Michael Bark-Jones

Counsel, Stockholm

Biography

Michael Bark-Jones specialises in debt capital markets, including restructuring mandates. One client praises his expertise in this area and describes him as a “very constructive person to work with.” Another client says “Michael Bark-Jones is a very knowledgeable lawyer. Professional and on top of
market trends.”
Chambers / The Legal 500

Overview

Michael is an English law solicitor and Swedish Advokat in the firm's Debt Finance & Capital Markets group located in the Stockholm office. He has advised on a wide range of debt and equity capital market products primarily acting for arrangers, sponsors and issuers (including corporates, financial institutions, and sovereigns) on high yield and investment grade bond offerings for Nordic and International entities issuing in the Nordic and International markets. In addition, Michael has considerable experience working on debt restructurings, liability management transactions and equity-linked issues. He is also a member of the firm's sustainable finance EMEA core team.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Swedish Bar
Education
CPE/LPC
College of Law, London
BA
History with French
Durham University
Languages
English
French
Swedish

Experience

Representation of Accent Equity Partners AB, a Nordic investment firm, and its wholly owned subsidiary AE4 2017 Sweden AB as issuer on the issuance of its up to SEK 500,000,000 senior secured floating rate bonds due 2024. The proceeds from the initial bonds were used to finance the acquisition of Scandinavian Cosmetics Group Holding AB, one of the leading companies in sales, marketing and distribution of well-known brands in the Swedish beauty industry, and to refinance its existing debt.

Representation of Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) and Pareto Securities AS, both financial services firms as joint bookrunners on the issuance by Cabonline Group Holding AB (publ), the leading taxi company in the Nordic region with 3,000 connected taxi firms and approximately 5,700 vehicles in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, of up to SEK 2,200,000,000 senior secured floating rate bonds due 2022. The bonds were issued for the purpose of refinancing existing debt. The Firm also assisted on the establishment of a super senior revolving credit facility and the related intercreditor arrangements.

Representation of Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch and Nordea Bank Abp, both financial services institutions, as Initial Purchasers, on the issuance by Assemblin Financing AB (publ), one of the Nordic region's leading providers of complete installation and service solutions, with a primary focus on electrical engineering, heating and sanitation, ventilation and automation, of €250 million senior secured floating rate notes due 2025 and the establishment of new super senior revolving credit and guarantee facilities as well as a new pension guarantee facility.

Representation of Atlas Copco AB, a Swedish industrial tools and equipment company, in connection with the issuance by Atlas Copco Finance DAC of €300 million of 0.125 percent fixed rate notes due 2029 guaranteed by Atlas Copco AB under its US$3 billion Euro Medium Term Note Program. The notes are listed on Euronext Dublin. BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) acted as Managers in the offering.

Representation of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) and Swedbank AB (publ), both financial services institutions, as joint bookrunners on the issuance by Stillfront Group AB (publ), the Swedish game developer of up to SEK 1,000,000,000 senior unsecured floating rate bonds due 2024 governed by Swedish law. The bonds were issued for the purposes of refinancing a bridge loan used to finance the acquisition of the US game developer, KIXEYE Inc.

Representation of Ukraine, as issuer, in connection with its issuance of EUR 1,000,000,000 6.75% notes due 2026. Goldman Sachs International and BNP Paribas, both financial services institutions, acted as joint lead managers.

Representation of Ukraine in relation to its issuance of US$3 billion 7.375 per cent notes due 2032 in conjunction with a tender offer for its existing notes due 2019 and 2020. The issuance was the first stand-alone Eurobond since the Ukraine's sovereign debt restructuring in 2015 and paves the way for further access to the capital markets in future. BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan acted as joint lead managers on the transaction.

Representation of Fibo Group AS, a leading provider of high-quality waterproof wall systems, as Issuer on the issuance of its up to NOK 300 million floating rate senior secured callable bonds due 2022 to refinance its existing bank debt. The bonds are governed by Norwegian law and will be listed on the Oslo Bors. ABG Sundal Collier and Nordea acted as arrangers for the bond.

Representation of Stora Enso Oyj, a leading manufacturer of pulp, paper and other forest products, in connection with its debut green bond issue under its €4 billion euro medium-termnote programme. The bonds were issue in three tranches of SEK1.250 billion Floating Rate Green Notes due February 2024, SEK3 billion Floating Rate Notes due August 2021 and SEK1.750 billion 1.875% Green Notes due 20 February 2024. The total aggregated principal amount of the transaction is SEK6 billion. The proceeds will be used to finance the Issuer's acquisition of forest assets which are 100% certified to sustainable forestry. DNB, Nordea and SEB acted as joint bookrunners for the transaction. The bonds are listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Representation of Quant AB (publ), the global leader in industrial maintenance, as Issuer, on the issuance of €62.5 million senior secured floating rate bonds due 2023 and €28 million junior fixed rate bonds due 2023 governed by Swedish law. Quant, which is owned by Nordic Capital, a leading private equity investor, used the proceeds from the senior and junior bonds to refinance its outstanding facility of US$125 million (and uncommitted facility of up to US$50 million). The White & Case team also assisted on the establishment of a €20 million Multi- Currency Revolving Credit Facility provided by Nordea.

Representation of Carnegie Investment Bank AB, Nordea Bank AB and Pareto Securities AS, all financial services institutions, as Joint Bookrunners, on the issuance by Ovako AB, developers of high-tech steel solutions, of €310 million 5% senior secured notes due 2022 governed by Swedish law. Ovako used the proceeds of the Swedish law governed notes to refinance its outstanding New York law governed €300 million 6.5% senior secured notes due 2019.

Representation of Nordax Bank AB, a financial services provider, and its majority shareholder, Vision Capital, an international investment group, in Nordax Bank's SEK 2.59 billion initial public offering and listing on Nasdaq Stockholm.

Representation of 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, a provider of roofing products, valued at SEK 10.1 billion.

Publications

Getting the Deal Through, Debt Capital Markets, Sweden 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (co-author)