Michael Bark-Jones | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Michael Bark-Jones
Michael Bark-Jones

Michael Bark-Jones

Associate, Stockholm

T +46 8 506 32 389

E mbark-jones@whitecase.com

Overview

Michael is an English law solicitor and EU Advokat in the firm's Banking & Capital Markets group located in the firm's Stockholm office. He has advised on a wide range of debt and equity capital market products primarily acting for underwriters and issuers (including corporates, financial institutions and sovereigns) on Reg S and Rule 144A offerings for entities in the CEE, Nordics and emerging markets.

In addition, Michael has considerable experience working on debt restructurings, liability management transactions and equity-linked issues.

A recent highlight was advising the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the ground-breaking restructuring of over US$16 billion of Ukraine's sovereign Eurobonds.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • EU Advokat

Education

  • CPE/LPC, College of Law, London
  • BA, History with French, Durham University

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Swedish

Experience

Representing Atlas Copco AB (publ) in connection with the update of its US$3 billion euro medium-term note programme and subsequent offering of €500 million 0.625% notes due 2026 under the programme and the related redemption of its outstanding 5.60% notes due 2017. The notes were issued at a record low coupon in the European corporate bonds market.

Representing FSN Capital in relation to the issue by its wholly owned subsidiary Velcora Holding AB (publ) of its SEK 525 million Senior Secured Callable Floating Rate Bonds due 2021 for the purposes of acquiring Roplan Holding AB, a Swedish industrial parts manufacturer.

Representing Nordax Bank AB and its majority shareholder, Vision Capital, and in Nordax Bank’s SEK 2.59 billion initial public offering and listing on Nasdaq Stockholm.

Representing SEB and Danske Bank as joint bookrunners on the issue by Hoist Kredit AB (publ) of its €100 million senior unsecured floating rate notes.

Representing Nordic Capital on the financing of its acquisition of Israeli media solutions company Vizrt Ltd. through a reverse triangular merger, by the issue of USD 113,300,000 senior secured bonds due 2021 issued by a Norwegian finance vehicle.

Representing SSAB AB (publ), the Swedish Steel company, on the update of its Swedish MTN and EMTN programmes and the issue of SEK 1,500 million and EUR 350 million bonds thereunder in connection with its combination with Rautaruukki Oyj valued at SEK 10.1 billion.

Representing Swedish confectionary company Cloetta AB (publ) on its issue of SEK 1 billion senior secured notes due 2018 and the amendment of certain of its existing financial indebtedness. The Notes rank pari passu with Cloetta AB (publ)'s bank financing and are listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.

Representing Synthos S.A., one of the largest European producers of chemical raw materials, on the issuance of senior notes with a total value of €350 million. The notes were issued by Synthos Finance AB (publ), a special purpose vehicle with a registered office in Stockholm, Sweden.

Representing BofA Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, UBS Investment Bank, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs International as Joint Lead Managers in connection with the issuance and Reg S offering of EUR 500 million 1.375% Guaranteed Notes due in 2019 of PZU Finance AB (publ), a financial vehicle of PZU S.A., Poland's largest insurance company in terms of gross written premiums.

Representing Solidium, a Finnish sovereign wealth fund, on its issue of €600 million 0.5% exchangeable bonds due 2015, exchangeable into shares of TeliaSonera AB.

Publications

  • Getting the Deal Through, Debt Capital Markets, Sweden (2016), (co-author)