Katie Hicks

Partner, London

Biography

Overview

Katie Hicks is a partner in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group in London.

Katie specializes in infrastructure acquisition financings and refinancings, acting for both infrastructure sponsors and finance providers. She has extensive experience of bank lending, European instructional funding, US private placements and structured financing platforms across a broad spectrum of infrastructure assets.

Katie is ranked as a 'Leading Individual' in Legal 500 UK for Energy and Infrastructure and noted by clients as an 'exceptional finance lawyer'. Chambers UK: Infrastructure also report that, 'She is knowledgeable, commercial and very responsive.'

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
GDL & LPC
College of Law, London
BA
St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford
Languages
English

Experience

Representation of VTTI B.V. on the establishment of the multi-billion dollar multi-creditor common terms platform, including senior bank facilities, a USPP and standalone hedging, for refinancing of their existing unsecured bank and PP debt*

Representation of the lenders in relation to a failed bid acquire Oikos storage terminals*

Representation of the lenders to First State's European Diversified Infrastructure Fund II's acquisition of certain Vopak terminals and Caldic Chemie B.V.*

Representation of Beacon Rail Leasing on the €1.45 billion equivalent refinancing of its senior debt facilities into a new multi-creditor common terms platform with bank and PP debt*

Representation of the funders in relation to the junior platform refinancing of Adven Group, a provider of sustainable and business critical energy infrastructure and services in Finland, Sweden and Estonia*

Representation of the institutional funders on the junior debt financing for a 50% indirect shareholder in Solör Bioenergy Group*

Representation of an infrastructure fund consortium on the certain funds acquisition funding for their bid for Nevel Oy, a Finnish district heating business*

Representation of lenders and PP investors on the Värmevärden refinancing including a platform and bank and PP debt*

Representation of the lenders in relation to the financing of Varme Finco A.S. a Norwegian district heating business

Representation of an infrastructure sponsor on an unsuccessful bid for the Järvenpää/Tuusula district heating assets of Fortum and related bank acquisition financing*

Representation of Aberdeen Standard Investments, DIF and Local Pensions Partnership on refinancing of Finnish district heating company Elenia Lampö Oy and establishment of the multi-creditor debt platform for the refinancing and new debt raise*

Representation of funders in connection with establishing a secured debt platform together with a bank facilities agreement and a note purchase agreement for Loiste group, a Finnish heat distribution business*

Representation of funders in connection with establishing a secured debt platform for HS Orka, one of the largest power and heat generation and supply businesses in Iceland*

Representation of funders on €500 million fully documented funds certain acquisition financing for PGGM's joint bid with Shell for Eneco, a Dutch utility*

Representation of Suomi Gas Distribution and Aberdeen Standard Investments in relation to the refinancing of Suomi Gas Distribution Group, including senior bank facilities and institutional funding*

Representation of the lenders to the infrastructure fund on the multicreditor financing for their unsuccessful bid for MapleCo, a UK gas and electricity smart metering business*

Representation of a consortium of infrastructure funds on the acquisition financing for their unsuccessful bid for Wheelabrator*

Representation of JPM on the establishment of the multi-creditor common terms platform for Koole Terminals, having also advised on the previous refinancing of Koole Terminals. The debt package included ESG linked incentives*

Representation of funders to DWS in relation to the midco financing for its successful bid for Ermewa in a consortium with CDPQ*

Representation of funders in relation to the establishment of the new multi-billion multi-creditor common terms platform for the refinancing of the existing debt of one of the largest single fleet rolling stock owners in Europe*

Representation of Italo, an Italian high-speed train operator, on a €1.1 billion syndicated loan, which in 2019 was the world's largest green loan in the transport sector*

Representation of funders on the refinancing based on the multi-creditor terms for Hector Rail, operating in the Nordics and Germany*

Representation of the funders on the first European data centre financing based on infrastructure finance terms for a portfolio of data centres backed by StepStone, being one of the most efficient data centre portfolios in Switzerland*

Representation of the lenders to 3i on its acquisition and roll-out financing for its successful bid for DNS:NET Internet Service, a German fibre and ISP business*

Representation of funders on the refinancing of Airband, a UK provider of alternative broadband for rural homes and businesses*

Representation of Westerleigh Group, OTPP and USS on the refinancing of the Westerleigh Group, having previously advised OTPP and USS in relation to the acquisition of the Westerleigh Group*

Representation of SL Capital, Rock Rail and GLIL in relation to SPV rolling stock financings for the East Anglia rail franchise and South Western Rail franchise*

Representation of Allianz, Amber, CIC, Dalmore, Hermes, Macquarie and QIA in relation to the acquisition of a 61 per cent stake in the gas distribution business of National Grid, including the establishment of a structured midco debt platform and the raising of bank and institutional funding*

Representation of ADIA, Allianz, Borealis, CIC and MEAG on the refinancing of Tank & Rast, including the establishment of a structured debt platform and the raising of bank finance and issuance of a USPP*

Representation of a syndicate of lenders in relation financing a bid by Macquarie for a 49 per cent stake in Gas Connect Austria*

Representation of the lenders in relation to the refinancing of Navigator Terminals*

Representation of the lenders in relation to the refinancing of Hansea N.V.*

Representation of DIF and EDF on the acquisition of Thyssengas*

Representation of Macquarie in relation to the refinancing of Tanquid, including senior bank facilities and a privately placed bond*

Representation of a syndicate of lenders in relation to financing a bid by PSP for London City Airport*

Representation of OTPP on the refinancing of Bristol Airport and subsequent debt raisings, including senior bank facilities and multiple English law-governed USPPs*

Representation of OTPP and Macquarie on the refinancing of Copenhagen Airport, including senior bank facilities, a EUPP, a USPP and standalone hedging*

Representation of Lloyds in financing the acquisition of Immingham Power Station by Vitol*

Representation of JPM, RBS, Santander and others in financing the public offer for Forth Ports by Arcus*

* Experience prior to joining White & Case

Awards and Recognition

Up and Coming, Infrastructure, Chambers UK 2021