Christopher Utting | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Christopher Utting
Christopher Utting

Christopher Utting

Partner, London

Overview

Chris is an English and New York qualified finance partner based in London. He has some 20 years' experience on cross border financings, including leverage lending, project finance, acquisitions, Islamic finance (formerly head of the group), restructurings, corporate and general banking matters. Sectors include telecommunications, power (both conventional and renewables), industrials and infrastructure. Experience in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Fluent in English and French.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • New York State Bar

Education

  • LLB and BCL, McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal
  • BA, University of Toronto

Languages

  • English
  • French

Experience

Acting for WIND Telecomunicazioni and Wind Acquisition Finance S.A. on the original financing and subsequent refinancings of their $3.9 billion senior credit facilities, including a new €2.7 billion issuance of dual-tranche senior secured bonds by Wind Acquisition Finance S.A. (as well as all their subsequent financings and refinancings.

Acting as common counsel to the lenders (commercial bank group, European Investment Bank (EIB), KfW Ipex Bank, PensionDenmark, the Norwegian government, and 3 ECAs (EKF, GIEK, and ONDD) on the €890 million financing of Northwind Offshore Energy's wind project in Belgium's North Sea.

Acting as principle external finance lawyer (vendor, project, corporate and leverage financings among others) to the Orascom Telecom group including representation of Orascom Telecom  on a US$2 billion senior secured credit facility.

Acting for Telecel in respect of the restructuring its 14 African subsidiaries.

Acting for a European telecommunications company in connection with a fiber optic network rollout.

Acting for Mobily, a telecom operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in connection with a groundbreaking US$2.9 billion Islamic financing facility, based on airtime; (4) acting for the sponsors in numerous steel and cement plant financings in Africa.

Acting for the Wind Hellas group in 2009, and for Weather Investments in  2010, in connection with the restructuring  of Wind Hellas, a Greek Telecommunications operator.

Acting for three international banks in connection with the proposed acquisition financing of a group of listed and unlisted companies in multiple African jurisdictions by an African industrial group.