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Eleni Zodiates
Eleni Zodiates
Associate — Finance
Associate — Finance

Eleni Zodiates

Eleni Zodiates
London

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

Eleni Zodiates

Eleni has experience in a wide range of financing transactions, including real estate (property acquisition and development/construction), commodity/receivables financing in emerging markets, leverage finance and general corporate lending. Eleni acts for a broad range of market participants including sponsors, banks and corporate borrowers in domestic and cross-border transactions. Eleni also has experience in international mergers and acquisitions, real estate deals (including a ground rent transaction) and asset portfolio/distressed debt acquisitions in a range of sectors.

Eleni completed a 6 month secondment at a special situations focused private equity fund in 2018.

The following is a list of representative matters in which Eleni has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • Helios Investment Partners and its portfolio company, an agricultural and industrial inputs business based in Africa, on a complex refinancing of the group’s €172 million senior and bilateral facilities including adding a €150 million borrowing base facility in various Sub-Saharan African jurisdiction

  • A private equity fund as a direct lender on the origination (in 2018) and refinance (in 2020) of its bespoke, sponsor-to-sponsor, bilateral mezzanine loan to a global real estate investment and asset management firm including a partial repayment via the issuance of convertible loan notes

  • 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 and super senior revolving credit facility

  • A US private equity fund on its €3.17 billion carve-out acquisition of a global construction chemicals business from a public company

  • A private equity fund as a joint venture investor in a ground rent transaction in the care home sector

  • Goldman Sachs on the acquisition of various shipping loans

  • Helios Investment Partners on its in its acquisition and financing of an Africa-based fertilizer and industrial inputs group in 2017 – awarded Commodity Acquisition Finance Deal of the Year 2017 by TXF, TXF noted the deal was “the first structure of its kind within the commodity finance space, [the fund]s innovative blend of leverage finance and trade finance techniques raised both the necessary funding for its purchase, and post-acquisition trade finance for the acquired asset

  • A New York-based investment firm on the finance aspects of its equity line investment in a specialist aircraft finance company

  • An American regional bank, as lender and administrative agent, in connection with a credit facility provided to a multinational telecommunications and internet service provider

  • An Asian bank in connection with a credit facility for the development of  residential and commercial property in central London

  • A European real estate investment and fund management firm in connection with the secured term loan for the acquisition of properties in Milan, Italy

  • An American bank providing funds to a listed property investment company for the development of a supermarket and storage facilities in Kent

  • An international real estate fund in relation to the development of a large shopping centre in Yorkshire

Credentials

  • University of Birmingham (LL.B. with upper second class honours), 2012
  • The College of Law, Birmingham, LPC with distinction, 2013
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales