Member, 2006-2011

News & Resources


Ms. Kaye is an accomplished corporate attorney with significant experience representing public and private sector clients on a broad array of transactions.

  • Counsels clients on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Assists clients with syndicated financings, private debt placement, 144A high yield offerings and debt restructurings
  • Advises clients regarding private equity financing transactions at the senior credit and mezzanine levels
  • Represents private equity funds in senior and mezzanine financings in connection with acquisitions of privately held companies
  • Represents publicly traded REITs in institutional private placements
  • Counsels privately held companies in refinancing company debt


  • Represented gaming company in $1.05 billion first lien and second lien notes
  • Represented private equity fund in senior and mezzanine financing in connection with acquisition
  • Represented Quicken Loans in its issuance of $1.250 billion senior notes
  • Advised private equity fund as a mezzanine lender in connection with acquisition of privately held company
  • Represented portfolio company in $62 million senior and mezzanine financing in acquisition by SPAC
  • Counseled manufacturing company in $225 million management leveraged buy out
  • Advised entrepreneurial company in dividend recapitalizations
  • Counseled global automotive supplier in its issuance of senior notes and senior subordinated notes aggregating $455 million in principal amount; several consent solicitations were undertaken on behalf of this issuer
  • Represented global automotive supplier in its issuance of $200 million principal amount of subordinated notes; a consent solicitation was undertaken on behalf of this issuer
  • Advised global automotive supplier in its issuance of $200 million principal amount of subordinated notes
  • Counseled gaming company in its $570 million senior secured credit facility, $380 million senior subordinated notes and $125 million FF & E financing
  • Assisted gaming company in its issuance of $300 million principal amount of senior notes
  • Advised gaming company in its issuance of senior secured notes (including a tack-on offering), senior notes and senior discount notes aggregating approximately $305 million in principal amount
  • Represented publicly traded infrastructure company in private placement of $100 million of senior notes
  • Counseled publicly traded information systems company in private placement of $40.0 million of senior notes
Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions
  • Represented privately held global company in health care BPO industry in acquiring several domestic companies
  • Represented employee owned agency network in multiple acquisitions in the marketing industry
  • Represented the Detroit Institute of Arts drafting documents to implement the "Grand Bargain"
  • Advised in the sale of NBA team to private equity investor
  • Represented casino gaming joint ventures in multiple jurisdictions
  • Counseled client in "roll-up" of event, digital and social marketing agencies by privately held company
  • Advised Chinese acquirer of global automotive operations from Tier 1 automotive supplier
  • Represented OEM in acquisition of global automotive operations from Tier 1 automotive supplier
  • Counseled OEM affiliate in disposition of domestic auto operations
  • Advised privately held, multi-jurisdictional gaming company in acquisition of subsidiary from publicly traded multi-jurisdictional gaming company
  • Represented private equity company in the information technology industry in disposition of one of its business units and subsequent repurchase of substantial portion of the assets
  • Counseled publicly held manufacturing company in acquisition of several privately held entities and disposition of selected business units
  • Assisted privately held company in acquisition of NHL hockey team
  • Advised automotive suppliers and gaming companies in restructuring

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Press Releases


Seminars & Events


  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2011-2016
    • Recognized as one of America's leading business lawyers in the Corporate/M&A field; Chambers states:
      • 2016 – "According to observers, Barbara Kaye has 'tremendous attention to detail and is very timely' in her advice to both public and private companies. She represents clients in an array of commercial finance transactions, including business combinations, debt restructurings and private equity deals."
      • 2015 – "Barbara Kaye is 'very smart and a very good communicator when negotiating terms and conditions.' She is recognized for her strengths in M&A, and for her advice to clients on high-yield offerings and syndicated financing."
      • 2014 – “Recognized as ‘a capable, smart and practical lawyer' and is ‘well respected in the legal community.’ She is noted for her work representing public and private sector clients in a range of areas including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.”
      • 2013 – "Barbara is a key player at the firm. She focuses her practice on private equity and corporate finance."
      • 2012 – "Barbara Kaye is considered an experienced and impressive lawyer by sources. She is especially renowned for her expertise in private equity transactions, syndicated financings and debt restructurings."
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2017
    • 2017 Ann Arbor Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year"
    • 2015 Ann Arbor Mergers and Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named one of 30 “Women in the Law” for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2013-2016
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2012-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated 
  • The American Lawyer Magazine
    • 2013 Women Leaders in the Law Top Rated Lawyer®
    • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in ‘Banking and Finance Law’
    • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in 'Securities Law'

Academic Appointments

  • University of Michigan Law School, Joint Ventures, Adjunct Professor, 2014-2017