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Kent Brown

  • Head of Debt Advisory Group
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Kent Brown, Managing Director and Head of Capstone Headwaters' Debt Advisory Group, brings over 30 years of corporate debt placement and advisory experience having served as the senior banker on 100+ closed corporate debt transactions during his career for both corporate and sponsor-backed clients.

Kent has extensive experience in arranging various forms of middle-market corporate debt, including leveraged loans, asset-based loans, subordinated debt, second-lien and unitranche facilities, syndicated credit facilities, venture debt, equipment leases, private securitizations, sale-leasebacks, and mortgages, among other structures. Client engagements have involved most industry categories, including financial services, healthcare, consumer products and services, retail, technology, industrial, commercial services, and business services, among others. In particular, Kent has gained considerable experience within the Financial Services industry, having completed over 20 engagements involving senior debt, junior debt, equity capital, and M&A transactions for non-bank specialty finance clients within both the commercial and consumer finance sectors. 

Previously, Kent was a Managing Director at William Blair & Company, a global investment banking and asset management firm, where he worked for over 25 years within the firm’s corporate debt advisory group. Kent began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he worked with corporate clients within both the audit and corporate tax divisions. 


University of Chicago - MBA - Finance

University of Colorado at Boulder - BS - Finance

Registrations & Affiliations

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - Illinois / inactive

FINRA - Series 7 & 63 Registered General Securities Representative

FINRA - Series 23 Registered General Securities Principal

FINRA - Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative

Industry Coverage

Capstone Headwaters’ Debt Advisory Group has released its March 2021 Middle Market Leveraged Finance Report, with timely insight on the volume, pricing, and leverage statistics of today’s Credit markets. While deal volume was depressed through much of 2020, lending activity returned in Q4 due to a strong push from sponsor leveraged buyouts (LBOs), add-ons at attractive multiples, and recapitalizations initiated during the pandemic. Read more

Capstone Headwaters’ Debt...Read more

Middle market (MM) lending activity came to a screeching halt in Q2 and only recently has new issuer volume returned, however, the focus initially has been on opportunistic, well-structured financings involving fundamentally sound businesses in recession-resistant sectors.Read more