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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance
Leveraged & Acquisition Finance<br />

Leveraged & Acquisition Finance

Debt financing for investments

Our leveraged and acquisition finance team is made up of experienced professionals whose market knowledge, pragmatism and commercial approach have earned it a strong reputation in the global market.

The team's extensive deal experience and knowledge of evolving market terms, trends and legal developments is combined with high-level deal execution – enabling us to anticipate issues, quickly find solutions and deliver efficiently. Our global team collaborates across geographies, sectors and legal disciplines, seamlessly integrating expert input to deliver co-ordinated solutions on both domestic and international cross-border transactions.

We have experience across the full debt spectrum and are adept in multi-track financings and complex capital structures. The team delivers transactions including syndicated term loans (TLB), high yield bonds, unitranche loans, mezzanine, second lien, PIK and other holdco financing, bridging debt, vendor financing and related hedging arrangements.

How can we help you?

Insights from a broad perspective

We advise financial investors, corporates, investment and commercial banks, private credit providers and industry bodies.

Collectively our client base gives us a broad perspective on market developments and allows us to anticipate issues and solutions.

Integrated solutions for innovative complex transactions

Our track record includes many of the world's most innovative and complex leverage finance transactions. 

We are able to combine financing expertise with specialist input from the firm's tax, pensions, anti-trust, regulatory advisory and other disciplines which impact financing and commercial outcomes. The team also works closely with the firm's award winning Private Equity group.

In depth experience, whichever finance track you choose

We act on debt commitments for public and private acquisition bid financing, leverage buy-out, refinancing, recapitalisation, restructuring and IPO-related financing.

As long-standing relationship advisors, we continue to assist clients throughout the lifecycle of investments, from acquisition and growth to exit.

Recent client highlights

Strategic investment in Esdec Solar Group

Rivean Capital regarding a strategic investment in Esdec Solar Group by Blackstone.

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EUR 2.8 billion sale of Envirotainer

Cinven and Novo Holdings on the EUR 2.8 billion sale of international air cargo business Envirotainer to EQT and Mubadala.

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IFLR Europe Awards 2022

Clifford Chance named International Law Firm of the Year, winner of Loan Team of the Year, winner of Debt & Equity linked Team of the Year and winner of Loan Deal of the Year at IFLR Europe Awards 2022.

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USD 2.6bn acquisition of Bayer Environmental Science

Cinven on an agreement with Germany-listed Life Sciences giant Bayer AG to acquire its Environmental Science Professional business for a total enterprise value of USD 2.6 billion.

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IK Partners debt financing

Advised long-standing client IK Partners on the debt financing aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake in IG&H.

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USD 1.2 billion refinancing for We Soda Limited

The mandated lead arrangers in relation to the USD 1.2 billion term loan refinancing for We Soda Limited, the largest natural soda ash producer in the world.

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