Yasmine El Kafsi

Associate, London

Biography

Overview

Yasmine is an Associate in the Firm's EMEA Debt Finance team in London, with experience in bank lending, sponsor financing, private credit, emerging markets and acquisition financing. From November 2019 to July 2020, she was seconded to Standard Chartered Bank’s legal team in London, helping advise multiple business teams at the bank on a variety of financings.

Prior to joining White & Case in 2019, Yasmine worked in the London and Bahrain offices of a leading global law firm.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
BA (Hons)
University of Bristol
LLB
College of Law

Bristol

Languages
English
Arabic
French

Experience

Representative transactions include acting for:

  • Huvepharma EOOD in relation to various financings;
  • Encore Capital Group, Inc. on its new US$1.5 billion global funding structure;
  • EQT Credit as unitranche provider in connection with the acquisition of Sykes Cottages group by Vitruvian;
  • Goldman Sachs (through its funds) in connection with the acquisition of Ober Scharrer Gruppe by Nordic Capital. Debt size: €330 million;
  • Standard Chartered Bank as lender in relation to a sharia-compliant facility to finance the acquisition of the UK retailer Sports Direct's warehouse and distribution complex in the UK.

Prior to joining the Firm:

  • Standard Chartered Bank in relation to a US$ 1 billion receivables backed credit facility for Sonangol;
  • Roadchef (on behalf of Antin partners) on its 2016 refinancing of its existing bank facilities and whole business securitisation;
  • Macquarie Atlas Roads for the financing of the acquisition of 4.86% stake in French road group Autoroutes-Rhin-Rhone (APRR);
  • A large South African group on the financing of the acquisition of multiple car dealerships in England;
  • Macquarie Europa Infrastructure Fund II L.P. on the sale of its share in Thames Water;
  • Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation and First Gulf Bank PJSC on a US$ 120 million equity bridge loan financing to ACWA Power Ouarzazate III SA for the Noor III Concentrated Solar Power Project;
  • Saudi Arabian Mining Company and Alcoa Inc. in relation to a US$ 4 billion multi tranche export credit agency backed project financing in Saudi Arabia;
  • Acted for the Government of Bahrain in relation to multiple international bond issuances that consisted of both Rule 144-A and Regulation S tranches.