Roberta Downey is London’s queen of construction disputes. Clients and counsel love working with her. One of the all-time greats. She may actually be without compare – the leading light of her generation perhaps. [Legal 500 U.K., 2022]
One of the interesting things about high yield is that it’s effectively consensual financing. Banks and issuers have interests that are generally aligned. A large part of the job is to help clients see the possibilities in a transaction and not make things unnecessarily adversarial.
I've been lucky to do all sorts of financing for all sorts of clients. I love being involved in transactions, and working with various parties, from the conception of an idea, all the way through to an exit, and on anything and everything that comes up along the way.
I love the global nature of what I do. On any given day, I'm talking to clients in Brazil and an opposite number in Paris, and a lender in New York, and a buyer in Madrid. I don't know whether it's an art or a science, but explaining to a West African energy minister and a New York investment banker and a Brazilian oil and gas engineer how the deal has to work so they will all understand it and benefit from it is a consistent challenge and a lot of fun.
The most rewarding part of my practice is working with my clients to see their projects through from inception to completion. By immersing myself and my team in my client’s business, we better understand their objectives. As a result, our advice is more practical, focused, and ultimately leads to better outcomes.