Kym Jesse

Special counsel | London

Kym is special counsel in the corporate team.

Kym is special counsel in the corporate team and works as a consultant lawyer specialising in venture debt in the Withers tech team.

She joined the firm from JAG Shaw Baker when they merged with Withers to create a new legal offering, Withers tech, in 2018.

Kym is an experienced banking and finance lawyer, with an extensive background acting for corporate borrowers and commercial lenders, private equity investors and venture funds across a range of secured and unsecured debt finance and corporate transactions.

She has an interest in venture debt, acquisition finance and private equity funding transactions, both within the UK and cross-border.

Prior to joining JAG Shaw Baker, Kym was a senior associate in DLA’s leveraged finance team in London and before that in the leveraged finance team of Allen & Overy in London. She trained with Squire Patton Boggs. She has a strong track record of leading and managing venture debt transactions, advising on the borrower side and offering practical commercial advice to venture-backed companies considering venture debt to either complement their existing equity financing or as a real alternative to further equity dilution.

Secretary Karla Thorne

Track record



Represented numerous technology companies in connection with venture debt financings funded by Silicon Valley Bank, Columbia Lake Partners, Kreos Capital, Harbert and Triplepoint Capital.

Advised number of early stage technology focused borrowers on security packages which frequently involved consideration of complicated issues over lender control of revenue streams, management of receivables, online payment collection and cash sweep mechanics.

Advised SoundCLoud on $40m syndicated venture debt financing which involved a significant and complex cross border security package in UK, Germany and USA.

England and Wales, 2001

“An Introduction to Venture Debt with JAG Shaw Baker” workshop and presentation by Kym Jesse and Tina Baker at Rocketspace Events on 7th August 2018



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