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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.


  • LyondellBasell invests in APK, a German plastics recycling companyJones Day represented LyondellBasell as the lead investor in the latest financing round of APK AG, a German plastics recycling company.
  • Stellex completes buyout of David Brown Santasalo GroupJones Day advised Stellex Capital Management LLC on its buyout of DB Santasalo S.à r.l from N4 Partners.
  • Rejuvenate acquires entire business operations of cell transplants manufacturer co.don AktiengesellschaftJones Day advised Rejuvenate GmbH, a subsidiary of ReLive Biotechnologies, in connection with the acquisition of the business operations of co.don Aktiengesellschaft ("CO.DON") (including all shares in its Dutch, UK and Swiss subsidiaries).
  • Belfius Bank, ING Belgium, and KBC Bank refinance Customer Collective groupJones Day acted as legal counsel to Belfius Bank NV/SA, ING Belgium NV/SA, and KBC Bank NV in connection with the refinancing of the Customer Collective group.
  • Aurelius acquires three European paper mills from Sappi Limited in complex pan-European carve-out transactionJones Day is advising Aurelius in the acquisition of three European paper mills from Sappi Limited.
  • Belfius Bank and BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA provide revolving facility to SD Worx NVJones Day acted as legal counsel to Belfius Bank NV/SA and BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA in connection with a revolving facility provided to SD Worx NV.
  • Solmax acquires U.S. geosynthetics manufacturer PropexJones Day served as antitrust and financing counsel to Groupe Solmax Inc. (Solmax) in the acquisition by Solmax of Propex Operating Company, LLC, a leading geosynthetics manufacturer with a long track record in the construction, transportation, mining, and automotive industries.
  • Buysse & Partners refinances Copus GroupJones Day acted as legal counsel to Buysse & Partners in connection with the global refinancing of one of its portfolio companies, the Copus Group, a group of HR agencies operating under different brands (such as Vivaldis, Seal Jobs, Heads & Hunters, Primus, Bennet, Eniteq, and Smart Solutions) followed by the add-on and accession of a Belgian company and two German entities as obligors.
  • KBC Bank and BNP Paribas provide financing to WVT group, a Sofindev portfolio company, for acquisition of Chemtec ChemicalsJones Day assisted the consortium of lenders, consisting of KBC Bank NV/SA and BNP Paribas Fortis, in connection with financing of the acquisition of Chemtec Chemicals GmbH by the WVT Group, a portfolio company of Sofindev.
  • ArchiMed acquires Cube Biotech GmbHJones Day advised ArchiMed, a leading Trans-Atlantic private equity healthcare specialist, on its acquisition of Cube Biotech GmbH, a leading provider of expression, purification, and crystallization services and products for membrane proteins.
  • 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.