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 a Capital Markets partner experienced in multinational high-yield debt offerings.

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

US$1.2 billion senior secured bond issuances and HK$234 million super senior credit facility for Studio City Company, 2016

Rob represented 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. We also represented the Bank of China Limited, Macau Branch as original lender and facility agent on the HK$234 million super senior credit facility for SCC which closed concurrently with the notes offering. The deal won "High-Yield Deal of the Year" at the IFLR Asia Awards 2017.

US$800 million senior bond issue for IHS Towers, 2016

Rob represented 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.

£350 million senior secured bond issue for Cabot, 2016

Rob represented 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 totalling of £470 million.

£275 senior secured bond issue for Amigo Loans, 2016

Rob represented Amigo Loans in its issue of £275 million aggregate principle amount of 7.625% senior secured notes due 2024 under Rule 144A and Regulation S.

IGT's US$5.2 billion senior secured notes issue, 2015

Rob represented advised 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.

€7.75 billion senior and senior secured bond issuances for Wind Telecomunicazioni, 2014

Rob represented Wind Acquisition Finance S.A. and Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A., a leading Italian telecommunications operator, on a new €3.75 billion dual-tranche senior bond issuance and a new €4.00 billion tri-tranche senior secured bond issuance by Wind Acquisition Finance S.A.

Second-largest debut Euro telecom issue ever, 2014

Rob represented Polish mobile telecoms operator P4 Sp. Z o.o., which trades as Play, on its ground-breaking, 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.

€342 million senior secured notes for film and polymer manufacturer, 2014

Rob represented sponsor Arle and the Innovia Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty films and polymer substrates used in banknote production, Rob advised on its €342 million senior secured floating rate notes, due 2020.

First internationally marketed high-yield bond listed on Tel Aviv Exchange, 2014

Rob represented 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

2011: Euromoney Leveraged Finance European conference, Moderator

Publications

  • Time for a Change, International Finance Law Review, January 2011, (co-author)