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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.


  • 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).
  • Investment manager bids for portfolio of Dutch commercial real estate loansJones Day advised an investment manager on its bid for a portfolio of non-performing multiborrower (all German funds) Dutch law loans secured by Dutch commercial real estate being sold by FGH Bank N.V.
  • Hansteen refinances German real estate portfolio through two loan facilities with aggregate €343 million valueJones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC, a European industrial REIT, in connection with the refinancing of its German real estate portfolio through two loan facilities in the aggregate loan amount of €343 million (US$472 million).
  • German Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilization completes €2.5 billion (US$3.2 billion) rights offering of CommerzbankJones Day advised the German Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilization, which manages the German Financial Market Stabilization Fund ("SoFFin"), in connection with the €2.5 billion (US$3.2 billion) rights offering of Commerzbank, Germany's second-largest bank.
  • Bank of America and Merrill Lynch provide multi-currency credit facility for sporting goods companyJones Day represented Bank of America N.A., as administrative agent and lender, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporation, as joint lead arranger, in connection with the senior secured multi-currency credit facility for a leading sporting goods company.
  • Additional Publications

    • April 2018Non-German Real Estate Funds (and Trusts) as Eligible Investments for German Real Estate Funds
    • December 2017EuroResource—Deals and Debt | December 2017
    • October 2017New German Money Laundering Act Introduces Beneficial Ownership Register (Transparenzregister)
    • June 2017ECB Seeks to Curb Banks' Appetite for Leveraged Finance Risk
    • March 2017EuroResource—Deals & Debt
    • September 2016EuroResource--Deals and Debt
    • August 2016EuroResource—Deals and Debt
    • June 2016EuroResource—Deals and Debt
    • April 2016EuroResource—Deals and Debt
    • October 2015EuroResource—Deals and Debt
    • June 2015EuroResource—Deals and Debt
    • March 2015EuroResource—Deals and Debt
    • February 2015EuroResource—Deals and Debt
    • January 2015EuroResource—Deals and Debt
    • November 2014EuroResource—Deals and Debt
    • September 2014EuroResource-Deals and Debt
    • October 2014EuroResource—Deals and Debt | Special Sovereign Debt Edition
    • August 2014EuroResource-Deals and Debt
    • September 2014German Federal Court of Justice Clarifies "Opt-in" Rules Under the German Bonds Act
    • July 2014EuroResource-Deals and Debt
    • June 2014EuroResource-Deals and Debt
    • May 2014EuroResource-Deals and Debt
    • April 2014EuroResource-Deals and Debt
    • February 2014EuroResource--Deals and Debt
    • January 2014EuroResource--Deals and Debt
    • December 2013EuroResource--Deals and Debt
    • November 2013EuroResource--Deals and Debt
    • October 2013EuroResource--Deals and Debt
    • September 2013EuroResource--Deals and Debt
    • August 2013EuroResource--Deals and Debt
    • July 2013EuroResource--Deals and Debt
    • July 2013EuroResource--Deals and Debt | Special Labour Edition
    • June 2013EuroResource--Deals and Debt
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