JamesDibble

Associate

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James Dibble has experience representing lenders and borrowers on a wide range of banking and finance transactions, with particular focus on real estate. He also has experience in emerging markets.

James regularly acts for commercial banks, private equity funds, and private companies in real estate finance transactions across a number of asset classes in both investment and development transactions, with recent deals in the office, hotel, retail, and private residential sectors. He also acts for clients on the financing of nonperforming loan (NPL) portfolio acquisitions, including the financing arrangements for the recent acquisition of a €1.3 billion portfolio in Greece.

Recent transactions include Blackstone's financing of the acquisition and subsequent development of a commercial office property in central London, the financing by Wells Fargo, N.A. of the acquisition of a large portfolio of retail properties located throughout the UK, and the refinancing by a private equity fund of a number of its NPL portfolios.

James also has been seconded to an international investment bank where he worked on several portfolio acquisitions and restructurings.

Experience

  • Hyster-Yale amends existing revolving credit facilityJones Day represented Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., a designer, engineer, manufacturer, seller, and servicer of a comprehensive line of lift trucks and aftermarket parts marketed globally, in connection with the amendment to its existing revolving credit facility.
  • Meyer Bergman refinances development costs in relation to new development in Borough, south LondonJones Day advised Meyer Bergman, Ltd. in connection with a £129.2 million (US$167.2 million) senior term loan facility to refinance certain existing debt and to finance development costs in relation to a new development in Borough, south London and a £29.3 million (US$38 million) mezzanine term loan facility to refinance certain existing debt and fund certain development related costs.
  • Blackstone provides loan facility for acquisition of CAA HouseJones Day represented Blackstone as lender and mandated lead arranger in connection with a loan facility advanced to a newly incorporated borrower for the purposes of funding the acquisition of a commercial office property located in London known as CAA House.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires Clean Line Waste Water Solutions LimitedJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company National Response Corporation of Clean Line Waste Water Solutions Limited, a provider of environmental, industrial and emergency response services in the United Kingdom.
  • Wells Fargo refinances large hotel portfolio located in UKJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., London Branch in connection with a senior loan facility arranged for a U.S. private equity sponsor refinancing a large UK hotel portfolio.
  • Greystar refinances acquisition of portfolio of residential properties in LondonJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in connection with a term loan facility provided by National Bank of Kuwait (International) Plc used to refinance the acquisition of a portfolio of residential properties in London.
  • Wells Fargo provides financing for acquisition and construction of build-to-rent scheme in UKJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., London Branch in connection with the acquisition and construction loan for UK build-to-rent scheme arranged for Legal & General fund.
  • Canyon Partners and Bain Capital Credit sell QHotels to Aprirose for £525 millionJones Day represented Canyon Partners and Bain Capital Credit, in connection with its sale of the QHotels portfolio to Aprirose, a real estate investment company, for £525 million (US$706 million).
  • Deutsche Bank provides export credit agreement to African GovernmentJones Day represented Deutsche Bank, S.A.E. in connection with an export credit agreement and further amendment provided to an African Government.
  • Artemis Securitisation to acquire portfolio of non-performing loans from Attica BankJones Day is representing Artemis Securitisation S.A., an entity established by Achilles Trust, in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of non-performing loans from Attica Bank S.A., with an outstanding balance of approximately €1.3 billion (US$1.5 billion), together with the securitization of the portfolio and issuance of a junior and senior note to Attica Bank S.A. Management of the non-performing loan portfolio has been assigned to Thea Artemis.
  • Antirion SGR acquires 50 percent interest in Principal PlaceJones Day advised Antirion SGR S.p.A. in its acquisition of a 50 percent interest in Principal Place Commercial Limited, a Luxembourg resident SPV wholly owned by Brookfield Property Partners.
  • British Land sells flagship Debenhams store in Manchester, Clifton Moor Shopping Centre in York and Westgate Retail Park in WakefieldJones Day advised The British Land Company PLC with its sale of the flagship Debenhams store in Manchester, Clifton Moor Shopping Centre in York and Westgate Retail Park in Wakefield to BMO Real Estate Partners for £191 million (US$238 million).
  • PW Real Estate Fund III completes £323.3 million (US$419.4 million) cash offer for Pinewood GroupJones Day advised PW Real Estate Fund III, LP, which was advised by Aermont Capital LLP, in relation to the £323.3 million (US$419.4 million) cash offer for the entire issued share capital of Pinewood Group plc, the AIM listed company which owns the Pinewood Studios business.
  • Wells Fargo provides £184 million financing for acquisition of portfolio of UK retail propertiesJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., London Branch, as arranger, agent, and original lender, in connection with a £184 million (US$234.4 million) syndicated term loan facility provided to a U.S. private equity buyer to finance the acquisition of a portfolio of 64 properties leased to a leading UK retailer.
  • Essilor acquires MyOptique GroupJones Day advised Essilor International S.A., a company listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of MyOptique Group Limited ("MyOptique").
  • DV4 forms joint venture with APG Asset Management and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co. to create £1.4 billion (US$2 billion) home rental business in London with 4,000 homesJones Day represented DV4 Limited, which is advised by Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Limited, in connection with the formation of a £1.4 billion (US$2 billion) joint venture with APG Asset Management NV and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co., to create a home rental business in London, with properties in the former Olympic athletes' village and the Elephant & Castle district.
  • Goldman Sachs, Wellcome Trust, and Greystar launch £2 billion (US$2.8 billion) student housing companyJones Day advised the REPIA division of Goldman Sachs International in connection with the formation of the £2 billion (US$2.8 billion) student housing business to be known as the Vero Group.
  • Wells Fargo refinances portfolio of UK shopping centersJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in connection with the refinancing of a portfolio of UK shopping centers recently purchased by a European property investment fund.
  • DV4 sells DV4 Properties West Hallam to Hansteen HoldingsJones Day advised DV4 Limited, which is advised by Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Limited, in connection with the sale of DV4 Properties West Hallam Co. Limited, a SPV which owns West Hallam Industrial Estate, for £27.3 million (US$42.1 million) to Hansteen Holdings plc.
  • Greystar acquires portfolio of student properties in London for £174 million (US$293 million)Jones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners in its £174 million (US$293 million) acquisition of a portfolio of student properties in London from Oasis Capital (being a joint venture between Oasis Capital Bank and Unite Group plc).
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