JavierLópez Antón

Partner

Madrid + 34.91.520.3905

Javier López Antón has more than 25 years of experience and is considered one of the leading lawyers in Spain in the areas of banking, project, and acquisition finance. He was named the 2021 "Acquisition Finance Lawyer of the Year in Spain" at the 12th Annual Global Law Experts Awards.

Javier has experience representing lenders, underwriters, and borrowers in leveraged, project, real estate, corporate, and asset-backed finance as well as pre-insolvency and other kinds of conventional and complex financing structures. Javier counsels financial institutions, project sponsors, and investors in the development, financing, acquisition, and disposition of infrastructure and renewable energy companies, telecom projects, hotels, and real estate. He has extensive experience working on cross-border transactions in Spain, Mexico, and throughout Latin America.

Javier's recent experience includes advising a syndicate of lenders in a financing transaction to Grupo Isolux Corsan S.A., a listed global Spanish construction and engineering company, in the restructuring of its nearly €2 billion in debt; representing Autopistas del Sol, S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Vía Infraestructuras, S.A., a Spanish leader in infrastructure concession management, in connection with a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering by Autopistas del Sol of $300 million aggregate principal amount of Senior Secured Notes, which is the first concurrent and international bond issuance in Costa Rica; and the representation of Portobello Capital in the acquisition financing of a group of several companies operating in the sanitary sector throughout Spain.

Javier has advised AEE Power; BBVA; Santander; Caixabank; Royal Bank of Scotland; Portobello Capital Gestión, SGEIC, S.A.; and Globalvía Inversiones, S.A.U.; among others.

Experience

  • BBVA provides €54 million acquisition financing to group specialized in sector of connection and control of fluids and kitchen and bathroom taps in both residential and non-residential areas and civil worksJones Day provided legal advice to Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. in the €54 million acquisition financing of 100% of the share capital of Standard Hidráulica, S.A.U.; Hidrogas Canalizaciones, S.A.U.; Hidrostandard del Mediterráneo, S.L.U.; STH Westco Holdings Ltd.; STH Westco Limited; STH Hidraulica Ellas Single Member, S.A.; and Standard Hidraulica Southern Africa Plumbing and Heating Equipment (Pty) Ltd., a group specialized in the sector of the connection and control of fluids and kitchen and bathroom taps in both residential and non-residential areas and civil works, by IEE21 Europe, S.L.U.,a newly created Spanish company sponsored by H.I.G. European Capital Partners 3 Fund, LLC.
  • Banco Santander provides financing to Amara, S.A.Jones Day provided legal advice to Banco Santander, S.A. in connection with the financing granted to Amara, S.A. and certain affiliates of its Group, specialized in the distribution of materials and the management of logistic services for the energy, telecommunications, and industry sectors present in Spain, United States, Mexico, Brazil, and China.
  • Portobello Capital sells EYSA to H.I.G. CapitalJones Day advised Portobello Capital in the sale of EYSA, a market-leading provider of smart mobility solutions, to an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital.
  • Leading automotive components and systems supplier obtains $100 million senior secured term loan facilityJones Day represented a leading automotive components and systems supplier in connection with a $100 million senior secured term loan facility.
  • Banco Santander finances acquisition of Carcamóvil, SLUJones Day provided legal advice to Banco Santander, S.A. in connection with the financing of the acquisition by the sponsor ProA Capital of the Spanish company Carcamóvil, SLU, owner of the La Casa de las Carcasas business, a well-known group specializing in mobile phone accessories.
  • Portobello acquires LegálitasJones Day advised Portobello Capital in the acquisition by portfolio company Sitracon Spain, S.L. of a majority stake in Legálitas Asistencia Legal, S.L.
  • TD Securities provides $450 million acquisition financing to Whole Earth Brands, Inc.Jones Day advised TD Securities (USA) LLC, as arranger, in connection with the refinancing of a previous credit facility to include a $450 million senior secured credit facility comprised of a $375 million term loan and a $75 million revolving credit facility to Whole Earth Brands, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of natural, plant-based, clean label, and zero or low-calorie sweeteners.
  • Caixabank refinances Envases Soplados, S.L.Jones Day provided legal advice to Caixabank, S.A. (f.k.a. Bankia, S.A.) in connection with the refinancing of Envases Soplados, S.L. by the newco Roneta Investments, S.L., sponsored by GED Capital.
  • 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.
  • Banco Santander provides bridge financing to subsidiary of OPT/Bruc groups for acquisition of certain photovoltaic projects in SpainJones Day provided legal advice to Banco Santander, S.A. in connection with the bridge financing granted to a subsidiary of OPT/Bruc groups to acquire certain photovoltaic projects in Spain.
  • Bankia provides acquisition financing of Spanish company Sola de AntequeraJones Day advised Bankia, S.A., in connection with the acquisition financing of the Spanish company Sola de Antequera S.A., a producer, processor, and distributor of premium preserved and canned vegetables, and its subsidiaries in Spain and Peru, by ACON Investments.
  • TD Securities arranges $190 million acquisition financing for Whole Earth Brands, Inc.Jones Day advised TD Securities (USA) LLC, as arranger, in connection with a $190 million senior secured credit facility comprised of a $140 million term loan and a $50 million revolving credit facility to Whole Earth Brands, Inc, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
  • Portobello Capital acquires BT España Compañía de Servicios Globales de Telecomunicaciones, S.A.U.Jones Day advised Portobello Capital Gestion SA SGEIC in the acquisition and related financing of the Spanish company BT España Compañía de Servicios Globales de Telecomunicaciones, S.A.U., whose primary activity is the provision of telecommunication services.
  • Spanish financial entity provides financing for 50 MW solar plant located in Andalucia, SpainJones Day provided advice to a Spanish financial entity in connection with the financing of a 50 MW solar plant located in Andalucia, Spain developed by a Spanish promoter.
  • Banco de Sabadell provides financing for construction and operation of two photovoltaic solar plants in BadajozJones Day provided legal advice to Banco de Sabadell, S.A. in connection with the structuring and implementation of the financing for the construction and entry into operation of two photovoltaic solar plants of 50 MW of nominal power each and its corresponding evacuation infrastructure located in Badajoz.
  • BBVA, Bankia, and Banco de Sabadell provide €163 million financing to IPA Capital for acquisition of Productos Alimenticios GalloJones Day represented a syndicate of financial entities in which Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Agentaria, S.A. (BBVA); Bankia, S.A.; and Banco de Sabadell, S.A., acted as mandated lead arrangers and underwriters.
  • Merchant banking firm and Fortress Credit provide secured credit facility to Win SystemsJones Day represented a merchant banking firm and Fortress Credit Corp. in connection with a secured credit facility provided to Win Systems, an international developer of gaming machines software and manufacturer of gaming machines.
  • Syndicate of lenders provide financing to ProA Capital for acquisition of IPDJones Day provided legal advice to a syndicate of lenders formed by BBVA and Bankia (currently, Caixabank) in connection with the acquisition financing by ProA Capital of the Spanish company IPD, a leading company of compatible prosthetic abutments for dental implants in the Spanish and European markets.
  • Syndicate of banks partially finance acquisition of Frías Nutrición, S.A. by Alantra Private Equity FundJones Day advised a syndicate of banks on the partial financing of the acquisition price of Frías Nutrición, S.A. by Alantra Private Equity Fund. Frías Nutrición, S.A. is a producer and marketer of food products and vegetable beverages, broths, and creams.
  • Société Générale-led syndicate provides €680 million corporate debt financing in favor of Urbaser, S.A.U.Jones Day advised Société Générale, S.A., as agent, and a syndicate of lenders in connection with the novation of a €680 million (US$774.6 million) corporate debt financing granted in favor of Urbaser, S.A.U., a waste management company.