Martin Forbes

Partner, London

Biography

Martin Forbes is a finance lawyer with substantial experience of advising private equity sponsors.

Overview

Martin Forbes' practice focuses primarily on advising private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and other borrowers. He also advises banks and alternative capital providers.

He is a committed lawyer with excellent technical skills, strong client relationships and a significant track record.

Clients benefit from Martin's contribution to the Firm's leading US/European leveraged finance product platform. This combines sophisticated finance support with the English, US and local law capability already provided by the Firm in all the major jurisdictions in which private equity firms invest or raise finance.

Educated in the UK and the United States, Martin has an international outlook that makes him well-placed to navigate the complexities of cross-border transactions.

Martin has 15 years' experience advising a varied list of clients that has included CVC, Bridgepoint, Mid Europa Partners, Montagu Private Equity, Cinven, Permira and EQT as well as many banks and other financial institutions.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
LLM
Harvard Law School
Diploma in Legal Practice
University of Glasgow
LLB
University of Glasgow
Languages
English

Experience

Bridgepoint's public takeover offer for Cherry AB, 2019
Advised a consortium including Bridgepoint on the debt financing for a $1 billion (SEK 9.2 billion) public takeover offer for Cherry AB.

CVC Capital Partners' acquisition of Recordati, 2018
Advised CVC Capital Partners on the €3.4 billion bridge to bond facilities and €250 million revolving credit facilities, for its acquisition from the Recordati family of the holding company that owns a 51.8 percent stake in the Italian pharmaceutical group Recordati and subsequent public takeover offer for the remaining shares.

CVC's acquisition of Mehiläinen, 2018
Advised CVC on the €810 million senior facilities and €200 million second lien facility for its acquisition of the Mehiläinen Group.

IoN's public takeover of Fidessa plc, 2018
Representing UBS AG, Stamford Branch as arranger on an incremental term loan facility for ION .The transaction included US$1.32 billion of initial dollar term loans and €670 million of initial euro loans, the proceeds of which were used, in part, to acquire Fidessa Group plc, a publicly traded UK company.

Bridgepoint's acquisition of Safety Technology Holdings, 2018
Advised Bridgepoint on its New York law governed loan financing for the financing for its acquisition of Safety Technology Holdings.

OCI's $2.25 billion bank and bond financing, 2018
Advised Barclays, Crédit Agricole, Citigroup,  Rabobank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and J.P. Morgan as mandated lead arrangers on $1.15 billion senior secured notes and $1.1 billion  senior secured facilities for OCI N.V.

EQT’s acquisition of SUSE, 2018
Advised JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Jefferies as mandated lead arrangers in connection with the senior debt financing for EQT's acquisition of SUSE, which included a €675m covenant lite TLB and a $81 million revolving credit facility.

Bridgepoint's acquisition of Zenith, 2017
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.

Leonard Greens' acquisition of CPA, 2017
Advised the arrangers including Jefferies and Nomura on Leonard Greens' $1.3 billion term loan B acquisition financing for the acquisition of CPA Global.

Leonard Greens' acquisition of CPA, 2017
Advised the arrangers including Jefferies and Nomura on Leonard Greens' $1.3 billion term loan B acquisition financing for the acquisition of CPA Global.

Rhone Capital's refinancing for Ask Chemicals Group, 2017
Advised Rhone Capital in relation to the €210 million covenant lite refinancing for Ask Chemicals Group, one of Rhone Capital's portfolio companies.

Bridgepoint's acquisition of Evac, 2017
Advised Bridgepoint on its €120 million (and €70 million undrawn facilities) for the acquisition of Evac.

Advent's acquisition of Brammer and IPH, 2017
Advised GSO in relation to its financing of Advent's acquisition of Brammer Limited (formerly Brammer plc) and IPH.

EIG's acquisition of oil and natural gas assets, 2017
Advised Harbour Energy, the energy investment vehicle managed by EIG Global Energy Partners in relation to the US$1.5 billion financing for its agreement to lead the US$3 billion acquisition by Chrysaor of a diversified portfolio of oil and natural gas assets in the North Sea from Shell UK and its affiliates.

Leonard Greens' acquisition of PureGym, 2017
Advised the arrangers including Barclays and Jefferies on Leonard Greens' £420 million bridge to bond and super senior revolving facilities for the acquisition of PureGym.