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John R. Dawson

John R. Dawson Partner, Finance

John advises investors, borrowers and lenders on a wide variety of financing transactions. He has extensive experience of syndicated, club and unitranche public and private acquisition financings, funds financings, real estate financings and restructurings in the UK, European and international markets.

Experience Highlights

  • A leading provider of fund and corporate services on the refinancing of its debt facilities concurrent with an investment in its equity by Permira
  • A global investment firm on several Term Loan B refinancings, including alongside floating rate notes and bonds
  • A global investment firm on financings for the acquisition of a design and manufacturing expert in minimally invasive medical devices and a leading aquatic health group manufacturer, including the refinancing of the latter through the Norwegian bond market
  • A private equity company on financings for the acquisition of a rail logistics provider and a biscuits manufacturer
  • A fund manager, on its loan-to-own acquisition of a holiday parks operator, Park Resorts, subsequent buy and build financings and a term loan B refinancing on Park Resorts’ merger with ParkDean to form ParkDean Resorts
  • A fund manager on financings for the acquisition of a fiduciary and corporate services provider and an audio mixing consoles manufacturer
  • A private equity platform on the financing through an international development bank of its first investment in Africa
  • A private equity company on the financing for its acquisition of the European assets of a U.S. media business and subsequent term loan B dividend recapitalisation
  • Leading private equity funds on facilities for their private equity, development capital, growth capital and debt funds 
  • An independent investment firm and an asset manager on the unitranche refinancing of a Maltese mobile telecoms provider
  • An independent private investment company on its unitranche refinancing of EAT
  • A hedge fund on a margin loan to a Spanish construction company
  • An online gaming company on the re-organisation of its indebtedness on moving its listing from Toronto to London, including an increase in its indebtedness by the introduction of a second lien facility
  • A listed UK pension and annuity provider on its corporate facilities
  • A leading Finnish manufacturer on its corporate facilities
  • A group of lenders under German law Schuldshein loans on the restructuring of their loans and the revolving, term, USPPN, hedging and convertible bond indebtedness of a UK listed oil exploration and production company, Premier Oil plc
  • An oil trader on the restructuring of its loans to an oil producer
  • A central European chemicals producer on the restructuring of its senior and mezzanine indebtedness
  • The Co-ordinator and Co-Com on the restructuring of the senior and mezzanine facilities of the leading Bulgarian telecoms provider, which included a Bulgarian prepack and the first scheme of arrangement in both Bulgaria and the Netherlands
  • A Bulgarian telecoms provider, on its financing needs, including the first high yield bond issuance in Bulgaria

Contact Details

London

T +44.20.7065.6059
jdawson@velaw.com
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
Local time: 9:31 PM
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John's Practices

  • Keble College, University of Oxford, MA (Hons) Jurisprudence, 1997
  • College of Law, York, Diploma in Legal Practice, 1998
  • Admitted to practice: Solicitor in England and Wales
  • John lectures on acquisition financings as part of the Masters in Law and Finance at Cambridge University and the MSC in Law and Finance at Oxford University
  • Board member of the East End Community Foundation

Solicitors and Registered Foreign Lawyers. A list of partner names is available for inspection at 20 Fenchurch Street, 24th Floor, London, EC3M 3BY. Vinson & Elkins RLLP is a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of New York authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (No. 0079019).