Anya Polyakova | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Anya Polyakova

Associate, London

T +44 20 7532 1782

E apolyakova@whitecase.com

Overview

Anya Polyakova is an associate in the Firm's Banking group in London. Anya has experience advising major financial institutions, direct lenders and corporate borrowers in relation to senior, PIK and unitranche financings for cross-border leveraged acquisition and other general lending transactions.

Anya spent six months on secondment in the Firm's Singapore office in 2014, where she worked with the Bank Finance team with a focus on major financial institution lending in South-East Asia. Anya has also recently completed a secondment to the European Principal Group at Oaktree Capital Management, where she provided legal support to the deal team on traditional private equity and distress-for-control and direct lending transactions.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales

Education

  • LLB, College of Law
  • BA (Hons), History, University of Durham

Languages

  • English
  • Russian

Experience

Unitranche financing

Advising the unitranche lender in connection with the debt financing of a leading global private equity firm's recapitalisation of its German business for the international supply of high-value hydrocarbon and specialty chemicals.

Margin financing

Advising a leading European bank acting as lender on an amendment to a margin loan senior facilities agreement in connection with a USD 500 million increase, introduction of availability of letters of credit and Borrower redomiciliation.

Super senior revolving financing

Advising Amigo Loans Ltd, a leading lender in the UK guarantor loan market, in connection with a £57 million super senior revolving facility to sit alongside the issuance of £275 million senior secured notes by another group company.

Senior and PIK acquisition financing

Advising Goldman Sachs Bank USA in connection with a EUR 75 million senior facilities agreement and EUR 25 million PIK facility agreement for the financing of Apax Partners Midmarket SAS's acquisition of Cabovisão – Televisão por Cabo, S.A. and its subsidiaries.

Bridge to bond acquisition financing

Advising Nomura International plc in connection with a £175 million bridge facility to finance the acquisition of the University of Law by Global University Systems group as well as an up to £20 million super senior credit facility for general corporate purposes. The bridge facility has been taken out by £234.4 million 8.000% senior secured notes due 2020, in connection to which we represented Nomura International plc as initial purchaser.

Unitranche acquisition financing

Advising GSO Capital Partners LP in connection with the debt financing for the acquisition of Ibstock Group Limited and Glen-Gery Corporation by funds managed by Bain Capital Europe, LLP.

Unitranche acquisition financing

Advising GSO Capital Partners LP in connection with its financing of Oaktree Capital Management's acquisition of Ainscough Crane Hire group, a major UK crane rental company, from Goldman Sachs and TPG.