Jane Summers is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. She is a member of the firm's Finance Department and Banking Practice, where she focuses primarily on representing major financial institutions in leveraged finance transactions, including acquisition financings, cross-border financings, asset-based facilities, and other senior secured lending transactions, as well as in connection with strategic purchases of distressed debt. Ms. Summers also advises loan market participants on strategic initiatives designed to address structural issues in the syndicated lending and loan trading markets, speaks frequently on market trends, and serves as an expert witness and consultant involving questions critical to market practices. She is a member of the firm’s Ethics Committee, Finance Committee and is former Co-Chair of Latham's Women Enriching Business Committee in New York.
Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Summers served as executive vice president and general counsel of the Loan Syndications & Trading Association (LSTA), the industry organization for the corporate loan market. While at the LSTA, Ms. Summers was responsible for developing and managing the organization's legal, documentation, and regulatory strategies for key industry issues that establish standard market practices and procedures. Ms. Summers was appointed the LSTA's first general counsel in 2000. Ms. Summers spent the first decade of her career in the leveraged finance group at another major law firm, following which she served as deputy general counsel for Barclays in the Americas.
Ms. Summers is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section's Syndications and Lender Relations Subcommittee, the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and its Committee on Women in the Profession.