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Kathryn Merryfield

Banking Partner, Paris

“I advise on a wide range of complex, cross-border financing transactions. As a dual-qualified and bilingual lawyer, I am able to assist clients bridge legal, cultural and practical differences to work towards a successful conclusion of their business.”


Education and qualifications


Based in Paris for more than 15 years, Kathryn has extensive experience of advising both lenders and borrowers on many different types of financing transactions, including public and private investment grade and leveraged acquisition financing. She also advises on corporate syndicated lending and restructurings.


Kathryn was seconded to HSBC in 2003, to the bank’s EMEA syndicated finance origination desk, and to BNP Paribas in 2005, in the bank’s French corporates syndicated finance team.


Work highlights

Kathryn has led on many of the market’s most significant transactions. These include advising:

  • CGG on the renegotiation and restructuring of its debt facilities
  • BC Partners and PSP on the covenant-lite financing made available for the acquisition of a majority state in the Israeli garden furniture group, Keter
  • a global investment bank on the financing of Safran’s public offer for Zodiac Aerospace
  • an international investment bank on the financing made available for Gecina’s public offer for Foncière de Paris
  • the mandated lead arrangers on the refinancing of the facilities made available to Stahl
  • Apax Partners on the unitranche financing of the acquisition of the Laureate Education group by INSEEC
  • the mandated lead arrangers on the financing of Charterhouse’s acquisition of Sagemcom

Education and qualifications

Kathryn studied law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, including a year studying at Poitiers University.


She speaks English and French.