ClaudiaLeyendecker

Partner

Düsseldorf + 49.211.5406.5500

Claudia Leyendecker has more than 20 years of experience representing clients on a wide variety of finance transactions. She is recognized as one of the most renowned banking and finance lawyers in Germany by Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers.

Claudia regularly acts on real estate finance, acquisition finance, and corporate loan transactions, both on the sponsor and the lender side. Furthermore, she advises on project financings for the infrastructure and wind and power sectors. Claudia also works on insurance law matters relating to the eligibility of financial products for the technical reserves (Sicherungsvermögen) of insurance undertakings.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Claudia was head of the banking, finance, and capital markets practice at an international law firm.

Experience

  • Parkwind obtains financing for 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farmJones Day advised Parkwind NV, an independent green energy company that develops, finances, and operates offshore wind farms, on the financing of the 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm.
  • Solmax acquires TenCate GeosyntheticsJones Day advised Groupe Solmax Inc. (Solmax), the global leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, and its shareholders (including institutional investors Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec and Fonds de Solidarité FTQ), in connection with Solmax’s acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V., a global provider of geosynthetics and industrial fabrics, from Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Ten Cate (Royal Ten Cate, the Netherlands), and advised on the related senior secured financing to support the acquisition.
  • 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.