Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Kimberlee S. Cagle as a partner in its Financial Industry Group (FIG). Her practice in the Houston office will focus on representing commercial banks, financial institutions, and borrowers in structuring, negotiating, and documenting financing transactions, with particular emphasis on financing transactions in the oil and gas industry (including upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, as well as energy services).

Prior to joining Reed Smith, Cagle was a partner in the Finance Practice at Burleson LLP, Houston.

“Kim extends our financial services capability in Houston and firmwide,” said Tamara Box, Global Chair of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group.” “Her capabilities and client mix are strongly aligned with those of FIG and our Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group, and she has many connections in Texas, New York and other global markets that will be valuable as we expand our presence and reach in borrower and lender services.”

Cagle’s experience includes energy lending, leveraged acquisitions, and senior and subordinated debt financings. She also works with asset-based lending transactions, project financings, and letters of credit transactions, and has experience in derivatives, receivables securitization, leveraged cross-border leases and synthetic leases.

A 1987 graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law, she also has advised commercial banks and financial institutions on bank regulatory matters, compliance with interest rate limitations, and other lending issues, as well as represented clients in the sale, purchase, transport, and storage of crude oil and petroleum products, and in commodity swap transactions.

“Reed Smith is a perfect fit for my practice, and I look forward to working again with my former colleague Gary Johnson,” said Cagle. “The strength and international reputation of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry and Energy & Natural Resources Industry Groups will be great assets in expanding the representation of my current clients and reconnecting with former ones. I am very enthusiastic about the growth opportunities Reed Smith provides.”

Prior to joining Burleson, Cagle was a partner at Mayer, Brown, & Platt from 1997 to 1999, and an associate with the same firm from 1987. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Second Chance Poms, Inc., an animal rescue group, and a partner at RESULTS, a grassroots advocacy group dedicated to eradicating poverty.

“Kim’s strong, positive relationships with Houston-area financial institutions and energy companies will be a real asset for our office,” said David Thompson, Reed Smith’s Houston Integration Partner and a member of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group. “We have significant demand for her skill set in Houston, and she will further enhance our financial services offerings in this market and across the Reed Smith platform.”

Cagle is also the second partner to join the firm’s Houston office this month. Kevin Cadwell, the newest member of its Intellectual Property, Information and Innovation Practice, was added to the office February 2.

Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group of more than 240 lawyers is one of the largest dedicated practices serving the global financial sector. It advises domestic and global banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, mortgage bankers, investment banks, and investment management companies and advisors, leveraging the skills of its financial litigation, finance and lending, investment management, financial regulatory, commercial restructuring and bankruptcy, and M&A practices to serve clients in multiple jurisdictions.

The FIG’s cross-border strategy enables Reed Smith to represent nine of the ten top U.S. banks, the top ten banks in Europe and the top ten banks in Asia.

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