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Andrew Young

Andrew Young

Partner

Partner
Andrew Young

Andrew Young advises financial investors in all aspects of domestic and international debt finance transactions, with a focus on private credit and leveraged finance, and other expertise on cross-border transactions, investment grade facilities, asset-based loans, LatAm-focused financings and private placements. Andrew also advises clients in respect of preferred equity investments, warrants, intercreditor arrangements, work-outs and restructurings.

Private Credit

  • BlackRock in connection with the following direct loans: (i) a $300 million secured term loan facility for Root Inc., a publicly listed automobile InsurTech company; (ii) a $150 million secured term loan facility for Puttshack, a tech-infused mini golf entertainment venue; and (iii) a $125 million club financing backing the acquisition by Vertex Energy of an oil refining operation.
  • A global asset manager in connection with the following private debt financings and investments: (i) a cross-border club financing backing the acquisition by Oaktree of Interblock, a leading developer and supplier of luxury electronic table gaming products; (ii) a unitranche financing for Golden Hippo, a leading marketer of health, beauty, and pet care products;
    (iii) private secured note issuances by Freed Corp., a resort property developer in Canada;
    (iv) private second lien note issuances by Homes By WestBay, one of the nation's top homebuilders; (v) a cross-border club financing for Fractal, a multinational AI company; (vi) direct loans to Morae Global, a legal and compliance tech provider; (vii) direct loans to Ameriqual, a major shelf-stable foods provider to the government; (viii) anchor loans to Open Lending, LLC, an auto lending enablement platform, in relation to its SPAC transactions; and (ix) direct loans to, and related equity investments in, Priority 1, a diversified international aerospace and defense company.
  • Private equity sponsors and strategic borrowers in the following private debt financings:
    (i) OpCapita, in connection with first and second lien facilities provided by Sixth Street and CDIB to support the acquisition of retailer Maurices; (ii) Corinthian Capital, in connection with acquisition financings relating to Eastern Fences, Best Lighting and Renegade Group, and NAV fund financings; (iii) C-III Capital Partners, in connection with acquisition financing provided by Guggenheim; (iv) Falcon Group, in connection with direct loans provided by KKR; and
    (v) PIMCO, in connection with REIT-related holdco financings.
  • Waterfall Asset Management in connection with direct loans to Wheeler REIT.
  • Blue Earth Capital in connection with direct loans for environmental and social impact projects, including for clean energy and micro-finance companies in the U.S. and Latin America.
  • Partners Group in connection with private notes for Capital Spring, a small business financier.

Leveraged Finance

  • CVC Capital Partners in connection with a $600 million TLB supporting the acquisition and combination of the Alpha Corporation and Aliancys groups, forming a leading global composite resins enterprise.
  • Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc., in connection with a $500 million TLB.
  • Cinven in connection with leveraged financing supporting its CeramTec acquisition.
  • The lead arrangers in connection with over $1.5 billion in first and second lien loans backing the acquisition of Exova Group by Bridgepoint-owned Element Materials to join two of the world's leading testing companies.
  • The lead arrangers in relation to a $57 billion committed loan facility backing Bayer's proposed acquisition of Monsanto.
  • Bank of China in the following leveraged financings: (i) an $800 million TLB backing the acquisition by private equity funds of Omnivision and (ii) a $400 million exit term loan for GNC in connection with its acquisition by private equity funds.
  • The lead arrangers in connection with the financing of Froneri's acquisition of Nestlé's US ice cream business.

Insurance/Reinsurance Matters

  • Premia Re, a Bermuda-based reinsurance company owned by Keslo and Arch, in connection with: (i) $110 million of privately placed notes supporting the start-up; (ii) a $190 million LC facility for capital requirements; (iii) a Tier 2 capital raise via 144a notes; and (iv) a $45 million RCF to fund general corporate purposes.
  • Watford Re in connection with: (i) an $800 million ABL and (ii) a $100 million 364-day LC facility to support reinsurance obligations.
  • MUFG in connection with an LC facility for 1970 Group, a specialized risk financing provider.
  • Credit Suisse in connection with a $300 million LC facility backing reinsurance obligations of Athene.
  • Elanus Capital Management in connection with a private note issuance by Conifer Insurance Company.
  • Legal & General in connection with a secured reinsurance arrangement for American General Life Insurance Company.
  • Schroders in connection with 144a privately placed notes issued by Security First Mangers, a managing general insurance agency.

Latin America Financings

  • Goldman Sachs as co-arranger of over $1 billion in debtor-in-possession financing for Avianca Holdings S.A. – Americas Restructuring Deal of 2020, Airline Economics Aviation 100 Awards.
  • Klabin, a Brazilian paper producing, exporting and recycling company, in connection with its corporate and export credit facilities.
  • Natura, a Brazilian global personal care cosmetics group, in connection with its corporate credit facilities.
  • The lead arrangers of approximately $230 million in loans to PetroRecôncavo, backing its acquisition from Petrobras of 34 onshore oilfields and related assets in Brazil.
  • A global asset manager in connection with privately placed secured notes issued by a holding company of Mexican power projects.
  • Scotiabank Chile in connection with an LC facility for Interchile S.A.
  • Lenders to Compania De Petroleos De Chile Copec S.A.
  • Lenders to Omega Energy International S.A.

Other Financings

  • A global asset manager in connection with privately placed notes issued by the Louis Dreyfus Company.
  • A global digital assets exchange in connection with a series of crypto-backed financings.
  • SMBC in connection with financings for Flex Ltd., a multinational diversified manufacturing company, Westlake Financial, a major automotive finance company, and Toyota Industries Commercial Finance, Inc.
  • Major corporations in connection with their corporate facilities, including Lennar, iStar Inc., Safehold Inc., Hearst and Eaton.
  • UniCredit in connection with financings for Eataly.
  • The arrangers in connection with financings for AutoGrill, an Italian-based, multinational catering company.
  • HSBC in connection with a secured financing provided to L Brands Inc.

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Career and qualifications

  • Boston University (BA, Computer Science) 2002
  • New York Law School (JD) 2005
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 2006
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2015
  • Partner since 2021

Awards and citations

  • Ranked as a Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500 Latin America 2022, Banking and Finance – International Firms
  • Ranked as a Rising Star
    Legal 500 Latin America 2020, Banking and Finance – International Firms
  • Senior associate Andrew Young is another up-and-coming name.
    Legal 500 Latin America 2019, Banking and Finance – International Firms