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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

Following $3.1 billion of volume between January and February, middle market (MM) lending activity came to a screeching halt in March as COVID-19 shuttered businesses, forced millions of Americans into the unemployment line, and tipped the U.S. economy into a recession.Read more

Our Q4 Middle Market Leverage Finance report shares key market stats including Broadly Syndicated Loan volume, interest rate spreads, leverage multiples, and equity contributions.  Conditions in the middle market have become more conservative as lenders continue to shift their credit focus towards protecting portfolio credit quality as the end of the credit cycle approaches. Read more