Benjamin Bierwirth

Benjamin Bierwirth

Associate
Baker & McKenzie Services Limited

Biography

Benjamin is a New York qualified senior associate in the Firm’s Corporate Finance group in London. Prior to joining the Firm in 2019, he worked in a leading US law firm in London. Benjamin has experience advising banks, private clients and borrowers on a wide range of corporate finance transactions, including high yield debt offerings, liability management transactions, syndicated credit facilities and restructuring transactions. Benjamin has also worked on secondment at a leading global investment bank its leveraged finance legal team.

Practice Focus

Benjamin’s practice focuses on corporate finance transactions with a particular emphasis on high yield debt offerings. Benjamin regularly acts for corporations, private equity funds, investment banks and underwriters on leveraged finance transactions involving high yield debt offerings and commitment financing processes. Benjamin also regularly works on the syndicated loan side of transactions as well as liability management transactions, including debt exchange and tender offers. Benjamin’s practice also includes the representation of corporations in connection with complex cross-border Rule 144A and Regulation S debt offerings and restructurings.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acting for the initial purchasers in connection with the issuance by Cabot Financial (Luxembourg) II S.A. of EUR 400 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured floating rate notes due 2024.
  • Acting for the lenders with respect to a USD 2.3 billion credit facility for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited and certain of its subsidiaries. 
  • Acting for the board of directors of TelePizza Group, S.A. on the financing aspects of KKR’s offer for TelePizza Group, S.A., including EUR 335 million of high yield bonds.

Prior to joining the Firm, Benjamin represented :

  • Credit Suisse and other banks, as global coordinators and joint bookrunners, and BNP Paribas, as joint bookrunner, on the offering of EUR 200 million 8.00%/8.75% senior PIK toggle notes due 2022 by NewCo GB, a parent entity of Burger King France. Also advised Credit Suisse and other banks, as global coordinators and joint bookrunners, on the contemporaneous offering of EUR 60 million tap senior secured floating rate notes due 2023, by Burger King France. The proceeds from the offerings were used to finance an acquisition and were placed in escrow pending closing thereof.

  • The lead arrangers, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citi, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Mizuho Bank, Morgan Stanley, RBC and Sumitomo Mitsui, in their USD 33.75 billion acquisition financing commitments to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. to fund Teva's USD 40.5 billion acquisition of Allergan Generics and subsequent related liability management transactions.

  • Crédit Agricole, Natixis and Société Générale, as Joint Global Coordinators, and other banks, as Joint Bookrunners, on Groupe Fnac S.A.'s offering of EUR 650 million senior notes due 2023 issued in connection with the acquisition of the Darty Group. The notes, issued on September 21, 2016 and priced at 3.25%, were offered and sold in accordance with Rule 144A and Regulation S and were listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

  • GSO Capital Partners in the EUR 600 million private high yield to fund the merger of Polynt Composites and Reichhold.

  • Credit Suisse, as global coordinator and joint bookrunner, and KKR and Société Générale, as joint bookrunners, on the EUR 270 million offering of 4.25% senior secured notes due 2024 by Louvre Bidco SAS, a subsidiary of funds advised by BC Partners, to finance the acquisition of the MCS Group.

  • Play Topco S.A. as Issuer on the offering of EUR 500 million 5.375% / 6.125% Senior PIK Toggle Notes due 2022. The deal was tightest pricing euro-denominated PIK toggle notes issuance in the context of a single B Offering since the credit crisis. The Play group had early adopted IFRS 15 and 16 and this was the first deal of its kind for a company that had done this.

  • Play Communications S.A., as Issuer, and its shareholders in connection with its initial public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The IPO valued the company at EUR 4 billion (PLN 16 billion). Play shares were listed on July 27, 2017. Upon issuance, it was the largest ever non-privatization IPO of a Polish company, the largest IPO in the telecommunications sector in Eruope since June 2015, and one of the five largest Polish IPOs ever.

  • Nomura, as initial purchaser, in connection with Lake Bridge International PLC's issuance of GBP 234.3 million 8.00% senior secured notes due 2020 in connection with the acquisition of the University of Law, and the initial purchaser, in connection with the tap issue of GBP 77.3 million senior secured notes due 2020. Lake Bridge International PLC is a finance subsidiary of Global University Systems which is a leading private higher education provider based in the UK.

  • Cabot Credit Management Limited, as issuer, on the offering of EUR 310,000,000 Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes.

  • Cognor SA and its affiliates in connection with the 2015 modified Dutch auction tender offer for senior secured notes due 2020 issued by Cognor International Finance plc and the 2016 modified Dutch auction tender offer for outstanding mandatory exchangeable guaranteed notes due 2021 of Cognor International Finance plc. Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited acted as Dealer Manager.

  • CEE Equity Partners on the first lien / second lien financing for its acquisition of Hungarian telcom Invitel.

Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • New York University (BA)
  • New York University School of Law (JD)

Languages

  • English
  • French