Rob Mathews | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Rob Mathews
Rob Mathews

Rob Mathews

Partner, London

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Rob Mathews is “very commercial, efficient, to the point and quick to spot issues and respond to client requests. He is also a pleasure to work with, very personable, and his legal analysis is always top-quality,” according to clients. He has significant experience in the high-yield space acting on large transactions for EMEA clients.

Chambers UK 2018

Overview

Rob Mathews is a partner in the Firm's Capital Markets Group in London who regularly represents clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Rob's clients benefit from his significant experience in multinational corporate and finance transactions, notably high-yield debt offerings.

Working with investment banks and corporates, he brings insight and rigour to securities and other finance transactions, including cross-border Rule 144A and Regulation S debt and equity offerings and restructurings.

Rob's clients also value his guidance in respect of matters relating to US securities law.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • MBA, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Languages

  • English

Experience

J.P. Morgan, HSBC and Barclays as global coordinators and Merrill Lynch International, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Crédit Agricole, Goldman Sachs, Rabobank and Société Générale as joint bookrunners, on the Rule 144A/Regulation S debut offering of US$1.15 billion (equivalent) senior secured notes due 2023 by OCI N.V. The Issuer is a global producer and distributor of natural gas-based fertilizers and industrial chemicals based in the Netherlands with significant operations across the US, Europe and the Middle East. The notes, which were issued on April 26, 2018, comprise US$650 million 6.625% senior secured notes due 2023 and €400 million 5.000% senior secured notes due 2023. Rob also represented the dealer manager in relation to a tender offer for OCI N.V.'s convertible bond.

Wind Tre S.p.A. in connection with its €7.3 billion issuance of high yield senior secured notes, issued pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act, and in connection with a €3.4 billion senior facilities agreement consisting of a €3 billion amortizing term loan and a €400 million revolving credit facility.

Nostrum Oil & Gas Finance B.V. on its offering of US$400 million Senior Notes due 2025 and its related offers and consent solicitations (the "Offers") to purchase Zhaikmunai LLP's outstanding 6.375% Senior Notes due February 14, 2019 and 7.125% Senior Notes due November 13, 2019.

Citi, Standard Bank and Standard Chartered as Global Coordinators in connection with the issuance of US$350 million 9.25% Senior High Yield Notes due 2023 by Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, a Nigerian oil and gas exploration and production company, issued pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act.

Amigo Luxembourg S.A. in its issue of £275 million aggregate principle amount of 7.625% senior secured notes due 2024 under Rule 144A and Regulation S of the Securities Act 1933. Amigo is the leading company in the UK guarantor loan market. J.P. Morgan, Jefferies and The Royal Bank of Scotland (trading as NatWest Markets) acted as joint bookrunners for the offering. This was one of the first high yield bond issuances in Europe in 2017. We also acted on the subsequent £75 million tap offering of its 7.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 at an issue price of 104.5% plus accrued interest.

Deutsche Bank, as sole global coordinator and left lead bookrunner, Bank of America Merrill Lynch as joint bookrunner (active) and ANZ and BOC International as joint bookrunners (passive) in the Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of senior secured notes by Studio City Company Limited (SCC). The offering consisted of US$350 million aggregate principal amount 5.875% senior secured notes due 2019, and US$850 million aggregate principal amount 7.25% senior secured notes due 2021. The deal won "High-Yield Deal of the Year" at the IFLR Asia Awards 2017.

IHS Towers on the offering of US$800 million 9.500% senior notes due 2021 and the Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation in respect of their outstanding US$250 million 8.375% Guaranteed Senior Notes due 2019. The transaction is the largest ever for a Nigerian corporate and the largest high yield transaction in Africa to date.

Cabot Financial (Luxembourg) S.A. in connection with the offering of £350 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2023. Also represented Cabot on three previous New York law-governed high yield bond offerings totaling £470 million.

IGT (formerly GTECH S.p.A.), a company active in the gaming technology, content and service delivery solutions sectors to gaming markets, in its issuance of senior secured notes denominated in three tranches totaling US$3.2 billion and two tranches totaling €1.55 billion, equivalent in aggregate to approximately US$5.2 billion. This transaction represents the largest bond deal by an Italian issuer in the international capital markets.

Polish mobile telecoms operator P4 Sp. Z o.o., which trades as Play, on its groundbreaking, inaugural €870 million and PLN 130 million dual-tranche high-yield bond issue and entry into a new super senior revolving credit facility. The deal is the largest euro debut high-yield transaction since 2010 and the second largest debut euro telecom issue ever.

B Communications Ltd in its innovative debut US$800 million high-yield bond offering. The offering was the first to be internationally marketed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

Speaking Engagements

2018: Panelist: CA-CIB Global Leveraged Finance Conference, London

Publications

  • 2018: European Leverage Debt Lifts Off (co-author)