Corporate lending and acquisition finance
Mannington Mills, Inc.
James advised on the acquisition of The Amtico Flooring Company Limited. The acquisition was financed by way of senior Asset Based Lending debt facilities arranged by Bank of America, N.A. and a mezzanine term facility arranged by TPG.
DFC Global Corp.
James' team advised DFC Global (a Nasdaq listed leading international non-bank provider of alternative financial services) on the English law aspects of a new senior secured credit facility with a syndicate of lenders, with Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch, as Agent. The Revolving Facility provides for a five-year $180 million global revolving credit facility, with potential to further increase the credit facility to up to $230 million.
Lavendon Group plc
James led the team in extending and re-negotiating Lavendon's existing £50 million and €60 million revolving bank credit facilities and in issuing new loan notes by way of US Private Placement with a value of €35 million. Lavendon is a LSE listed plc and the market leader in the rental of powered access equipment in Europe and the Gulf states.This deal involved close co-operation with (and co-ordinating) lawyers across multiple jurisdictions, including the United States, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Archirodon Group N.V.
James advised Archirodon Group N.V, a leading construction group which specialises in construction of Ports and major civil engineering projects, on the refinancing of their $481m syndicated unsecured revolving credit facility.
Next Energy Solar Fund
James and his team advised Next Energy Solar Fund's subsidiaries in relation to a two year £140 million revolving loan facility with Macquarie Bank Limited, London Branch (as lender). The purpose of the facility was to fund the costs of acquiring, constructing and commissioning solar PV projects in England and Wales.
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Real estate finance
James advised on the financing of the £150 million acquisition of the Amber portfolio of properties by a fund managed by Clearbell.
Advised on the £80 million facilities to Columbia Threadneedle to help finance its purchase and the refurbishment of the Queen Mother’s former home in St James’s Square on behalf of private investors.
James advised a fund managed by LaSalle on the financing of the acquisition of Golden Square Shopping Centre, Warrington, for £142 million from Warrington Retail Limited Partnership. The facility was provided by Aareal Bank.
James advised the joint venture vehicle established by Native Land on behalf of various investors (including Grosvenor Estate, Amcorp of Malaysia and Hotel Properties Limited of Singapore) in relation to the £201 million acquisition and development financing of the former Holland Park School site by OCBC and DBS.
Advised Christian Candy’s Fortwell Capital in relation to a £48 million bridging loan to fund the acquisition of a prime development site in the exclusive Chelsea Harbour area of West London.
James acted for Bayern LB in connection with its financing of the acquisition of the Eastgate Centre, Basildon by Infrared Capital Partners for £88.6 million.
Acted for RBS in relation to £25 million acquisition and development facilities to Oxenwood Catalina Limited, an equity joint venture between Oxenwood Real Estate Capital LP and Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd, a Bermuda based reinsurance investment company, to enable it to purchase various logistics assets.
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