Bank Lending work has always been a core component of our DNA. From the very inception of White & Case, we have been a leading banking law firm with a strong financial institution client base. Having acted for the institutions that started the syndicated loan market on the original transactions in the US market, today, we are one of the very elite law firms that truly offer a "one-stop-shop" solution for global bank lending transactions.
Our Banking Lending team acts on a strong flow of high profile loan transactions in the lending market across all geographies from our offices in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. Our financial institution clients receive the benefit of our vast knowledge and experience in advising on large and midcap syndicated loan financings in the leveraged finance market.
Our deep bench of highly engaged partners, commercial approach, and knowledge of all levels of the capital structure are our market differentiators and the reasons why we remain as trusted legal advisors to so many financial institutions.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Banking Law Firm of the Year
LegalCommunity Finance Awards, Italy, 2020
North America Leveraged Loan of the Year – Financing for the Acquisition of ION
International Financing Review, 2019
"Highlighted for its outstanding handling of syndicated loans, secured and unsecured credit facilities, and acquisition financing. Particular strength in handling complex leveraged financing matters."
Chambers China (International Firms), 2020
"Utilises its impressive international reach to advise on cross-border acquisition finance, complex corporate loans and major debt refinancing projects. Clients also benefit from the firm's expertise in high-yield debt."
Chambers Europe, 2020
"Unrivaled bank finance practice, dedicated to the long term with client interests as paramount. Extremely talented and deep bench, close partner attention and personnel consistency from deal to deal."
Client Quote – Chambers USA, 2020
Representation of UBS AG, Stamford Branch as arranger in connection with a US$2.1 billion (aggregate) incremental term loan facility for ION Trading Technologies and ION Trading Finance Limited's credit agreement. This transaction included US$1.32 billion in initial Dollar term loans and €670 million in initial Euro loans. This complex cross-border transaction was named North America Leverage Loan of the Year by International Financing Review.
Representation of UBS Securities LLC, Jefferies Finance LLC, Barclays Bank PLC and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. as joint lead arrangers and bookrunners in connection with a US$1.425 billion financing of the acquisition of Dell Technologies' (NYSE: DELL) RSA by a consortium led by Symphony Technology Group, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board and Alpinvest Partners. The financing consists of a US$1 billion first lien term loan facility, US$75 million first lien revolving credit facility and US$350 million second lien term loan facility.
Representation joint lead arrangers in connection with the US$2 billion amendment and extension of Univision’s term loan facility. The amendment extends the maturity of the loan by an additional two years, to March 2026. In addition, as part of the amendment Univision’s revolving credit facility was replaced with a US$610 million extended revolving credit facility. Univision is a New York-based Spanish language television and radio broadcaster, and is the largest provider of Spanish-language content in the United States.
Representation of China CITIC Bank International Limited as global coordinator, mandated lead arranger, underwriter and bookrunner and agent in a US$1 billion mezzanine syndicated term loan to Tianqi Lithium Australia Investments 2 Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Chinese new energy materials company Tianqi Lithium Corporation listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, for the acquisition of a stake in SQM, a Chilean lithium miner. The deal won the “Finance Deal of the Year: Acquisitions” awarded by The Asia Legal Awards 2019.
Representation of the mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners on the amendment and extension of the 2017 facilities and concurrent upsize to an aggregate US$6.5 billion senior secured revolving credit facilities for Alipay (Hong Kong) Holding Limited, in 2019.
Representation of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, MUFG Bank and Mizuho Bank, the leading Japan-based financial institutions, as mandated lead arrangers. We advised these clients in connection with JPY 900 billion in new senior loans and an additional commitment line of JPY 100 billion (total circa US$9.2 billion) for Toshiba Memory Holdings Corporation. The new financing was used to refinance total JPY 600 billion loans from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, MUFG Bank, and Mizuho Bank, for the June 2018 leveraged buyout of Toshiba Memory Corporation by K.K. Pangea, a special-purpose company formed by a consortium led by Bain Capital Private Equity, and for the early redemption of existing non-convertible-bond-type preferred stock of Toshiba Memory Holdings Corporation.
Representation of Royal Bank of Canada as global coordinator, senior lead arranger and original lender, on the debt financing package to support Lovell Minnick Partners' take-private acquisition of Charles Taylor plc, the leading international provider of professional services and technology solutions to the global insurance market.
Pioneer Public Properties
Representation of the lenders supporting Whitehelm Capital’s acquisition of Pioneer Public Properties. Pioneer Public Properties owns a portfolio of 163 preschools and 8 care homes across Norway, Finland and Sweden. The transaction was financed with a NOK 2,900,000,000 term loan facility and a NOK 500,000,000 Capex Facility. The transaction was cross border and involved dealing with material existing debt facilities which needed to remain within the structure.
Representation of the banks in connection with a senior facility including a €680 million Facility B tranche, a £175 million Facility B tranche and a €125 million revolving credit facility, as well as a €275 million second lien facility to finance the acquisition of Zentiva by Advent International. Zentiva is a pharmaceutical company based in Prague, Czech Republic.