LeeFederman

Partner

London + 44.20.7039.5928

Lee Federman has represented financial institutions, direct lenders, hedge funds, financial sponsors, and corporates in complex event-driven financing transactions for more than 15 years. Lee has worked in several key financial jurisdictions (London, New York, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam) across a broad range of industries, including energy, health care, infrastructure, leisure, and telecommunications. His domestic and cross-border experience includes advising on leveraged and other structured financings, including infrastructure financings, bank/bond financings, margin loans, and subordinated debt financings. He also has substantial crisis management experience, helping clients navigate through financial distress and debt restructurings.

Lee worked with Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers International (Europe) on secondment assignments. He regularly holds training programs and is a presenter at conferences for the Loan Market Association.

Experience

  • Goldman sold iQ Student Accommodation dorms to Blackstone for £4.66 billionOn May 15, 2020, Jones Day clients Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust completed the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66 billion (US$5.73 billion), representing the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
  • OMNOVA acquired by Synthomer plc for $824 millionJones Day advised OMNOVA Solutions Inc. in its $824 million acquisition by Synthomer plc, a United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company.
  • KeyBank provides $2.14 billion credit facility to Cooper CompaniesJones Day represented KeyBank National Association, as administrative agent, in connection with a $2.14 billion credit facility consisting of a $850 million term loan facility and a $1.29 billion multicurrency revolving credit facility provided to The Cooper Companies, Inc., a global medical device company.
  • Restructuring of significant UK energy supplier and distributorJones Day advised a large integrated energy and commodities company in connection with the complex equity and debt restructuring of a significant UK energy supplier and distributor.
  • ING Belgium, Belfius Bank, and Global Loan Agency Services Limited finance acquisition of Grandeco Wallfashion GroupJones Day acted as legal counsel to ING Belgium SA/NV and Belfius Bank SA/NV, as lenders, and Global Loan Agency Services Limited, as agent, in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Grandeco Wallfashion Group - Belgium NV, a leading wallpaper producer, and its direct and indirect subsidiaries by, amongst others, Down2Earth Capital II CommV and Gimv NV.
  • Largest Cineworld shareholder refinancesJones Day advised Global City Theatres B.V., (GCT), the largest shareholder of Cineworld Group plc (Cineworld), Regal in the U.S., as lead counsel on its debt refinancing and related capital market aspects.
  • Macquarie sold Condor FerriesJones Day advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in the sale of Condor Ferries, an operator of lifeline freight and passenger ferry services between Guernsey, Jersey, the United Kingdom, and the Port of St. Malo in France, to a consortium of Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (ESIF) and Brittany Ferries.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Global Marine GroupJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Global Marine Group.
  • Ferro Corporation to sell its global Tile Coatings Business to Lone Star FundsJones Day is advising Ferro Corporation, a leading global supplier of technology-based functional coatings and color solutions, in the sale of its global Tile Coatings Business to Pigments Spain, S.L., a portfolio company of Lone Star Funds, for $460 million in cash, with potential earnout payments of up to $32 million in cash based on the performance of the business pre-closing, subject to customary adjustments.
  • CBRE acquires Laxfield CapitalJones Day represented CBRE Global Investors in connection with its acquisition of Laxfield Capital, a real estate debt investment business with £818 million of assets under management in the United Kingdom.
  • BBA Aviation sells Ontic for $1.365 billionJones Day advised BBA Aviation plc ("BBA") in the sale of its Ontic business to an investment fund affiliated with CVC Capital Partners for $1.365 billion.
  • OakNorth provides financing to Literacy Capital for acquisition of Alufold Direct LimitedJones Day advised OakNorth Bank plc in its senior debt facilities provided to Literacy Capital in connection with the acquisition of Alufold Direct Limited, a fabricator of premium aluminum residential and commercial building products in the UK.
  • GCA Altium acts as financial advisor to Project Sword Bidco Limited in £90 million acquisition of Catalis PlcJones Day advised GCA Altium as financial advisor to Project Sword Bidco Limited, a vehicle established by private equity firm NorthEdge Capital LLP, in connection with its £90 million acquisition of Catalis Plc, a provider of development, testing, and publishing services for the global video games market.
  • Ad hoc group of senior secured lenders advised in landmark restructuring of the syncreon groupJones Day acted for the ad hoc group of senior secured lenders in the landmark restructuring of the global logistics syncreon group which was implemented via English Schemes of arrangement, with chapter 15 recognition in the U.S. and CCAA recognition in Canada.
  • Ted Baker refinances existing credit facilitiesJones Day represented Ted Baker plc, a UK fashion retailer, in connection with the refinancing of its existing credit facilities.
  • OakNorth finances Dartmouth Partners' acquisition of Pure RecruitmentJones Day advised OakNorth Bank Limited in connection with the acquisition financing by Dartmouth Partners of Pure Recruitment Group, a leading recruitment specialist with offices in London, New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
  • Blackstone Group invests €175 million (US$196.4 million) in Superbet RomaniaJones Day advised The Blackstone Group in its €175 million (US$196.4 million) minority equity investment in Superbet, the largest omni-channel sports betting and gaming operator in Romania.
  • Additional Publications

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    May 2018
    Permitted acquisitions: how much flexibility can borrowers expect?
    Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law

    March 2018
    Private Debt: Brexit Effect on UK loan market
    International Financial Law Review

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day

    May 2018
    Leverage Finance:  European Market Update, London

    April 2018
    LMA Loan Market Hot Topics, Lagos

    October 2017
    Closing the Deal, Johannesburg

    May 2017
    Recent Trends in Leveraged Finance, London

    November 2015
    Structuring Cross Border Financings, Toronto

    October 2015
    Unitranche Facilities and Other Trends in Leveraged Finance, Paris

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