Awards

Acquisition Finance Expert – France 2021

Acquisition Finance Expert – France 2021

Best Lawyers - Structured Finance Law

Best Lawyers - Structured Finance Law

Décideurs - Banking & Finance

Décideurs - Banking & Finance

Yann Beckers Partner

Yann is a banking and finance partner, based in the Paris office, with a focus on acquisition, leverage, real estate and structured finance. Yann has developed extensive experience in funds finance, including equity bridge and NAV financing. His previous experiences working as an in-house lawyer at CCF (now HSBC France) and in a magic circle law firm has given Yann a particular insight on the issues his banking and institutional clients are facing and also extensive experience in a wide range of national and cross-border secured financing transactions.
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Yann is recognised for his negotiation skills, combining commercial and pragmatic approach, as well as his technical skills and his commitment to his clients.

He advises on general banking transactions, including acquisition, corporate and fund finance, and has also developed a strong expertise in alternative financings such as private placement (EURO PP, unitranche and mezzanine), factoring, leasing and cash-management transactions.

Yann has experience of both the negotiation of these transactions and their restructuring. He also advises on their transfer and related French regulatory issues.

His clients include international banks and financial institutions, private debt lenders, corporates, sponsors, private equity and investment funds.

Yann speaks French, English and German and is a member of the Paris bar since 1997.

‘Yann Beckers is a first-ranking professional with an incredible combination of technical knowledge, human qualities and great sense of the client relationship.‘

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

  • Real estate finance
  • Asset based lending and speciality finance
  • Fund finance
  • Private equity
  • Leveraged and acquisition finance
  • Finance

Advising a Hong-Kong based asset manager of the refinancing of its property company owner of the premises in Paris of an international hotel managed and operated by Accor.

Advising Resolution Property, a UK based real estate investment fund on the financing, by way of a private placement of senior secured bonds, of the construction of an outlet center in Normandy.

Advising Pradera, a retail property investment, fund and asset manager on the financing of the acquisition an European portfolio of warehouses and stores disposed by Ikea.

Advising Sienna AM France in relation to the setting up of an asset back financing to finance the purchase of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units for their subsequent leasing.

Advising ALIF (Arab Leasing International Finance) on an Islamic refinancing for the sale and lease-back of an aircraft to a French regional airline company.

Advising Sienna AM France in relation to the setting up of an asset back financing to finance the purchase of four ATR aircraft to be operated by a French regional airline company.

Advising Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (Banque des Territoires) in connection with the setting up of a subordinated bond issuance to finance in part the construction of a 136-metre Ro-Ro vessel.

More: Asset based lending and speciality finance

Advising a French management company on the negotiation, arrangement and syndication of four (4) equity bridge financings granted by a major French bank for the benefit of their investment funds, in particular:

- an equity bridge facility amounting to US$100 million to investment funds dedicated to global technology;
- an equity bridge facility amounting to €50 million to investment funds dedicated to sustainable investments;
- an equity bridge facility amounting to €60 million to investment funds dedicated to private equity; and
- an equity bridge facility amounting to up to €500 million to the investment funds dedicated to secondary opportunities.

Advising Eurazeo Private Debt Continuation Fund I on the implementation of a NAV financing (net asset value) arranged by Caisse d'Epargne et de Prévoyance Hauts de France.

Advising HSBC Global Infrastructure Debt Fund Feeder SCA SICAV RAIF on the implementation of an equity bridge financing arranged by HSBC Continental Europe.

Advising Red Hexagone on the implementation of an equity bridge financing arranged by HSBC Continental Europe.

Advising Access Capital Partners on an equity bridge financing to its European growth buyout fund.

Advising Access Capital Partners on an equity bridge financing to its capital secondary funds.

Advising French management company on an equity bridge financing for its multi-strategy investment fund.

More: Fund finance

Advising Andera Partners, a private equity firm, in connection with the financing aspects of the acquisition of Groupe Pégase and the subsequent financing of its first build-up with the acquisition of Aléo.

Advising Andera Partners, a private equity firm, in connection with the negotiation of a senior secured facilities to finance the acquisition of Kepler Consulting Group.

Acquisition finance

Advising private debt lender on the restructuring of secured unitranche bonds amounting to EUR 100 million.

Advising private debt lender on the negotiation and implementation of secured PIK mezzanine bonds amounting to EUR 35 million and related senior/mezzanine intercreditor issues with the senior lenders.

Advising pool of French banks on senior acquisition and capex facilities to finance the acquisition of a French real estate project company located in Toulouse.

Advising Andera Partners on the negotiation of senior secured LBO financing for the acquisition of Groupe Pégase and follow-on investments.

Advising Andera Partners on the negotiation of senior secured LBO financing for acquisition of Kepler Consulting Group.

Advising private debt lender on secured unitranche financing for the acquisition of a French insurance broker and the restructuring of such financing.

Advising French banks on club deal Management Buy Out (MBO) in Nantes.

Advising US bank on a secured cross-border acquisition financing involving a French target company.

Advising the holding company owning and operating specialised private schools in France and Italy on the acquisition and financing of private educational establishments privately controlled by investment funds and the subsequent refinancing of the acquisition debt by senior secured unitranche bonds provided by private debt lenders.

French private bank

Advising French private bank on the drafting of its loan and security documentation and French law consumer rules.

Advising owner of wine estate in Bordeaux on the negotiation and implementation of a subordinated mezzanine financing to its holding company and subsequent disposal of the wine estate and refinancing of senior and mezzanine debt.

Advising foreign private banks on the financing and refinancing of the acquisition by high net worth individuals of mountain chalets and villas located in France.

French start-up

Advising on the implementation of a pan-European non-recourse factoring transaction.

Advising on the refinancing of an existing debt and structuring a new capex facility for up to €36 million.

French corporate

Advising on the implementation of a confidential factoring transaction involving its UK subsidiary.

Advising French corporate on the implementation of a multicurrency and cross-border cash pooling transaction involving 16 different jurisdictions and currencies. 

US financing and leasing company

Advising on the acquisition of a participation in a secured movie financing, including French law security and the enforceability of an US law credit agreement against the French obligor.

More: Leveraged and acquisition finance

Private placement (EURO PP)

Advising French corporate company on the issuance of its first EURO PP bonds.

Advising insurance company on the subscription of secured bonds and its pari passu ranking rights with banking lenders under inter-creditor arrangements.

Advising insurance company on the acquisition of a participation in a secured LBO financing and related inter-creditor issues between senior and subordinated creditors.

Asset finance

Advising global investment bank on the potential acquisition of a portfolio of French law finance lease agreements.

Advising private debt fund on the financing of 4 ATR aircraft arranged for a French regional airline.

Advising private debt fund on the financing and leasing of aircraft engines.

Advising middle east bank on Islamic financing of aircraft arranged for a French regional airline.

Regulatory

Advising UK start-up on the structuring of receivables purchase offer to online B-to-C web platforms.

Advising the French branch of a foreign bank on bank regulatory issues, especially the transfer of all its regulated banking activities to a UK affiliated entity; assistance on French banking licence requirements with the French ACPR.

French bank

Advising on the implementation of on-line cash deposit solution and benefit of the French deposit guarantee in favour of the investors.

Advising a major French bank on the implementation of the transitioning of its loan portfolio from LIBOR to risk free rates.

Funds finance

Advising secondary funds, funds of funds, private equity funds and debt funds on their equity bridge and NAV financings.

More: Finance

  • Banks and banking

French bank

Advising on the implementation of on-line cash deposit solution and benefit of the French deposit guarantee in favour of the investors.

French private bank

Advising on the drafting of its loan and security documentation and French law consumer rules.

US bank

Advising US bank on a secured cross-border acquisition financing involving a French target company.

More: Banks and banking

Awards

Acquisition Finance Expert – France 2021

Acquisition Finance Expert – France 2021

Best Lawyers - Structured Finance Law

Best Lawyers - Structured Finance Law

Décideurs - Banking & Finance

Décideurs - Banking & Finance

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