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Anna Soroka is a US and Israel qualified associate in the Firm's Capital Markets Group in London. She specializes in international capital market and securities transactions and regularly represents public and private issuers and underwriters in a variety of Rule 144A and Regulation S equity and debt offerings, and compliance with SEC regulations.
Prior to joining White & Case, Anna practiced as an associate at one of the most prestigious law firms in Israel, focusing on complex and routine corporate, securities and commercial legal issues.
While studying at Harvard Law School, she participated in the Shareholder Rights Project, led by Professor Lucian A. Bebchuk, where she advised and represented institutional investors seeking to improve corporate governance at publicly traded companies in which they are shareholders.
Before entering private practice, Anna clerked in the chambers of the honorable Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, Ayala Procaccia, working on a range of complex constitutional cases before that Court. Anna was also a Research Assistant and a Teaching Assistant at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the areas of Corporate Law, Securities Regulation and M&A.
While at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Anna received several awards, including the Eva and Abraham Feldman Award for outstanding academic achievements and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Faculty of Law and Magna Cum Laude from the School of Business Administration.
Represented J.P. Morgan, HSBC and Barclays as global coordinators and Merrill Lynch International, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Crédit Agricole, Goldman Sachs, Rabobank and Société Générale as joint bookrunners, on the Rule 144A/Regulation S debut offering of US$1.15 billion (equivalent) senior secured notes due 2023 by OCI N.V. The Issuer is a global producer and distributor of natural gas-based fertilizers and industrial chemicals based in the Netherlands with significant operations across the US, Europe and the Middle East. The notes, which were issued on April 26, 2018, comprise US$650 million 6.625% senior secured notes due 2023 and €400 million 5.000% senior secured notes due 2023. Represented the dealer manager in relation to a tender offer for OCI N.V.'s convertible bond.
Represented Barclays Bank PLC, Jefferies International Limited, RBC Europe Limited, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited and ING Bank N.V., London Branch in connection with the provision of a £360 million bridge facility to Pinnacle Bidco plc and subsequent 144A/Regulation S issuance of £360 million 6.375% senior secured notes due 2025 by Pinnacle Bidco plc to facilitate the acquisition of UK fitness chain Pure Gym.
Represented Barclays Bank PLC and Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario S.p.A. as global coordinators, HSBC Bank plc and Lloyds Bank plc as joint bookrunners and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited as co-manager, on the Rule 144A/Regulation S debut offering of £550 million 7.75% senior secured notes due 2022 by Shop Direct Limited and the concurrent entry into £150 million of revolving credit facilities.
Represented Puma International Financing S.A. in connection with (i) the issuance of the company's 5.125% senior notes due 2024 in an aggregate principal amount of US$600 million (the New Notes) in a Rule 144A/Regulation S offering and (ii) a concurrent tender offer for the company's existing 6.75% notes due 2021. The offering of the New Notes and the tender offer were structured to constitute an intermediated exchange offer so the company could avail itself of certain favorable accounting treatment for the New Notes. The New Notes are guaranteed by Puma Energy Holdings Pte. Ltd. The Puma Energy Group is a leading, globally integrated midstream and downstream oil group. Merrill Lynch International, Société Générale, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, ING Bank N.V., London Branch, The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, MUFG Securities Americas Inc. and Natixis Securities Americas LLC acted as initial purchasers and Merrill Lynch International and Société Générale acted as dealer managers in the transactions.
Represented Goldman Sachs International on the offering by N&W Global Vending S.p.A, a leading manufacturer in Europe of coffee, other hot and cold beverage and food vending machines, of Temporary Senior Secured Notes. The proceeds of the offering were used to fund an acquisition and the transaction included a complex and innovative structure of an exchange of the Temporary Notes for Additional Notes to be issued by the Issuer under an existing Senior Secured Notes Indenture.
Represented Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited in connection with recapitalization of 4finance S.A., one of the Europe's largest consumer finance companies, including representation of Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited as initial purchaser on the issuance by 4finance S.A. of its US$325 million 10.75% senior notes due 2022 and as dealer manager in connection with the associated tender offer for, and consent solicitation in respect of, its US$200 million 11.75% senior notes due 2019 issued by 4finance S.A.
Represented the Pirelli Group on a consent solicitation and subsequent meeting of holders of €600 million notes due 2019 issued by Pirelli International plc and guaranteed by Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. The meeting of noteholders approved the introduction in the terms and conditions of the notes of a make-whole issuer call, which will give the issuer of the notes the option, from time to time, to redeem all or some of the notes and, accordingly, will allow the Pirelli Group more effectively to manage the maturity profile of its indebtedness. J.P. Morgan acted as Solicitation Agent on the consent solicitations.
Represented Barclays Bank PLC and RBC Capital Markets, LLC as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners and BMO Capital Markets Corp. as a joint bookrunner, on the Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of US$650 million 7.25% senior secured second lien notes due 2022 by Petra Diamonds.
Represented Deutsche Bank, as sole global coordinator and left lead bookrunner, Bank of America Merrill Lynch as joint bookrunner (active) and ANZ and BOC International as joint bookrunners (passive), on the Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of US$350 million 5.875% senior secured notes due 2019 and US$850 million 7.25% senior secured notes due 2021 by Studio City Company Limited. The largest high-yield corporate bond in Asia in 2016 which won the IFLR Asia Deal of the Year Awards.
Represented Onorato Armatori S.p.A. in connection with its issuance of €300 million 7.75% senior secured notes due 2023.
Represented Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and ICBC International in respect of the launch by the Republic of Angola of sovereign debt bonds in the international market in the form of Eurobonds, amounting to US$1.5 billion. One of the largest sovereign debt offerings in Africa and one of the first of its kind sovereign debt offering from the Republic of Angola.
Joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners in connection with US$469 million follow-on offering by the Central Bank of Russia of shares in the charter capital of Moscow Exchange, which is the first domestic offering of a Russian issuer in 2014.