Vanessa Schürmann (née Pfeiffer) | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Vanessa Schürmann (née Pfeiffer)

Partner, Frankfurt

Overview

Vanessa Schürmann practices in the area of Banking and Finance law, specializing in Leveraged and Loan / Bond Financings (including High Yield), Acquisition Finance, Real Estate Finance (including Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities Transactions), Corporate Loans, Syndications, Securitizations, Loan Portfolio Sales and Restructurings. In addition, she has a broad range of experience with derivatives in connection with the foregoing financings.

She advises banks and other financial institutions, private equity investors and corporates under English law in respect of cross-border finance transactions.

Before joining White & Case in 2014, she practiced for over nine years at another international law firm both in their Frankfurt and London offices. Furthermore, Vanessa Schürmann worked in the Leveraged and Acquisition Finance Team for a leading international bank in London for one year.

Bars and Courts

  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Barrister and Solicitor, Ontario, Canada
  • Notary Public, Ontario, Canada

Education

  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • BA, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • French

Experience

Recent transactions include:

Consolidated Energy/Natgasoline, 2016

Advising the world's second largest merchant producer of methanol on its 50% acquisition of Natgasoline LLC's sole shareholder and related financing arrangements valued at US$630 million.

Centerbridge/Senvion, 2015/2016

Advising a bank syndicate led by Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan on the €1.5 billion leveraged buyout of Senvion SE (now Senvion GmbH) by Centerbridge Capital Partners including a secured €125 million multicurrency revolving credit facility, a secured €825 million multicurrency letter-of-guarantee facility, a secured €180 million super senior cash liquidity facility, as well as a secured €400 million high-yield bond, together with an amendment and restatement agreement required to achieve a successful offering of Senvion GmbH's parent company Senvion S.A.

gategroup Holding AG, 2015/2016

Advising Swiss airline caterer specialist gategroup on: (a) the refinancing and upsizing of its revolving credit facility to €240 million, which was partially used to redeem some of its €350 million 6.75% senior notes due 2019; (b) a new €250 million term loan facility, which was used to redeem the balance of its €350 million 6.75% senior notes due 2019; and (c) the further upsizing of its revolving credit facility to €350 million.

Hapag-Lloyd AG, 2015

Advising IPO global coordinators Berenberg, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs on a US $125 million revolving credit facility for the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd made available in conjunction with its IPO.

Tank & Rast Consortium, 2015

Advising Allianz Capital Partners, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., Infinity Investments S.A. and MEAG, the asset management arm of Münchener Rück, on their acquisition of Autobahn Tank & Rast, the German autobahn services group and related financing arrangements. The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited, 2015

Advising Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited, the world's second largest Methanol producer, on its US$590 million refinancing consisting of a US$300 revolving credit facility and a US$290 million US-style term loan B.

Triton/GEA HX, 2014*

Advising Triton on a bank / bond deal consisting of a guarantee facility, a revolving facility, senior notes and senior secured notes to finance the acquisition of the GEA heat exchanger business with an enterprise value of circa €1.3 billion.

GAGFAH, 2013*

Advising GAGFAH in relation to circa €2 billion and €700 million agency securitisation deals to refinance large multi-family residential and small commercial real estate portfolios in Germany.

* Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case