As financial markets worldwide converge, clients looking to execute bank and/or bond transactions face evolving market norms along with an array of other challenges. They must understand and act according to a complicated global legal landscape. Issues such as competing bankruptcy and restructuring regimes, differences in market conventions, complex intercreditor concerns and other matters require skilled legal counsel and can make the difference when it comes to getting a deal done.
Navigating complexity in an increasingly international market
Clients choose us for our ability to navigate the complexities of this constantly shifting and increasingly international market while also providing local presence and insight. We understand intricate transactions on a global scale and apply that knowledge and experience to structuring innovative deals for our clients.
We serve the needs of many of the largest banks in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and also have a significant practice advising sponsors and corporate borrowers.
Our global Banking team focuses on advising clients in connection with:
- Leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations
- Other financing transactions including asset-based lending transactions, real estate, structured trade, and commodity and investment-grade financings
- Workouts, restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings and exit financings
- Bank regulation and compliance
We are well-known for handling the most complex, multijurisdictional transactions. With established teams in all the major financial markets globally, including New York, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore, and in many regional financial centers as well, we offer clients international reach, depth of local resources, seamless integration across offices and a powerful combination of US, English and local law advice. We have strong regional finance practice groups focusing on various areas, including Latin America, Scandinavia, CEE, the Middle East and Asia. Our clients also benefit from our corresponding and integrated Global Capital Markets Practice, which enables us to assist them with bank/bond/equity financings.
Acquisition finance lies at the heart of our practice. Our lawyers routinely advise on high-profile deals, playing major roles in many of the most groundbreaking leveraged finance transactions.
Our clients are able to draw on the legal knowledge and experience of 230 banking lawyers worldwide. The international strength of our practice is reflected in the fact that White & Case is not only recognized for its banking work in Chambers Global 2014's global rankings, but also in 21 individual Chambers Global country rankings and its regional rankings for the Asia Pacific region, Central and Eastern Europe, Europe and Latin America.
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AWARDS & RECOGNITION
"Established US firm that offers a broad array of expertise across the continent. Widely renowned for its prowess in financial transactions, with notable experience advising governments on significant sovereign deals. Also maintains a strong track record advising clients on debt capital markets transactions, project finance and debt restructuring, with particular knowledge in the oil and gas sector.”
Chambers Global, Banking & Finance, 2018
Best Law Firm in Africa
EMEA Finance, African Banking Awards 2013 – 2018
Band 1: Banking & Finance
Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Japan (International), Latin America-wide, Saudi Arabia
Band 2: Banking & Finance
Africa-wide, Asia-Pacific Region, Central & Eastern Europe, Europe-wide, Global-wide,
Chambers Global 2019
Band 1 for Banking & Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (International Firms) in China
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019
Tier 1 for Banking & Finance in Hong Kong
Asia-Pacific Legal 500 2019
Band 1 for Banking & Finance in Japan (International Firms)
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019
Band 2: Banking & Finance
Chambers Global, Africa-wide 2016 – 2019
Band 1 for Banking & Finance in Czech Republic and France
Chambers Europe 2019
Tier 1 for Acquisition Finance in London
The Legal 500 UK 2018
Tier 1 for Banking, finance and capital markets in Czech Republic and Slovakia
The Legal 500 Europe 2018
Tier 1 for Banking and finance in Finland, France and Sweden
The Legal 500 Europe 2018
Law firm of the year – Loan
IFLR European Awards 2019
"Well-respected firm with extensive experience in acquisition finance, leveraged finance, syndicated finance and the negotiation of senior credit facilities. Acts on behalf of both borrowers and lenders, who benefit from its strong coverage across key financial hubs such as London, Frankfurt, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo."
Chambers Global, Banking & Finance, 2019
"White & Case is a center of excellence with a deep bench. It’s a great team and culture, and they are exceptional partners."
Chambers USA, Banking & Finance, 2018
"Highlighted for its outstanding handling of syndicated loans, secured and unsecured credit facilities, and acquisition financing."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, Banking & Finance, 2019
"They have a very detailed knowledge of the market and they are able to use their international network. They have a pro-business and pro-client approach."
Chambers Europe, Banking & Finance, 2019
Representation of Deutsche Bank in connection with the provision of US$1.55 billion in senior secured credit facilities to finance the acquisition of Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc., by a subsidiary of Mallinckrodt plc. The financing consisted of a US$1.3 billion senior secured term loan facility and a US$250 million senior secured multicurrency revolving credit facility and was secured by collateral in the United States, Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
The Mergermarket Group
Advised UBS, HSBC, Mizuho Bank and UBS, as administrative agent, in respect to New York law-governed first-lien and second-lien credit agreements (£150 million and £70 million, respectively) provided to finance BC Partners' acquisition of The Mergermarket Group from the Financial Times Group.
Representation of Deutsche Bank with respect to the financing of a US$440 million and €292 million senior secured term loan and a €100 million multicurrency revolving credit facility provided to Faenza Acquisition GmbH, a portfolio company of CINVEN, to finance the acquisition of the CeramTec Group, a multinational manufacturer of high-performance ceramics. We also provided German law advice regarding the issuance of €307 million of 8.25% senior notes due 2021.
Representation of Credit Suisse with respect to a US$876 million senior secured first-lien term loan and a US$290 million senior secured second-lien term loan, and Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated with respect to a £110 million senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility, to refinance existing senior debt of Doncasters Group Limited, a UK-based portfolio company of Dubai International Capital.
Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.
Representation of Jefferies Finance LLC in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Santarus, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, by Salix Pharmaceuticals, which offers innovative gastrointestinal treatments. The financing consisted of a US$1.2 billion senior secured term loan facility and a US$150 million senior secured revolving credit facility. We also represented Jefferies in Salix's issuance of US$750 million senior unsecured notes.
Avon Products, Inc.
Representation of Avon Products, Inc. in connection with a US$1 billion revolving credit agreement with each of the banks and other lenders and Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent. The purpose of the financing was to replace Avon Products Inc.’s existing US$1 billion revolving credit and competitive advance facility agreement. We also advised Avon Products, Inc. in connection with a related public offering of 'US$1.5 billion notes.
P4 Sp. z o.o.
Representation of Polish mobile telecoms operator P4 Sp. z o.o., which trades as Play, in its groundbreaking inaugural €870 million and PLN 130 million dual-tranche high yield bond issue and a new super-senior revolving credit facility.
Representation of Deutsche Bank, Société Générale and Sberbank in Uranium One's inaugural US$300 million high yield bond and related US$120 million revolving credit facility, both secured on a pari passu basis.
Endo Health Solutions Inc.
Representation of Deutsche Bank in the lending facility to Endo Health Solutions, Inc. for financing the approximately US$1.6 billion acquisition of Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company Paladin Labs Inc. (TMX: PLB).
Representation of ANZ, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, Mizuho, Morgan Stanley and HSBC in a two-stage US$4 billion financing for the successful privatization of Hong Kong–listed Alibaba.com and the repurchase of half of Yahoo's 40 percent stake in Alibaba Group Holdings. Alibaba is China's largest e-commerce company, and this transaction was the largest and most complex offshore China "holdco" financing to date and the first to a Chinese Internet company. We subsequently advised the lenders on a new US$8 billion bank loan to Alibaba Group, in the largest Greater China market financing of the year.