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Claudia Leyendecker's practice is focused on banking and insurance law matters, financing, and the mergers and acquisitions of banks and insurance companies. She has handled numerous high-dollar matters that include advising the German Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilization (FMSA) in connection with its €2.5 billion (US$3.2 billion) capital increase of Commerzbank and coordinating the notification procedure in approximately 60 jurisdictions. Claudia also advises investment companies on the management of investment funds in accordance with the supervisory regulation requirements for pension funds and insurers.

Other notable matters on which Claudia has been recently involved include advising: a major French bank in connection with the structuring of an innovative solution to decrease regulatory capital of a financial institution focused on housing loans, which included regulatory advice and the preparation of approval by the regulator; a German public bank in its participation and shareholding in a European financial institution and the rights and (ongoing) obligations related to such investment; and a German Landesbank in connection with a large outsourcing project.

Claudia is a highly rated finance lawyer in numerous legal publications, including The Legal 500 and JUVE, and she has written several articles on business law in Germany.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Claudia was head of the banking, finance, and capital markets practice at an international law firm. She started her career with the legal team of one of the Big Four accounting firms.


  • Atlas Arteria establishes new capital structure for Warnow Tunnel in GermanyJones Day advised Atlas Arteria, a global owner, operator, and developer of toll roads, on a new approximately 29-year debt facility for its Warnow Tunnel in Germany as part of a capital restructuring.
  • Banco Santander refinances existing financing relating to Cerro Grande wind project located in Sierra de los Rios, Cerro LargoJones Day represented Banco Santander, S.A. in the refinancing of the existing financing subject to German law provided by two Spanish banks in connection with the Cerro Grande wind project located in Sierra de los Rios, Cerro Largo, in Uruguay.
  • Belfius Bank, Caisse d'Epargne et de Prévoyance Hauts de France, ING Belgium, and KBC Bank amend and restate facilities agreement for acquisition of Accent Etiketten by WaterlandJones Day acted as legal counsel to Belfius Bank SA/NV, Caisse d'Epargne et de Prévoyance Hauts de France, ING Belgium SA/NV, and KBC Bank NV in connection with the amendment and restatement of a facilities agreement which was, in part, set up for the acquisition of Accent Etiketten, a manufacturer of self-adhesive labels, by Waterland.
  • Amadeus FiRe AG completes €52 million share capital increaseJones Day advised Amadeus FiRe AG, a leading personnel service company, in connection with the €52 million share capital increase for refinancing the acquisition of Comcave Holding GmbH.
  • Amadeus FiRe AG acquires COMCAVE Holding GmbH, Dortmund for €200 millionJones Day advised Amadeus FiRe AG, Frankfurt, on the €200 million acquisition of 100% of the shares in the retraining specialist COMCAVE Holding GmbH, Dortmund.
  • Pandox acquires seven hotel properties in Germany from HR Group for €290 millionJones Day advised Pandox AB, a leading hotel investor in Northern Europe, on the acquisition of seven German hotel properties with a total of 1,532 rooms from HR Group for €290 million.
  • Pandox AB purchases two hotel properties in Hanover and The Hague (Netherlands)Jones Day advised Pandox AB on the €83 million purchase of two hotel properties and the respective hotel operations in Hanover and The Hague (Netherlands) from Grape Hospitality.
  • Pandox acquires three hotel properties in Germany for €103 million (US$115 million)Jones Day advised Pandox AB in its €103 million (US$115 million) acquisition of three hotel properties in Germany.
  • Gimv invests in Coolworld RentalsJones Day advised Gimv in its acquisition of a majority shareholding in fast-growing Coolworld Rentals, a full-service renter of cooling and heating equipment.
  • Heidrick & Struggles amends and restates revolving credit facilityJones Day advised Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., a premier global provider of executive search, leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness, and culture shaping services, in connection with the amendment and restatement of its revolving credit facility.
  • David Lloyd Leisure enters German market with acquisition of HealthCity clubJones Day advised David Lloyd Leisure in its acquisition of a HealthCity-branded club in Bad Homburg, near Frankfurt.
  • Hansteen disposes German and Dutch portfolio for €1.28 billion (US$1.4 billion)Jones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in the disposal of its German and Dutch property portfolios and real estate management business for €1.28 billion (US$1.4 billion) to entities owned by funds advised by affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P. and M7 Real Estate (the "Buyer").
  • Goldman Sachs provides financing to Blackstone for acquisition of IVG office portfolioJones Day represented Goldman Sachs International, as mezzanine arranger, in connection with Blackstone's €3.3 billion (US$3.6 billion) acquisition of the IVG office portfolio.
  • MPLX completes $2.25 billion public offering of Senior NotesJones Day represented MPLX LP in connection with a public offering of $2.25 billion of Senior Notes, consisting of (i) $1.25 billion aggregate principal amount of 4.125% Senior Notes due 2027 and (ii) $1 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.200% Senior Notes due 2047. Barclays Capital Inc.; Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; MUFG Securities Americas Inc.; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated; Mizuho Securities USA Inc.; RBC Capital Markets, LLC; SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.; TD Securities (USA) LLC; UBS Securities LLC; and US Bancorp Investments, Inc. acted as joint book-running managers for the offering.
  • Pandox acquires seven hotels in Germany, Austria, and Netherlands for €415 million (US$440 million)Jones Day advised Pandox AB in connection with the €415 million (US$440 million) acquisition and related financing of seven hotels in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, from Invesco Real Estate European Hotel Real Estate Fund II FCP - SIP.
  • WESCO International subsidiary issues $350 million of 5.375% Senior Notes in Rule 144A and Regulation S offeringJones Day represented WESCO Distribution, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of WESCO International, Inc., a multinational electronics distribution and services company, in connection with the issuance of $$350 million aggregate principal amount of 5.375% Senior Notes due 2024 in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering.
  • Pandox acquires 18 hotels in Germany for €400 million (US$437 million)Jones Day advised Pandox AB in its €400 million (US$437 million) acquisition of 18 hotels in Germany with a total of 3,414 rooms.
  • Jefferies completes $1.2 billion of Notes in Section 4(a)(2) and Regulation S offering by WindMW GmbHJones Day advised Jefferies International Ltd. and its affiliate Jefferies LLC, as lead placement agent and sole structuring agent, in connection with the issuance of approximately $1.2 billion of Notes in a Section 4(a)(2) and Regulation S offering by WindMW GmbH, a Blackstone portfolio company.
  • Goldman Sachs and Highgate Hotels acquires K+K Hotels GroupJones Day advised a consortium led by Goldman Sachs and Highgate Hotels, a leading hospitality investment and management company, in its acquisition, acquisition financing, and debt restructuring of the K+K Hotels group, which owns a portfolio of ten boutique hotels located in London, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Bucharest.
  • CBRE Global Investment Partners acquires €350 million (US$400 million) European logistics portfolioJones Day advised CBRE Global Investment Partners in connection with its investment in Pan-European Logistics Venture, a TH Real Estate investment fund, and the fund's simultaneous acquisition and financing of a portfolio of seven logistics assets: four in France, one in Germany, one in Holland, and one in Spain, for €350 million (US$400 million).
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