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Brian Dearing is an associate in the Firm's Capital Markets Group in London.
His experience includes representing investment banks and companies in connection with SEC reporting requirements, corporate governance matters and securities transactions, including high yield bond offerings, and other Rule 144A and Regulation S debt offerings.
Advised an investment consortium led by CVC Capital Partners, including PSP Investments and StepStone, on an offering of €650 million Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2025 and €650 million 6.750% Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes due 2025, issued in conjunction with the acquisition from the Recordati family of the holding company that owns a 51.8% stake in the Italian pharmaceutical group Recordati.
Represented Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited and Société Générale, as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners, and KKR Capital Markets Limited, as joint bookrunner, on the €120 million offering of Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2024 by Louvre Bidco SAS, a subsidiary of funds advised by BC Partners, to finance the acquisition of DSO SAS.
Represented International Game Technology PLC, on its issuance of €500 million 3.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 and $750 million 6.250% Senior Secured Notes due 2027. International Game Technology PLC is the world’s largest end to end gaming company (by revenue), with leading market positions in North America and Italy and the most extensive gaming content library in the world.
Represented Gamenet Group S.p.A. on its issuance of €225,000,000 Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2023. Gamenet Group S.p.A. is one of the main operators in the regulated gaming sector in Italy in terms of revenues.
Represented Piaggio & C. S.p.A. on its issuance of €250,000,000 3.625% Senior Notes due 2025. Piaggio is Europe’s largest manufacturer, and the region’s current and historical number one choice for, two-wheeled motor vehicles under their internationally recognized brands Vespa, Piaggio, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Gilera, Scarabeo and Derbi.
Advised Citi, Standard Bank and Standard Chartered as Global Coordinators in connection with the issuance of $350 million 9.25% Senior High Yield Notes due 2023 by Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, a Nigerian oil and gas exploration and production company, issued pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act.
Advised BNP Paribas, UniCredit Bank, Banka Akros - Gruppo Banco BPM and Banca IMI, as Initial Purchasers, on US federal, NY State and Italian law aspects of the issuance of €325 million 6.00 percent senior notes due 2023 by Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti - C.M.C. di Ravenna Società Cooperativa, issued pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act.
Represented Wind Tre S.p.A. on its €7.3 billion issuance of high yield senior secured notes, in a combination of euro-denominated fixed and floating rate notes and dollar-denominated fixed rate notes, issued pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S, and on a new €3.4 billion senior facilities agreement consisting of a €3 billion amortizing term loan and a €400 million revolving credit facility.
Represented Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) on the update of its $20 billion U.S. Medium-Term Note Program and subsequent issuance of $1 billion 1.95% Notes and $500 million Floating Rate Notes under the program.
Advised Play Communications S.A., as Issuer, and its shareholders in connection with Play Communications S.A.'s initial public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The IPO valued the company at €4 billion (PLN 16 billion). Play shares were listed on July 27, 2017. Upon issuance, it was the largest ever non-privatisation IPO of a Polish company, the largest IPO in the telecommunications sector in Europe since June 2015, and one of the five largest ever Polish IPOs.
Advised the Initial Purchasers, on the Rule 144A/Regulation S $1,350 million offering comprised of $600 million 4.875% Senior Notes due 2024 and $750 million 5.500% Senior Notes due 2027 by Wynn Macau, Limited.
Advised BNP Paribas, UniCredit Bank, Banka Akros - Gruppo Banco BPM and Banca IMI, as Initial Purchasers, on US federal, NY State and Italian law aspects of the issuance of €250 million 6.875 percent senior notes due 2022 by Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti - C.M.C. di Ravenna Società Cooperativa, issued pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act.
Advised global private equity firm Rhône Capital LLC on its US$150 million preferred equity investment, through affiliated investment funds, in VistaJet.
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$650,000,000 7.25 per cent. senior secured second lien notes due 2022 by Petra Diamonds.
Advised Bridgepoint on its £425 million term loan B financing (and £110 million undrawn facilities) for the acquisition of Zenith – the largest ever Sterling unitranche financing.
Advised IHS Netherlands Holdco B.V. on its issue of US$800 million senior notes due 2021. The issuer is a leading operator of telecommunications towers in Nigeria. The offering was made in conjunction with a tender offer for existing notes issued by a subsidiary of the issuer.
Advised Parques Reunidos Servicios Centrales, S.A., in connection with its €525 million initial public offering and listing on the Spanish Stock Exchanges.
Advised the Republic of Poland on its issuance of a US$1.75 billion ten-year benchmark bond. The offering was registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission under Poland's shelf registration statement.
Overview: Company, Insolvency, and Receivership Law, Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2015