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Chris Beatty

Partner

Chris Beatty

Partner
London +44-20-7959-8505 +44-20-7959-8505 +44-20-7959-8950+44-20-7959-8950
[email protected]

Chris Beatty is a partner in the Firm’s London office who concentrates on cross-border corporate finance transactions and restructurings, advising sponsors, corporations, funds, lenders and broker-dealers on securities and lending transactions in Europe, the United States and Australia. Mr. Beatty has particular expertise in acquisition finance, distressed debt transactions, secured and unsecured debt finance, structured products and bank lending transactions. These transactions have included a wide variety of public and private offerings of debt, equity, convertible and hybrid securities, and secured and unsecured bank lending transactions.

Prior to his move to London in 2014, Mr. Beatty was a resident of the Firm’s Sydney office from 2007 to 2013 and the Firm’s New York office from 2013 to 2014.

   Recognitions

  • Chambers UK: Capital Markets (2017)
  • IFLR1000: (2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015)
  • Best Lawyers in Australia: Equity
  • Capital Markets (2014)
  • The Legal 500 United Kingdom (2015, 2016)


SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

Acquisition Finance
  • C.banner on its disposal of Hamleys and its proposed acquisition of House of Fraser (2019)
  • Kering S.A. in the divestment of its Volcom brand and operations to Authentic Brands Group (2019)
  • Capital Product Partners L.P. on its definitive agreement to spin-off its crude and product tanker business and merge with DSS Holdings L.P. (2019)
  • Financière SNOP Dunois on its Memorandum of Understanding with Tower International, Inc. to acquire its European operations (2018)
  • Altran Technologies in its term loan and bridge financing facilities for the acquisition of Aricent (2018)
  • Bayer AG on the financing aspects of the sale of Bayer’s sale of its the technology and assets associated with Bayer’s glufosinate ammonium business, as well as Bayer’s canola, cotton and soybean seed assets, for approximately $7 billion in cash (2017)
  • BBA Aviation plc on the financing of its acquisition of Landmark Aviation from affiliates of The Carlyle Group, in a transaction valued at $2.065 billion (2016)
  • Koninklijke Philips N.V. in its bridge loan financing for the acquisition of Volcano Corporation (2015) and bridge loan financing and bond take-out for the acquisition of Spectranetics Corporation (2017)
  • Koninklijke Philips N.V. on the financing for two separate dispositions: the sale of a majority interest (80.1%) in its Lumileds lighting business (2015)
  • Alcatel –Lucent in a public offer to exchange all outstanding shares and bonds of Alcatel-Lucent for Nokia shares (2016)
  • C.banner International Holdings Limited on its acquisition of Ludendo Enterprises UK Limited (2015)
  • American Energy Partners in respect of separate convertible bond, bridge-to-bond and committed term loan financings for its acquisitions of unconventional gas assets in the Permian Basin, the Utica Shale and the Marcellus Shale (2014)
  • ZF Friedrichshafen in respect of financing matters for its $13 billion acquisition of TRW (2014)
  • Amgen in its structured financing transaction to finance the acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals (2013)
  • Apollo Tyres on its proposed but terminated
    $2.5 billion acquisition of Cooper Tire (terminated)
  • Goldman Sachs and other underwriters in a bridge-to-bond acquisition finance transaction for the leveraged acquisition of Domestic & General by a leading European sponsor (2013)
  • Goldman Sachs in respect of financing matters on its control investment in Hastings Insurance Group (2013)
Corporate Finance Transactions
  • The equity & debt holders to a newly formed Litigation Funding Vehicle (2019)
  • A lender to Aston Martin (2019)
  • The lenders and underwriters of Tele Columbus’ leveraged loan and high yield bond transactions (2014-2018)
  • Atlas Iron Limited in senior secured term loan B leveraged loan facilities (2018)
  • The underwriters to Jaguar Land Rover on its $500 million notes offering, €650 million notes offering, £300 million notes pursuant to Rule 144A/Reg S (2017) and separate offerings of $500 million and £400 million senior high-yield bonds (2014 and 2015)
  • Philips Lighting N.V. in connection with the bank facilities established in connection with its initial public offering (2016)
  • The lenders to HelloFresh on its working capital facility (2016)
  • CNH Industrial in respect of its U.S. and Europeans debt programs and related liability management (ongoing)
  • Alcatel-Lucent in series of high-yield bond and term loan B refinancing transactions (2013-2015)
  • Elis S.A. in respect of Novalis S.A.S.’s €800 million high-yield senior note offering pursuant to Rule 144A/Reg S following Elis’s initial public offering (2015)
  • A private family office in connection with its margin loan financings (2016-2017)
  • SoftBank Group Corp on an approximately $4.5 billion multi-tranche senior notes offerings (2015 and 2017)
  • American Energy – Utica on its $750 million convertible note and $500 million term loan financings (2014)
  • UBS and the other underwriters on a high-yield bond offering by Jingrui Holdings Limited, a Chinese REIT (2014)
  • Credit Suisse and the other underwriters on the $325 million high-yield bond offering by Nufarm Limited (2012)
  • Aurora Oil & Gas in senior secured, asset-based revolving credit facility, high-yield bond and acquisition finance transactions (2011–2013)
  • Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group on its senior secured traditional U.S. private placement transactions to refinance a portion of its project finance facilities (2012–2015)
  • Midwest Vanadium in its $335 million project bond offering to finance the construction of the Windimurra vanadium mine (2011)
Restructuring Transactions
  • The second lien lenders in the restructuring of Doncasters (2019)
  • A bondholder in the restructuring of Steinhoff (2018-2019)
  • Royal Bank of Scotland plc, HSH Nordbank AG, Piraeus Bank SA and Aegean Baltic Bank SA on the consensual restructuring of Danaos Corporation, consisting of an amendment and extension of all Danaos’ loan agreement, together with a partial equitization of Danaos’ $2.2 billion secured term loans (2018)
  • York Capital, who led the Ad Hoc Committee Of Senior Secured Note Holders, in relation to Bibby Offshore Group’s financial restructuring and recapitalisation (2018)
  • The Committee of Senior Secured Noteholders on the restructuring of Brighthouse Group Limited (2018)
  • An Ad Hoc Group of Revolving Lenders on the Expro bankruptcy (2018)
  • The Company and the shareholders of J&P Overseas Limited (Greece), a Middle Eastern construction company on its failed restructuring and subsequent liquidation (2018)
  • Pacific Drilling on its refinancing and restructuring (2016-2018)The lender on the restructuring of U.K./Australian law firm, Slater and Gordon (2018)
  • The Committee of Unsecured Noteholders on the $3 billion global restructuring of Algeco Scotsman, Inc. (2017)
  • Atlas Iron on its restructuring by way of Australian Scheme of Arrangement (2017)
  • The lenders to GulfMark Americas, in respect of its debt restructuring‎ (2017)
  • The Co-ordinating Committee of Creditors on the global restructuring of Abengoa, a Spanish renewables company operating in more than 80 countries across Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East (2017)
  • Ascribe Capital, Goldman Sachs International and Brookfield Credit Opportunities in connection with Emeco Holdings’ restructuring support agreement that established a framework for its recapitalization and merger with Orionstone and Andy’s Earthmovers (2016)
  • The Committee of Senior Secured Noteholders on the restructuring of Emeco Holdings Limited by way of Australian Scheme of Arrangement (2016)
  • Zim Integrated Shipping in respect of its debt restructuring (2014)
  • The Senior Secured Creditors in the successful restructuring of Towergate Insurance Group (2014-2015)
  • Certain distressed debt funds in respect of the restructuring of ATU (2013)
  • Midwest Vanadium in its consent solicitations in respect of its $335 million of outstanding project bonds (2012-2013)