James Greene is a partner in the Firm's Capital Markets Group in London and concentrates on securities transactions and corporate finance, with particular focus on high yield debt offerings and emerging markets.
James has been with White & Case for over 10 years, working on high yield transactions, as well as leveraged finance matters. Clients describe him as "an excellent lawyer who provides very quick, commercial and concise advice" and James is recognized as a "Next Generation Lawyer" by Legal 500 and is ranked as "Up & Coming" in Chambers UK.
Represented PPF Arena 1 B.V. on the establishment of its €3 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme and the debut issuance of €550 million 3.125% notes due March 2026 thereunder. The PPF Arena 1 B.V. group is a leading provider of telecommunication services in the CEE region, consolidating telecommunication activities of the global investment group PPF across six national markets. Its subsidiaries include O2 Czech Republic a.s. and Česká telekomunikační infrastruktura a.s. (CETIN) in the Czech Republic, O2 Slovakia s.r.o. in Slovakia and the former subsidiaries of the Telenor Group in Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro acquired by PPF Arena 1 B.V. in 2018.
Representation of CVC Capital Partners in connection with a €1.3 billion high yield bond issuance related to the proposed acquisition of FIMEI S.p.A., which owns 51.8% of the outstanding share capital of Recordati S.p.A. The senior secured notes have been issued by Rossini S.à.r.l. in two tranches: €650 million 6.750% fixed rate notes due 2025 and €650 million floating rates notes due 2025. The transaction involves four LuxCos in the acquisition financing structure, with a mix of bank and bond financing (including deferred payment notes) and equity contributions (including investments by certain existing managers).
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 Gamenet Group S.p.A. in connection with the issuance of its €225 million Senior Secured Guaranteed Floating Rate Notes due 2023.The notes have been offered and sold pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act and listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The proceeds will be used to finance the acquisition of GoldBet S.r.l.
Represented International Game Technology PLC as Issuer on the offering of €500 million 3.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2024. BNP Paribas, Banca IMI S.p.A., Mediobanca - Banca di Credito Finanziario S.p.A., UniCredit Bank AG, Credit Swisse Seurities (Europe) Limited and ING Bank N.V., London Branch acted as Initial Purchasers.
Represented Wind Tre S.p.A. in connection with its €7.3 billion issuance of high yield senior secured notes, issued pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act, and in connection with a €3.4 billion senior facilities agreement consisting of a €3 billion amortizing term loan and a €400 million revolving credit facility.
WIND Hellas: A complex restructuring in a global recession, Practical Law Company Journal, February 2011 (co-author)