BenLarkin (Benjamin)

Partner

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Ben Larkin's practice encompasses all aspects of corporate restructuring, turnaround, and insolvency. He has particular experience in real estate-related restructurings, particularly those with a development focus.

Ben is recognized as a leader in his field and is described by The Legal 500 as "exceptional" and is applauded by Chambers UK for his superior knowledge of the real estate sector. He has led significant cross-border restructurings in the telecom, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors. He acts for a wide variety of funds, investment banks, and corporations. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2014, Ben advised on high-profile cases such as TXU Energy, Le Meredien hotel group, and the Blue Bird Body Company (manufacturer of U.S. school buses).

Experience

  • Landlords compromised by various retailer company voluntary arrangementsJones Day advised several landlords on the intended operation and effect of multiple company voluntary arrangements ("CVA") launched by various high street retailers, including the Arcadia Group, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Homebase, Mothercare and Carpetright.
  • Directors of former high street retailer settle with company's administrators and advisersJones Day successfully negotiated the settlement of a dispute between the directors of a former high street retailer, its administrators, and former advisers.
  • FTI Consulting act as receivers in global restructuring of BMI HealthcareJones Day advised Andrew J. Johnson and Chad Griffin of FTI Consulting LLP in their capacity as fixed charge receivers of the share capital in the BMI Healthcare group in connection with the restructuring of the BMI Healthcare business.
  • Lombard Medical completes restructuring of secured liabilitiesJones Day advised Lombard Medical, Inc. on the restructuring of their UK and European operations in a pre-packaged sale via an English law administration to MicroPort Scientific Corporation.
  • Complete Entertainment Resources Group sells certain assets to Live Nation EntertainmentJones Day represented Complete Entertainment Resources Group, Inc. (formerly Songkick.com, Inc.), a concert discovery and artist ticketing platform, in its sale of certain assets, including CERG’s ticketing commerce platform, anti-scalping algorithm, API applications and patent portfolio, to Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. in connection with the settlement of pending litigation.
  • Seven Energy, a Nigerian oil and gas operator, restructures its debt in anticipation of sale to Savannah Petroleum PlcJones Day advised the board of directors of Seven Energy as they entered into a lock-up agreement to restructure multiple tranches of debt amounting to $900 million in anticipation of a sale of certain oil and gas assets located in Nigeria to Savannah Petroleum Plc, a UK-based oil and gas exploration and development company.
  • Byron Hamburgers enters into company voluntary arrangementJones Day advised the casual dining chain, Byron Hamburgers Limited, on the approval by its creditors of a company voluntary arrangement within the context of a wider financial and operational restructuring of the company.
  • Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II and Condor Ferries Group complete debt refinancingJones Day represented Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II (MEIF II) and the Condor Ferries Group, an operator of passenger and freight ferry services, in connection with the refinancing of Condor's senior facilities.
  • Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II sells National Car Parks Limited to consortium of Park24 Co., Ltd. and Development Bank of Japan Inc.Jones Day advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II LP in the sale of 100 percent of its interest in National Car Parks Limited to a consortium of Park24 Co., Ltd. and Development Bank of Japan Inc.
  • Infrastructure fund seeks advice on internal investigation relating to portfolio companyJones Day advised a substantial infrastructure fund on an internal investigation relating to a portfolio company.
  • Fern Trading restructures debt and equity of Rangeford HoldingsJones Day advised Fern Trading Limited, a member of the Octopus Investments group, in connection with the restructuring of the equity in and approximately £80 million of debt advanced to Rangeford Holdings Limited, a developer and manager of retirement villages and communities within the United Kingdom.
  • Marken sold to UPSJones Day advised Marken Group, a global provider of supply chain solutions to the life sciences industry and leader in clinical trials material storage and distribution, on the sale of its company to United Parcel Service Inc. ("UPS").
  • Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II and National Car Parks complete debt refinancingJones Day advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II (MEIF II) and the National Car Parks group (NCP), the UK's largest provider of car parking facilities, in connection with the refinancing of NCP's senior facilities.
  • Veolia restructures debt and equity of dive support vessel "Swordfish" following collapse of shipping group, HarkandJones Day is advising the global environmental company, Veolia Environnement SA, following the collapse of the oil and gas shipping group, Harkand, arising from the continuing depression in global oil prices.
  • Rotadyne sells assets in administration saleJones Day advised Christopher Farrington and Matthew Cowlishaw of Deloitte LLP in their capacity as joint administrators of the printing roller manufacturer, Rotadyne (UK) Limited, the UK subsidiary of Rotation Dynamics Corporation.
  • Airwave's scheme of arrangement restructures £1.8 billion of debt to facilitate completion of £817.5 million sale of Airwave to MotorolaJones Day acted for Guardian Digital Communications Holdings Limited, Guardian Digital Communications Limited and Airwave Solutions Limited (the "Group") (subsidiaries of Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 2) in connection with the sale of Airwave Solutions to Motorola for £817.5 million.
  • European travel agency restructures after sale to hotel consortiumJones Day advised a leading European travel agency group on its restructuring options following a period of decreasing sales and margins in an increasingly competitive market.
  • Paperlinx sells off its business and assetsJones Day is advising Matthew Smith and Neville Kahn of Deloitte LLP in their capacity as joint administrators of various UK Paperlinx companies.
  • Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund sells Wightlink Ferries to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure PartnersJones Day advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund LP (MEIF) in connection with the sale of Wightlink Ferries to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners LP.
  • Orion Capital Managers restructures debt and equity of Telford Shopping CentreJones Day advised Orion Capital Managers, L.P. in connection with its acquisition of £220 million of senior debt advanced in respect of the Telford Shopping Centre and subsequent restructuring of senior and mezzanine debt in conjunction with the acquisition of equity.
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