Michael W. Kaufman


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Michael W. Kaufman, chair of Day Pitney's Institutional Finance and Commercial Lending group, represents lenders and borrowers across numerous industries, including manufacturing, media, food service, retail and telecommunications. He has over 15 years of experience assisting clients with a range of financing matters. His practice involves all aspects of secured and unsecured bank, mezzanine, and other senior and subordinated lending. Michael represents borrowers, banks, funds and other lenders. He guides clients through the complexities of subordination and intercreditor arrangements, the negotiation of financial covenants and the perfection of collateral.

Michael represents private equity clients in connection with the financing of acquisitions across a range of industries. He coordinates closely with the firm’s mergers and acquisitions attorneys to ensure that the lending arrangements are in hand when a deal is set to close. He also advises private equity clients in connection with the refinancing of indebtedness of portfolio companies.

As a subset of his practice, Michael represents financial institutions in connection with loans to individuals, or their investment vehicles, secured by fine art, hedge fund interests and other assets. He has assisted his clients with credit facilities secured by artworks of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock and others.


Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Represented mezzanine lenders in connection with debt financings of a manufacturer of branded and private label specialty medical products, an independent battery distributor, a manufacturer of water treatment chemicals, a designer and manufacturer of advanced drilling machinery, a provider of linen services, a radio company, a medical research company and a digital promotions agency

Represented a private equity sponsor in connection with the acquisition financing of a cabinet manufacturer

Represented an electrical services company in connection with a secured term loan facility and a separate factoring facility

Represented banks in connection with the extensions of senior secured credit facilities to a leading chain of spas and salons and a leading managed hosting and cloud provider

Representation of private lending financial institutions in connection with loans secured by fine art and loans secured by hedge fund interests

Represented a private equity firm in connection with the financing of the acquisition of a packaging adhesives company

Represented a leading provider of backup, disaster recovery and intelligent business continuity solutions in connection with the financing of an acquisition

Represented a group of investors led by a private equity firm in financing the acquisition of a provider of materials-based solutions for handling, processing, marking and packaging high-value technology and medical components

Education and Credentials

Columbia Law School, J.D., Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
Cornell University, B.A., with distinction
State of Connecticut
State of New York
Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Finance Section, Former Committee Chairman

Recognition and Community


Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Secretary, Board of Directors