Martin Forbes | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Martin Forbes
Martin Forbes

Martin Forbes

Partner, London

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


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.

On the borrower side of his practice, 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.

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  • England and Wales


  • LLM, Harvard Law School
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Glasgow
  • LLB, University of Glasgow


  • English


Bridgepoint's acquisition of Zenith, 2017

Advised Bridgepoint on its £425m term loan B financing (and £110m undrawn facilities) for the acquisition of Zenith – the largest ever Sterling unitranche financing.

Refinancing of PLAY, 2017

Advised P4 Sp z. o.o and its shareholders in relation to its PLN 7bn (approximately €1.65 billion) loan and €500m notes refinancing and recapitalisation.

Advent's acquisition of Brammer, 2017

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

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$1.5bn 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.

Montagu's acquisition of Funeral Services Partnership, 2016

Advised Montagu Private Equity in relation to the financing for its acquisition of Funeral Services Partnership.

CapVest's acquisition of IBAM and Mallinckrodt Nuclear Imaging, 2016

Advised the lenders in relation to the financing of the IBA Molecular's (a portfolio of CapVest) carve-out acquisition from Mallinckrodt Plc of its global nuclear imaging radiopharmaceuticals division.

CVC's acquisition of SkyBet, 2015

Advised CVC in relation to the English law and intercreditor aspects of its £390 million financing for the acquisition of SkyBet.

Mid Europa Partners' acquisition of Danube Foods Group BV and Clates Holding BV, 2015

Advised Mid Europa Partners in relation to the debt financing of its acquisition of Danube Foods Group BV and Clates Holding BV.