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Corporate and Structured Lending

Linklaters’ corporate and structured lending practice is at the forefront of key developments and recent trends in the loan markets.

Linklaters’ Corporate and Structured Lending practice is part of the firm’s global Banking practice and advises banks and other financial institutions, companies, funds, PE houses and governments on domestic and international bank financing transactions across every industry, commercial, financial and governmental sector. Our experience of acting not only for all of the main arranging banks and lenders but also for credit enhancers and borrowers in relation to a wide range of sectors means we are able to anticipate and address the requirements of all parties to a transaction.

Our team is rated top tier across various legal directories, and we work with our colleagues across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas to advise on some of the largest, most complex and innovative deals in the market.

Our recent highlights

Acting for Borrowers

  • Nestlé S.A.: advising on its US$7.7bn unsecured revolving credit facility entered into with a syndicate of banks.
  • Rio Tinto Plc: advising on the refinancing of its existing revolving credit facilities in the form of a new US$7.5bn multi-currency revolving credit facility.
  • Glencore A.G.: advising on the refinancing of its main revolving credit facilities agreement totalling US$6.5bn.
  • Viterra Finance B.V.: advising on the refinancing of its existing US$3.5bn one year and US$570m three-year revolving credit facilities.
  • Vodafone Group Plc: advising on the amendment and restatement of its existing US$4bn and €3.9bn revolving credit facilities.
  • Volkswagen AG: advising on its €10bn revolving credit facility agreement.
  • Holcim Ltd: advising in relation to a 3bn multicurrency revolving facility agreement entered into with 24 lenders.
  • The Oil and Gas Holding Company B.S.C. (nogaholding): advising Bahrain’s state oil company on its first sustainability-linked loan, a refinancing and upsize of its US$1.6bn Murabaha Facility to US$2.2bn.
  • Ravago S.A.: advising on the refinancing of its existing 1bn secured borrowing base multicurrency credit facilities agreement.
  • Petrofac Limited: advising a leading international services provider to the energy industry, on its completed equity capital raise and refinancing plan involving a total deal value of approximately US$1.155bn.
  • Caffè Nero: advising on its refinancing by way of new unitranche facilities and a super senior RCF.
  • TAURON Polska Energia S.A.: advising this major Polish energy producer, on its PLN4bn sustainability-linked loan.
  • Safilo: advising on the €300m financing transaction granted by a pool of five lending banks to Safilo, a leading Italian eyewear company.
  • Boston Gas Company: advising on a $200m term loan credit agreement to bridge its financing requirements to an anticipated long-term bond issuance.

Acting for Lenders

  • WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc: advising the joint underwriters, arrangers and bookrunners on a £5.75bn financing to a group of investors led by Fortress on its £6.3bn bid to acquire the supermarket chain.
  • Schneider Electric SE: advising the banks as joint underwriters, mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners in respect of the French and English law aspects of a £4.1bn acquisition bridge facility agreement for the public listed French company.
  • ArcelorMittal: advising the bank as sole mandated lead arranger on the initial fully underwritten financing and acquisition terms (including certain funds provisions) of the €3bn acquisition facilities made available to ArcelorMittal to assist with two acquisitions.
  • U.S. Silica: advising the lead arrangers and lenders in connection with a fourth amended and restated credit agreement with an aggregate principal amount of US$1.1bn with a TLB of US$950m and a revolving credit facility of US$150m provided to U.S. Silica.
  • BAE Systems plc: advising the underwriters on BAE Systems plc’s US$5.55bn acquisition of Ball Aerospace from Ball Corporation.
  • Reliance Industries Limited: advising the banks in relation to two multi-currency syndicated term loans totalling US$3bn for Reliance Industries Limited and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited.
  • TAQA: advising the documentation agent and the global coordinators on a US$3.5bn revolving credit facility for Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA).
  • ASR Nederland N.V.: advising the arranger and lender on a fully underwritten bridge financing to support ASR Nederland N.V. on a business combination with Aegon N.V. for a total consideration of €4.9bn.
  • A.P. Møller – Mærsk: advising the lenders on a US$5bn sustainability-linked multi-currency revolving credit facility.
  • Leonardo S.p.A: advising the mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners on a €2.4bn ESG-linked credit facility made available to the company.
  • GN Store Nord A/S: advising the lenders in connection with an €1bn bridge loan facility provided to the company.
  • Oatly Group AB: advising the lenders on a pre-IPO, English-law governed, SEK3.6bn sustainability-linked secured multicurrency revolving credit facility for the group.
  • Ocado Group: advising the bank syndicates on a debt and equity capital raising for the online grocery technology business, Ocado Group, comprising a debut £300m revolving credit facility and a £578m equity placing.
  • Volcan Compañia Minera S.A.A.: advising the joint lead arrangers and bookrunners and a syndicate of lenders in connection with a US$400m senior unsecured term loan facility.

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