Mikaela Nikolausson | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Mikaela Nikolausson

Associate, Dubai

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Mikaela is an associate in our Banking Practice based in our Dubai office. As well as her experience in the UAE, Mikaela has spent some time in our London office.

Her experience includes advising sovereigns, financial institutions, private equity sponsors and corporates borrowers in relation to a wide range of debt-offerings, banking and finance transactions, including cross-border acquisition finance, refinancing and restructuring projects and general bank lending.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales


  • Bachelor of International Studies with Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University
  • LPC, University of Law


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Swedish


Representation of Castik Capital, the German based private equity firm on the debt financing on the financing provided by one of Ardian's direct lending funds for the acquisition of the transport and delivery logistics division, Wolters Kluwer Transport Services, from the Wolters Kluwer group.

Representation of HgCapital in a deal where Hg Capital, Cinven and a consortium including Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, Montagu Private Equity and Intermediate Capital Group are together investing in Europe's largest software buyout to date, with the NOK 45 billion (US$5.3 billion) acquisition of business technology provider Visma. White & Case acted on the PIK facility and the antitrust aspect of the transaction.

Representation of Cerberus Capital Management, LP, acting via subsidiary Promontoria Holding 202 BV (as a borrower), on Promontoria’s acquisition and financing of a portfolio of commercial loans in Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and Denmark from HSH Nordbank AG. Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A. acted as the fronting bank under a trust arrangement in respect of a loan which was unable to transfer from HSH to a non-financial institution either legally or via traditional sub-participation, and as lender under the senior facilities agreement.

Representation of EQUATE Petrochemical Company K.S.C.C. and the Kuwait Olefins Company K.S.C.C. on the establishment of EQUATE Petrochemical B.V.'s US$4 billion GMTN Programme in October 2016 and the Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of US$2.25 billion notes in aggregate under this Programme. This transaction marked the first ever Rule 144A issuance wholly guaranteed by Kuwaiti entities, the largest ever international Eurobond issuance wholly guaranteed by Kuwaiti entities and the largest corporate Eurobond offering from the GCC region since June 2014.

Representation of the Republic of Nigeria in connection with the establishment (and upsize) of a US$1.5 billion GMTN programme and subsequent Reg S/144A offering of US$1 billion 7.875% notes due 2032.

Representation of UKEF and lenders in connection with export credit-supported re-financings including more than 30 Airbus aircraft for AirAsia

Representation of financiers in lease financing of Airbus aircraft to Etihad Airways

Representation of lenders in connection with limited recourse financings to operating lessors of aircraft portfolios on lease to numerous airlines

Representation of Amigo Loans in connection with its initial offering of £275 million and tap offerings of £50 million and £75 million of senior secured notes.

Representation of Cabot Financial in connection with its offering of £350 million senior secured notes.