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Noel Hughes

Noel Hughes Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Noel practices out of both our New York and London offices. His practice focuses on international capital markets and cross-border leveraged finance transactions, with a particular focus on high-yield bond financings, across a number of industry sectors.

Noel advises issuer and underwriter clients, as well as alternative capital investors on a broad range of transactions, including high-yield debt offerings, debt liability management transactions and U.S. securities law matters. He is also experienced in advising on restructurings and acquisition financings.

Since 2015, Noel has been recognised by Chambers UK, with commentators from the 2019 edition saying that he "is razor sharp intellectually and marries this with a very unusual level of market knowledge of high-yield securities” with clients said to be “incredibly impressed with his skills.” 

Experience Highlights

  • Vistra Energy on its issuance of $1 billion of Senior Notes due 2026 and its related $1.7 billion cash tender offers
  • First Quantum Minerals Ltd. on its notes issuances, liability management transactions and related U.S. securities law advice, including:

    • its issuance of $850 million Senior Notes Due 2024 and $1 billion Senior Notes Due 2026;
    • its issuance of $2.2 billion Senior Notes due 2023 and 2025 and its related tender offers in respect of $1.47 billion of existing notes;
    • its $850 million Senior Notes due 2022; and
    • its debut high-yield offering of $350 million Senior Notes due 2019, its acquisition of Inmet Mining Corporation, the consent solicitation in respect of its $350 million Senior Notes due 2019 and the exchange offer for its $1.5 billion Senior Notes due 2020 and $500 million Senior Notes due 2021
  • Petra Diamonds on its notes issuances, liability management transactions and related U.S. securities law advice, including:

    • the U.S. securities law aspects of its $178 million equivalent fully underwritten rights issue;
    • its issuance of $650 million Senior Secured Lien Notes due 2022; and
    • its debut high-yield offering of $300 million Senior Secured Second Lien Notes due 2020
  • The senior secured bondholder committee in relation to the consent solicitation process relating to c. £1.3 billion of debt and the Corporate Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) of New Look, the UK-headquartered apparel business
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and RBC Capital Markets on the tender offers by BHP Billiton in respect of $1.8 billion of Senior Notes
  • JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and RBC in connection with the offering by Suddenlink (Altice USA) of $1.5 billion of Senior Secured Notes due 2026
  • JP Morgan and BNP Paribas in connection with the $6.7 billion financing package provided to Altice for its $9.1 billion Suddenlink acquisition


Contact Details

T +1.212.237.0191
M +44.7557.080.511
F +1.917.849.5398
nhughes@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103
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M +44.7557.080.511
F +44.20.7065.6001
nhughes@velaw.com
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
Local time: 9:22 AM
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Noel's Practices

  • St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, LL.M., 2007
  • Queen's University of Belfast, LL.B., 2004 (with first class honors)
  • Admitted to practice: New York (Attorney), England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • Other languages: Italian
  • Chambers UK, Capital Markets, High-Yield Products, 2015−2019

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).