Capital markets

Mezzanine finance

Crefovi is recognised as a leader for its representation of financial sponsors, issuers and investors in structuring and negotiating complex mezzanine finance transactions.

Ensuring a successful mezzanine finance transaction

Crefovi has an integrated team approach to client representation, which combines extensive experience negotiating deals that require multiple layers of financing, called ‟mezzanine finance”, with the comprehensive resources of the firm’s global capital markets and bank finance teams.

Handling over 100 transactions in the past ten years, our lawyers routinely represent mezzanine funds, small business investment companies (‟SBICs”), business development companies (‟BDCs”) and other providers of junior capital. We are creative yet pragmatic in structuring deals, closely attuned to the market and our clients’ businesses, and fundamentally solution-oriented. Instead of over-complicating transactions, we take a deal driven approach focused on reasonable market terms to achieve the best and most efficient outcome.

Transactional expertise

Crefovi has mezzanine financing capabilities, which include:

  • executing clients’ preferred exit strategies, including public offerings, recapitalizations, and refinancings and disposals;
  • forming and administering mezzanine funds and other investment vehicles, including fund structuring and closing;
  • negotiating, documenting and consummating transactions, including subordination and intercreditor arrangements, and
  • providing expert tax and structuring advice.

Some of Europe’s financial sponsors and issuers, as well as investors, lenders and placement agents, turn to Crefovi for legal advice in a variety of mezzanine finance scenarios.

Crefovi has a ‟Mezzanine finance” practice, which includes a dedicated team of ‟Capital markets” and ‟Bank & finance” lawyers, who handle complex financing and securities matters around the world. By drawing on the comprehensive resources of an interdisciplinary group of finance, mergers and acquisitions, partnership, tax, securities, employment and benefits lawyers, Crefovi provides its clients with expertise in related considerations as well.

A global network

Clients praise Crefovi’s lawyers for their responsiveness & ability to understand the technical, business and legal aspects of each mezzanine finance transaction and come back, matter after matter, to be advised by them.

While London and Paris based, we routinely work across borders. The vast majority of our engagements are multi-jurisdictional. We are used to working in multinational teams, and rely on our network of specialist lawyers for support in other jurisdictions.

The team has therefore established an extensive international network of capital markets contacts and a close association with other specialist lawyers worldwide. Our history of successes in high profile, politically sensitive matters reflects an ability to act swiftly and with the utmost discretion.

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