Martin Forbes | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Martin Forbes
Martin Forbes

Martin Forbes

Partner, London

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Martin Forbes is a finance lawyer with substantial experience of advising private equity sponsors.


Martin Forbes' practice focuses primarily on advising private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and other borrowers. He also advises banks and alternative capital providers.

He is a committed lawyer with excellent technical skills, strong client relationships and a significant track record.

On the borrower side of his practice, clients benefit from Martin's contribution to the Firm's leading US/European leveraged finance product platform. This combines sophisticated finance support with the English, US and local law capability already provided by the Firm in all the major jurisdictions in which private equity firms invest or raise finance.

Educated in the UK and the United States, Martin has an international outlook that makes him well-placed to navigate the complexities of cross-border transactions.

Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, Martin worked at a magic circle law firm based in London, where he gained nearly 12 years' experience advising a varied list of clients that included Cinven, Permira, CVC, Electra, EQT and All3Media, as well as many banks and other financial institutions.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales


  • LLM, Harvard Law School
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Glasgow
  • LLB, University of Glasgow


  • English


CVC's acquisition of SkyBet, 2015

Martin advised CVC in relation to the English law and intercreditor aspects of its £390 million financing for the acquisition of SkyBet.

Mid Europa Partners' acquisition of Danube Foods Group BV and Clates Holding BV, 2015

Martin advised Mid Europa Partners in relation to the debt financing of its acquisition of Danube Foods Group BV and Clates Holding BV.

Primacom, €375 million senior and second lien facilities, 2015

Martin advised Primacom in relation to its senior and second lien facilities.

Oaktree's acquisition of SACO, 2015

Martin advised Oaktree Capital in relation to the debt financing aspects of its acquisition of SACO.

Essex Woodlands' acquisition of EUSA Pharma, 2015

Martin advised Essex Woodlands in relation to the debt financing aspects of its acquisition of EUSA Pharma.

Optimal Payments' acquisition of Skrill, 2015

Martin advised the mandated lead arrangers (Barclays, Bank of Montreal and Deutsche Bank) in relation to a €500 million and $85 million financing.

Super senior revolving facilities for Ainscough Crane Hire, 2015

Martin advised Lloyds Bank and The Royal Bank of Scotland in relation to super senior revolving facilities provided to Ainscough Crane Hire.