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Jeffrey E. Eldredge

Jeffrey E. Eldredge Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Jeff’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance and capital markets transactions, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions in the energy (including renewables), chemicals, and telecommunications industries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has represented private equity and sovereign wealth funds, corporate issuers and acquirers, project developers and financiers, and their advisors, in numerous cross-border acquisitions, dispositions and financings. Jeff also focuses on high-yield bond financings and public and private debt restructurings.

Jeff is co-head of the firm's Corporate department.

Experience Highlights

  • Oman Oil Company in the $2.4 billion acquisition of the Oxea Group, the world’s largest supplier of Oxo chemical products, from Advent International
  • Soros Fund Management and Albright Capital Management with the acquisition of APR Energy, a provider of turnkey temporary power generation services, by a London Stock Exchange-listed acquisition vehicle
  • An international private equity fund on its acquisition of N&W Global Vending S.p.A, a producer of automatic snack and beverage vending machines
  • The initial purchasers on two issuances by Tullow Oil plc of $1,300 million in aggregate of senior notes
  • N&W Global Vending on its €300 million issuance of senior secured notes
  • HTA Group Ltd on its $600 million issuance of senior notes
  • Helios Towers Africa in its acquisition of telecom tower portfolios in Ghana, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mergers & Acquisitions – Chemicals

  • Champion Technologies, a U.S. chemicals company, in its formation of a joint venture with a Dutch subsidiary of an international chemicals company
  • A U.S. specialty chemicals company in its acquisition of a Dutch specialty chemicals subsidiary of Degussa, a German chemicals company

Mergers & Acquisitions – Energy

  • An international energy company with numerous venture capital investments in Europe and North America
  • A major international bank in a financing for the acquisition by a French energy services company of a Norwegian company
  • Dynegy, Inc, in the sale of its gas storage assets in England
  • Central and South West Corporation (U.S. public utility holding company with substantial international operations) in its merger with AEP, at the time the largest public utility merger in history
  • Central and Southwest Corporation in its takeover of SEEBOARD, an English electric company

Mergers & Acquisitions – Telecommunications

  • Crown Castle International with the privatization and acquisition of state-owned broadcast and telephony infrastructure in Italy
  • A telecommunications infrastructure company with proposed acquisitions of state-owned telecommunications infrastructure in Finland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Portugal, and France
  • Dynegy, Inc, in the sale of its European fibre optic ventures
  • A U.S. outsourcing company in its joint venture/acquisition negotiations with a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG
  • SBC Communications Inc. (now AT&T, Inc.) with the disposition of its interest in a European telecommunications company

Mergers & Acquisitions – Other

  • A Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Fund in several acquisitions and joint ventures in the United States
  • Dubai International Capital in its investments in a number of large international enterprises
  • Dubai Holding in the formation of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange

Projects

  • HgCapital Renewable Energy Partners in its acquisition of renewable energy projects and project portfolios throughout Europe
  • Project finance counsel to one of the sponsors of an LNG project in the Middle East
  • An international energy project developer in the creation of a public-funding structure for multiple projects throughout the world
  • The developer in the first project financing of a merchant power plant in the United Kingdom
  • The issuing developer in one of the first pooled project bond financings

Capital Markets

  • The initial purchasers on the issuance by Neptune Energy Bondco plc of US$550 million of senior notes due 2025 
  • The initial purchasers in connection with Tullow Oil plc’s placement of US$800 million of senior notes due 2025 
  • The initial purchasers on the issuance by AkerBP of US$500 million of senior notes due 2025 
  • The issuer or underwriter in numerous U.S. domestic and international capital markets transactions, including IPOs listed in the U.S. and on European markets, and offerings of investment grade and high yield debt
  • A U.S. stock exchange-listed European shipping company in connection with its attempt to consensually restructure its obligations and its subsequent administration in the United Kingdom
  • A purchaser of the debt of a financially troubled UK energy company and the subsequent purchase of all of the company’s assets out of administration
  • A U.S. stock exchange-listed energy company with its consensual restructuring, using a pre-arranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • A creditor/purchaser of assets in connection with the largest bankruptcy of an electric utility cooperative in the U.S


Contact Details

London

T +44.20.7065.6013
F +44.20.7065.6001
jeldredge@velaw.com
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
Local time: 9:23 AM
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Jeff's Practices

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1984
  • Texas Tech University, B.A. summa cum laude, 1979
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
    • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers, 2016
    • Selected to the London Super Lawyers list, London Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2015
    • Legal 500: UK, Corporate andCommercial, M&A Upper Mid Market and Premium Deals, 2015, 2017, and 2018
    • Legal 500: UK, Corporate and Commercial, Private Equity: Transactions, 2013
    • Legal 500: UK, Corporate and Commercial, M&A: Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals, 2013
    • Corporate and Finance, Europe, Middle East, and Africa “Legal Expert” (Dubai), 2010–2013
    • UK Best Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, and Telecommunications, 2013
    • Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide series, Energy, 2013
    • Legal 500 EMEA, Mergers & Acquisitions: Premium Deals–£250 million+, 2013
    • Legal 500 EMEA, Private Equity, 2013
    • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers, 2013
    • Legal 500 UK, Mergers & Acquisitions: Premium Deals £250 million+, 2012
    • Legal 500 UK, Mergers & Acquisitions: Upper Mid-market and Premium Deal - £250 million+, 2016  
    • Legal 500 UK, Private Equity, 2012
    • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers, Project Finance, 2012
    • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers, 2012
    • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Attorneys (UK/UAE), 2012
    • UK Legal Expert in Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A and Projects, Energy, and Natural Resources (including PFI), 2011
    • Member: International Bar Association; Business Law, International Law, and Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Sections, American Bar Association; Business Law, Corporate Counsel, and International Law Sections, State Bar of Texas

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