Martin Forbes

Partner, London


Martin is recommended by The Legal 500 UK, 2023 as a “lead on much of the most significant borrower-side work, primarily on behalf of private equity sponsors.”

Chambers UK, 2023 describes him as “an excellent lawyer. He is very focused on the detail and a real problem solver on deals.”


Martin is a partner of the Firm's Debt Finance Group in London. His practice focusses primarily on advising private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and other borrowers. He also advises banks and alternative capital providers.

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

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Harvard Law School
Diploma in Legal Practice
University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow


Maticmind, 2022
Representation of CVC Capital Partners in connection with the senior loan €250 million financing for their investment in Maticmind, an Italian IT company focused on proprietary intelligence technologies and integrated solutions in networking, cybersecurity, datacentres, cloud solutions and IoT.

Verallia, 2022
Representation of Verallia, world's third largest producer of glass containers for food and beverages, on the acquisition of Allied Glass from Sun European Partners LLP.

Unily, 2022
Representation of CVC Capital Partners in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Unily, a UK-US based cloud-solutions business.

Ali Group, 2022
Representation of Ali Group, one of the largest and most diversified global leaders in the foodservice equipment industry, in connection with its US$4.8 billion acquisition of Welbilt, Inc., a US public company.

FutureLife, 2022
Representation of CVC Capital Partners in connection with the financing of the acquisition of FutureLife, a leading pan-European provider of IVF and related genetics services.

Representation of GRIDSERVE, a tech-enabled sustainable energy business providing advanced hybrid solar and battery farms, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and an electric vehicle leasing platform, on a £200 million initial investment from Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Plc.

OCI N.V., 2022
Representation of the lenders in connection with a US$1.1 billion refinancing of the existing revolving facility agreement of OCI N.V., a leading global producer and distributor of hydrogen-based products providing low carbon fertilizers, fuels, and feedstock to agricultural, transportation, and industrial customers around the world.

Promotora de Informaciones, S.A., 2022
Representation of Angelo Gordon Europe LLP and funds advised by PIMCO as lead lenders in a €760 million syndicated refinancing of Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (BME: PRS).

Oatly, 2021
Representation of Oatly, a Swedish vegan food brand, in connection with its SEK3.6 billion sustainability-linked financing provided by a club consisting of several Nordic / European banks, prior to Oatly's US$10 billion initial public offering and listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. The financing is framed by sustainability targets.

Cerba, 2021
Representation of the mandated lead arrangers including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Natixis, UBS and JP Morgan in connection with the loan and bond financing for the acquisition by EQT and PSP Investments of Cerba HealthCare and the subsequent acquisition of Lifebrain by Cerba HealthCare. The financing included €1.875bn term loan B facilities, €720m senior secured notes, €525m senior unsecured notes and €400m revolving credit facilities.

Mehiläinen, 2021
Representation of Mehiläinen, a Finnish health services provider, and its majority-owner CVC Capital Partners on the issuance of an ESG linked incremental facility worth €1.06 billion.

IMA, 2020
Representation of BC Partners LLP and SOFIMA on the €1.25 billion high yield bond and €400 million debt facilities for the acquisition of IMA S.p.A., an Italian publicly-traded company and world leader in the design and production of automatic machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, tea, coffee and tobacco, including through a public takeover offer. The transaction values the equity of IMA at approximately €2.93 billion.

Swissport, 2020
Representation of Swissport, a multinational cargo/airport ground services provider, on their debt restructuring and new financing process including a new €500 million term loan facility and up to €200 million revolving facility. 

Colisée, 2020
Representation of Societe Generale as agent and security agent and Credit Suisse International, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale and Barclay Bank PLC as arrangers, as well as other lenders in connection with EQT Infrastructure's acquisition of the Coliseé group, a leading operator of nursing home facilities, based in France, from IK Investment Partners.

Cherry AB, 2019
Representation of a consortium including Bridgepoint on the debt financing for a $1 billion (SEK 9.2 billion) public takeover offer for Cherry AB, a Sweden-based gaming company.

Recordati, 2018
Representation of 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.