Jake's focus is banking, and he advises clients on a range of leveraged finance transactions, with a particular focus on cross-border financings.
He is now based in New York, but spent over four years in the London office after nearly a decade working in the Firm's New York office. It is this experience on both sides of the Atlantic that allows Jake to provide his clients with valuable insight into the differences between the US and European markets, and to use his knowledge to maximize cross-border financing structures.
Jake often works across multiple jurisdictions, liaising closely with finance lawyers throughout the Firm's international offices, to successfully execute complex financings. Most recently, he arranged a number of transactions involving European groups and debt facilities syndicated in the New York market.
Many of the complicated matters he has handled have been cross-border deals involving a number of classes of lenders, and clients can be confident that he understands the full range of options available—from pari secured high yield bonds to super senior revolving credit facilities to first and second lien cov-lite “TLBs” — and that he will develop a made-to-measure solution that is right for them.
Jake is also able to help his clients navigate different financing structures by using his extensive experience in the negotiation of intercreditor relationships, as well as his knowledge of relevant tax considerations across a number of jurisdictions.
Representation of Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., as Administrative Agent, Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Book Manager with respect to US$1.75 billion senior unsecured credit facilities provided to Colfax Corporation, an investment grade, NYSE-listed Delaware corporation, and a global leading diversified manufacturing and engineering company that provides air, gas and fluid handling and fabrication technology products and services. The purpose of the financing was to refinance the company's senior secured credit facilities. The senior unsecured credit facilities include a multicurrency revolving credit facility.
Jake represented Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, as a mandated lead arranger and bookrunner, and Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch, as administrative agent, in connection with the amendment and extension of US$1.6 billion senior secured credit facilities and €2 billion senior secured credit facilities provided to Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, a global leading diversified healthcare company which provides products and services for dialysis, hospitals and home medical care.
Jake represented Jefferies Finance LLC as mandated lead arranger of the €150 million term facilities for the refinancing of the Famar group.
Jake acted for the above clients as joint lead arrangers and lead bookrunners, as well as UBS AG, Stamford Branch as administrative agent, of first-lien and second-lien credit agreements with a total principal value of up to £150m and £70m, respectively, which were provided to BC Partners to finance its acquisition of the Mergermarket Group from the Financial Times Group. The Mergermarket Group is a leading global provider of global corporate financial news, intelligence and analysis, with key brands including Mergermarket, Debtwire, DealReporter, Infinata, Wealthmonitor and Xtract Research.
Jake advised Deutche Bank AG, London Branch as sole global coordinator and—together with Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, UniCredit Bank AG and HSBC Bank PLC - as arrangers of the refinancing and recapitalisation of Minimax by senior secured facilities comprised of a €315 million and US$422 million term loan B, a €141.5 million guaranteed facility, a €40 million revolving facility, as well as subsequent amendments.
Jake advised Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs as European counsel regarding a $395 million first lien credit agreement and a US$95 million second lien credit agreement for Clondalkin Acquisition B.V., and subsequent amendments. The proceeds of the new facilities were used, together with proceeds from asset sales and receivables securitizations, to refinance the entire existing debt structure of Clondalkin, a Dutch packaging company.
Jake represented Deutsche Bank in the financing of healthcare company Fresenius Group's intended offer to acquire German hospital operator Rhoen-Klinikum AG. Fresenius planned to finance the acquisition through a syndicated loan, a bond issue and equity instruments worth up to €1 billion. Jake also represented Deutsche Bank in connection with the subsequent refinancing of Fresenius Group's senior secured credit facilities.
Jake acted for the above clients in connection with their financing of the €1.2 billion take-private acquisition by vehicles controlled by Advent International Corporation of shares in Mediq N.V., and subsequent amendments. Mediq is a Dutch-listed international provider of medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
Jake represented the above clients as lead arrangers of senior facilities provided to finance the acquisition of Skrill Group Limited by CVC.
Jake advised Deutsche Bank and HSBC as lead arrangers of debt facilities provided to Colfax Corporation and its subsidiaries, in connection with Colfax UK Holdings Ltd.'s recommended cash and share offer for Charter International PLC.
Jake represented Bank of America as administrative agent and collateral agent for an asset-based revolving credit facility with an aggregate principal value of £110 million, which was made available to Doncasters Group Limited and certain of its subsidiaries. The purpose of this transaction was to refinance certain existing indebtedness of the Doncasters Group, and to fund working capital and other general corporate purposes.
Yankee Loans – Structural Considerations and Familiar Differences from Across the Pond to Consider, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance, 2014
Structuring and Restructuring European Leveraged Finance Transactions, PLC Finance, 2013, (co-author)
Syndicating European debt into the US: It is not the picture but how you view it, PLC, 2012
A New Lease of Life, The Treasurer, February 2011, (co-author)
Acquisition Finance - London, Bank Lending - London