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Christopher Hesford
Christopher Hesford
Associate — Finance
Associate — Finance

Christopher Hesford

Christopher Hesford
London

20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom

Christopher Hesford

Chris is an associate in the Finance practice group, based in the London office. With experience working in both London and New York, Chris has advised on a range of cross-border finance transactions across Europe and North America, with a particular focus on advising private equity sponsors, portfolio companies, financial institutions and alternative capital providers on leveraged buyouts, refinancings, direct lending and high-yield bond issuances.

The following is a list of matters on which Chris has assisted:

Experience Highlights

  • Representing Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund (MEIF 5) and its portfolio company, Empark, on the group’s issuance of €575 million Senior Secured Notes due 2028, Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2027 and €100m Super Senior Revolving Credit Facility

  • Advising First Quantum Minerals Ltd., a TSX-listed mining and metals company, in connection with its offering of additional $500 million senior notes due 2023 and additional $250 million senior notes due 2025

  • Representing Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and other banks in relation to a leading coffee machine manufacturer’s offering of €550 million Senior Secured Notes due 2026

  • Representing a publicly listed portfolio company of a top tier private equity firm in obtaining $1.29 billion in term loan financing and $75 million revolving credit commitments together with its issuance of $370 million of senior notes, all in connection with a $760 million strategic acquisition and the refinancing of existing credit facilities

  • Advising a financial institution acting as trustee and collateral agent with respect to various high yield issuances and credit facilities incurred by a global leader in large-scale supply chain management, including its €300 million senior secured notes issuance and concurrent $475 million term loan B and $600 million revolving credit facility

  • Acting for a private equity growth fund in establishing mid-market term loan and asset-based revolving credit facilities for a number of portfolio companies

  • Representing a top tier private credit fund in relation to its provision of $405 million first lien, second lien and asset-based credit facilities to a minority held retail portfolio company

  • Advising an industrial-focused private equity firm in respect of its leveraged buyout of a US/Canadian steel corporation and associated restructuring, utilizing $500 million in syndicated term loan and asset-based revolving credit facilities

  • Acting for an investment fund in converting and restructuring $75 million of mezzanine PIK notes into a secured second lien term loan

  • Advising a global telecommunications group on its issuance of $2.625 billion and €775 million of senior and senior secured notes to fund a European joint venture project

  • Representing a special situations credit fund on its $1.27 billion acquisition of a global distressed debt portfolio

Credentials

  • Durham University, Law LLB, 2014
  • University of Law, Moorgate, LPC, 2015
  • Member: Law Society of England and Wales
  • England & Wales, 2017