Kristin L. Lentz

Kristin L. Lentz


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Admitted In

  • Colorado

Kristin Lentz is a partner in the firm’s corporate group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, bank financings, and public company offerings and securities compliance.  Kristin represents clients in a broad range of industries, and has substantial experience with transactions in the energy, restaurant and retail, healthcare services, manufacturing, software and technology services industries.

Kristin has been practicing law since graduating from Boston College Law School in 1999. While completing her law degree, Kristin was a member of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. Prior to joining DGS, Kristin served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court.

Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Kristin represents public and private companies and private equity funds in connection with structuring, negotiating and documenting mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and recapitalizations, including leveraged acquisitions.  In addition, she provides general corporate representation to private equity owned portfolio companies and represents them in connection with strategic add-on acquisitions.  Kristin has significant experience with mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions involving public and private oil and gas companies. Additionally, she has been honored with M&A Advisors’ 2012 40 Under 40 Award for the Western Region, which recognizes the emerging leaders in the mergers and acquisitions, financing, and turnaround industries.

Bank Financings

Kristin also represents clients in connection with the negotiation and documentation of bank financings, including secured and unsecured term and revolving credit facilities. Kristin's experience in lending transactions includes representation of borrowers in syndicated bank financings, with secured and unsecured senior and subordinated loans, and leveraged acquisitions.

Public Offerings & Securities Regulation

Kristin counsels publicly held companies on securities and stock exchange compliance and disclosure issues, and represents publicly held companies in public offerings, Rule 144A and other private placements, public debt offerings, and public exchange offers and tender offers.  As securities counsel, Kristin also advises clients regarding corporate governance and executive compensation matters, 1934 Act reporting and disclosure issues, Regulation FD, Section 16, as well as disclosure and compliance issues under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act.

Community Involvement & Professional Organizations

Kristin is actively involved in community affairs and currently serves on the Board of Directors of KidsTek and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Women’s Education Foundation. Kristin is also a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities Subsections of the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.


Boston College, J.D., cum laude, 1999
University of Colorado, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Representation of independent oil and gas company in $1 billion sale
  • Representation of publicly held restaurant company in various franchisee acquisitions
  • Representation of an ATM equipment and services company in multiple add-on acquisitions
  • Representation of office products company in the acquisition and disposition of various companies, including the $340 million sale of a software subsidiary
  • Representation of publicly held oil and gas company in various asset sales
  • Representation of a private equity owned healthcare services company in numerous add-on acquisitions
  • Representation of publicly held air medical transport company in $200 million acquisition
  • Representation of private equity group in various portfolio company investments and acquisitions, including an online university and auto auction company
  • Representation of family-owned boat manufacturer in sale of company  to a private equity buyer

Bank Financings

  • Representation of various private-equity backed oil and gas companies in their senior credit facilities, with loan commitments ranging from $200 million to $500 million
  • Representation of a services company in a $10 million term loan and $5 million revolving loan credit facility
  • Representation of publicly held oil and gas company in a $100 million senior credit facility.
  • Representation of a healthcare services company in both a senior and second lien facility, used to fund acquisitions and for general corporate purposes.
  • Representation of a consumer loan company in its senior credit facility of $35 million
  • Representation of publicly held air medical transport company  in its senior credit facility consisting of revolving and term loan facilities in the aggregate amount of $300 million
  • Representation of publicly held oil and gas company in its $500 million senior credit facility
July 2015

Crunch Time - Leverage, Liquidity, and M&A Issues for Upstream Energy Companies in the Second Half of 2015

When oil prices fell precipitously in the second half of 2014, many predicted that the resulting financial pressures on U.S. E&P companies would force them to rapidly scale back production. To date, the industry has defied these predictions – greater efficiency, high-grading of drilling plans, cost savings, robust capital raising and strong hedging positions have allowed domestic producers to maintain production at or near historically high levels even with rig counts falling significantly.

December 2014

Recent Trends in SEC Comments Issued to Publicly Traded Restaurant Companies

We are now at the point in the calendar-year reporting cycle when most companies are about to commence Annual Report on Form 10-K and proxy preparation. Comments by the SEC Division of Corporation Finance staff on annual reports for the prior year, and the current year's proxy statements, have generally become publicly available. This alert discusses frequently-made comments by the SEC to issuers in the restaurant industry.

November 2014

22 DGS Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers Business Edition

Twenty-two DGS lawyers have been designated "Super Lawyers" in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition published by Thomson Reuters. The annual, national listing of top attorneys in the U.S. serves as a guide for the go-to attorneys in litigation, real estate, corporate finance, energy, and environmental law, among others. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

January 2014

DGS Public Company Update

Please join DGS; Julie Lutz, SEC Regional Director; John Walsh, U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado; Rebecca Franciscus, SEC Attorney Advisor; and your public company peers for our 8th annual event. Topics will include securities and other enforcement trends affecting public companies, an update on securities offering reform, and preparing for the 2014 proxy season.

DGS Names New Executive Committee for 2014

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has appointed its 2014 Executive Committee, which provides leadership for the firm's financial and strategic management. The eight member committee is led by the firm’s managing partner Chris Richardson and includes two partners from each of the firm’s three departments as well as the firm’s executive director.

July 2013

SEC Approves General Solicitation and Advertising for Accredited Investor-Only Securities Offerings: Excludes

On July 10, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") fulfilled its Congressional mandate by adopting new rules that will dramatically affect the landscape for unregistered securities offerings in the United States. These new rules authorize the use of general advertising and general solicitation methods in accredited investor-only offerings under the newly amended Rule 506. Historically, securities offerings that were not registered with the SEC were uniformly described as "private offerings," because that was their common identifying feature – the securities could not be publicly offered. With the adoption of new Rule 506(c), that common understanding has been eliminated.


April 2012

DGS Partner Kristin Lentz Honored with 40 Under 40 West Award

The M&A Advisors

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP partner Kristin Lentz was honored this week with The M&A Advisors’ 2012 40 Under 40 Award for the Western Region. The third annual awards recognize the emerging leaders in the mergers and acquisitions, financing, and turnaround industries who have reached a significant level of success while still under the age of 40.


February 2012

DGS Names New Executive Committee for 2012

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has appointed its 2012 Executive Committee, which provides leadership for the firm's financial and strategic management. The eight member committee is led by the firm’s managing partner Chris Richardson and includes two partners from each of the firm’s three departments as well as the firm’s executive director.


May 2009

E&P Transactional and Capital Markets Update

The credit crisis and low commodities prices have combined to create a difficult financing environment for many companies in the oil and gas business, and have caused a significant slowdown in acquisition activity.  Current conditions, however, also present opportunities for financing, acquisition and development transactions that will allow companies to position themselves for future success.


October 2008

Important Warning for Colorado Corporations - Solicitations Regarding Annual Meeting Minutes

The Colorado Secretary of State has recently issued a warning to Colorado corporations regarding "annual minutes" solicitations.  Colorado companies have been receiving solicitations entitled “Annual Minutes Disclosure Statement” or “Disclosure Statement” from several different entities including “Colorado Corporate Compliance” and “Board of Business Compliance.” 


January 2006

Davis Graham & Stubbs Names New Partners for 2006

Davis Graham & Stubbs is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys have become partners in the firm. The new partners are Adam Cohen, Kristin Lentz and Chad Williams. “Our newest partners are extremely talented lawyers and we are excited to welcome them to the partnership,” said Chris Richardson, the firm’s chief executive officer. “We are particularly proud of this group’s professional accomplishments and commitment to the firm and its clients.”


September 2002

Special Litigation Committees in Colorado

When faced with a shareholder derivative suit, corporations may look to a special litigation committee ("SLC") comprised of independent and disinterested members to decide whether to seek dismissal of the suit. The Colorado Supreme Court's most recent case about SLCs, Curtis v. Nevens, sheds some light on the use of such committees and the role of the trial court in reviewing the decision of the committee.


August 2002

CEO/CFO Certifications Sarbanes-Oxley and Other SEC Requirements

In recent weeks, there have been a flurry of laws, proposed regulations, and administrative orders relating to certifications by chief executive officers and chief financial officers of public companies of periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


July 2001



The recently enacted Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN) provides that with respect to any transaction within the statute's scope, a signature, contract or other record relating to the transaction may not be denied legal effect, validity or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form. Does that mean that an issuer no longer needs to keep original signatures for documents filed electronically with the SEC via EDGAR?