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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:

  • the global co-ordinators on the refinancing of Casino’s existing debt facilities by a term loan B, senior secured notes and revolving credit facility
  • CVC in relation to the financing made available to acquire a controlling stake in April SA, a French listed company
  • the Mandated Lead Arrangers in relation to the financing made available to support Asterion and Mirova’s acquisition of a co-controlling stake in the Proxiserve Group
  • Montagu in relation to the financing made available to it to finance the acquisition of Maincare Solutions
  • 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
  • Apax Partners on the unitranche financing of the acquisition of the Laureate Education group by INSEEC including its subsequent term loan B refinancing

Education and qualifications

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


She speaks English and French.