Katharine S. Mascarenhas

Partner Indianapolis


Kate focuses her practice on debt financing transactions. She represents private equity groups, commercial lending institutions and other private and public companies in connection with the negotiation, structuring and documentation of secured and unsecured financing transactions for both borrowers and lenders, including senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt transactions, acquisition financings, and loan workouts and restructurings, including debtor-in-possession financings, and general corporate matters. She also has significant experience negotiating capital call lines for private equity groups ranging from $10 million to $150 million.

Prior to joining Taft, Kate was a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she had practiced since graduating from law school. During her tenure at Kirkland, Kate acted for some of the country’s leading private equity funds, as well as a wide range of private and public companies, in connection with their domestic and cross-border debt financing transactions.

Kate earned a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2007 and a B.A. in history from Yale University in 2002. She was an intern for the Honorable Judge John D. Rainey for the Southern District of Texas and for the Honorable Justice Laura C. Higley for the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas. Kate is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for securitization and structured finance law.


  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Securitization and Structured Finance Law

    (2021 – present)

All Service Areas


  • University of Houston Law Center (2007)
  • Yale University (2002)


  • State - Illinois
  • State - Indiana

Notable Matters

  • Counsel to a renewable energy company in raising $500 million of private structured capital.
  • Counsel to private equity fund in connection with platform acquisition of cloud-based analytics and compliance software company.
  • Lead counsel to premier private equity fund’s up to $75M capital call facility.
  • Lead counsel to manager of nursing home facilities in connection with $29M tax-exempt municipal bond financing.
  • Lead counsel to top manufacturer and distributor of retail air filters in connection with private equity fund acquisition financing consisting of $50M senior secured revolving credit and term loan facilities and $11.5M senior subordinated notes.
  • Lead counsel to regional autism therapy center for a $5M senior secured revolving credit facility.
  • Lead counsel to leading HR & Payroll technology company for a $75M senior secured revolving credit facility.

Professional Affiliations

  • Tippecanoe County Bar Association


  • Indiana State Bar Association


  • Executive Women in Finance

    Member, Marketing Committee

Community Involvement

  • Yale College

    Alumni Interviewer

  • University of Houston Law Center

    100% Challenge Captain