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Pinsent Masons advises UCL on £300m sustainability bond

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised University College London (UCL) on its debut issue of £300m 1.625% sustainability bonds due 2061 – the first publicly listed sustainability bonds in the higher education sector.

The bonds are rated Aa3 by Moody’s and were priced at a spread of 0.50% over the relevant reference gilt.

UCL will allocate an amount equivalent to the net proceeds of the bonds to the acquisition, financing, or refinancing of new or existing eligible sustainable projects in accordance with its sustainability finance framework.

The team at Pinsent Masons was led by debt capital markets and sustainability bond finance expert Alexis Hayworth, with governance advice from partner and higher education expert Gayle Ditchburn and assistance from higher education finance solicitor Katy McBride.

Commenting on this, Alexis Hayworth said: “We are delighted to have advised on UCL’s debut sustainability bond, which showcases the strength and depth of Pinsent Masons’ higher education finance practice. It is great that we are seeing higher education providers positively embrace sustainability products and we anticipate this trend continuing within the sector given the focus on the environment across campuses and the momentum of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) as an asset class in the market this year.”

Commenting on the issue, Dr Michael Spence, UCL President & Provost, said: “We are delighted by the success of this issue, and by the strong support shown by investors in UCL’s history and future. I am particularly proud that this is the sector’s first Sustainability Bond. It demonstrates our deep commitment to sustainability as an organisation and to addressing the global impact of climate change through our world-leading research.”

Latham Advises Unicredit on the Issuance of US$2 Billion in Senior Notes

UniCredit S.p.A. has successfully issued US$1 billion of Fixed to Fixed Rate Senior Preferred Notes, with a 6 year maturity and a call after 5 years, and US$1 billion of Fixed to Fixed Rate Senior Preferred Notes, with a 11 year maturity and a call after 10 years, targeted to institutional investors under 144A/Reg S for a total amount of US$2 billion. The transaction was completed under UniCredit’s US$30 billion US Global Medium Term Note Programme.

BofA Securities, Citi, Goldman Sachs International, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, TD Securities, and UniCredit acted as Joint Bookrunners for the Notes offering.

Latham & Watkins advised UniCredit S.p.A. in the transaction with a team led by London and Milan partner Ryan Benedict, with Milan partner Antonio Coletti and associates Giorgio Thomson Ignazzi, Marco Bonasso, and Marta Carini. Advice was also provided on US tax matters by New York partners Jocelyn Noll and Aaron Bernstein.

Latham & Watkins Advises on Ukraine’s US$1.25 Billion Bond

Latham & Watkins advised the joint lead managers and bookrunners on Ukraine’s successful pricing of its new US$1.25 billion notes due 2029 in international capital markets. The issuance was priced at 6.875% annual yield. The proceeds will be used for general budgetary purposes.

Latham continues to be the market leader in Ukrainian capital markets where it regularly acts for issuers and underwriters on a variety of offerings.

Latham’s deal team was led by corporate partners David Stewart and Manoj Tulsiani, with associates Harrison Armstrong, Amina Tsatiashvili, and Clive Wong. Advice was also provided by London litigation partner Oliver Browne.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins LLP is an American law firm founded in 1934 in Los Angeles, California. In 2007, Latham became the first American law firm to surpass $2 billion in annual revenue and then, in 2018, it became the first American law firm to surpass $3 billion in annual revenue as well.

Baker McKenzie Advises Mytheresa in Approximately $407mn IPO

Baker McKenzie advised MYT Netherlands Parent B.V., the parent company of luxury e-commerce platform Mytheresa, in its approximately USD 407 million initial public offering of American Depositary Shares (ADSs). Mytheresa’s ADSs now trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MYTE.”

The Baker McKenzie team included Roger Bivans, Chris Bartoli, Leif King, Eric Mattingly, Jamie Nix, Jeremy Poore, Derek Liu, Tom Asmar, Jonathan Martin, Robin Chesler, Christoph Wolf, Bernhard Trappehl, Kim Tan, Rebecca Kuijpers-Zimmerman, Ulrich Weidemann, Denise Ozmis and Willem Treuren, and numerous other team members in the United States, Netherlands, Germany and other countries.

About Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is a transactional powerhouse with over 2,500 deal lawyers and expertise in over 46 countries. Our strong global reputation for both issuer and underwriter counsel is based on our ability to successfully navigate the highly complex mix of legal system and cultures in complex cross-border and domestic equity and debt offerings.

Kirkland Advises EQT on Expanded Partnership in IVC Evidensia

Kirkland & Ellis is advising EQT Private Equity on the additional investment and renewed long-term commitment in IVC Evidensia. As part of its long-term commitment to IVC, Kirkland advised EQT Private Equity in making a substantial investment through its EQT IX fund; Silver Lake is making a new substantial minority investment in IVC; Nestlé is also increasing its minority stake in IVC. The aggregated new investment from the expanded partnership transaction totals €3.5 billion and values IVC at an enterprise value of approximately €12.3 billion.

Headquartered in Bristol, UK, IVC is a leading veterinary services provider with a network of more than 1,500 clinics and hospitals and approximately 22,000 employees across Europe.

The Kirkland team was led by transactional partners Roger Johnson, David Holdsworth, Tom Bartram, Andreas Philipson and associate Irfan Ahmed.

Read EQT’s press release

DLA Piper advises SalesLoft in its US$100 million Series E financing

DLA Piper represented Atlanta-based start-up SalesLoft in its recent US$100 million Series E financing led by Owl Rock Capital, with participation from Insight Partners, HarbourVest, and Emergence.

SalesLoft’s sales engagement platform helps industry-leading companies generate more revenue and deliver better experiences to their customers. DLA Piper also advised SalesLoft in its US$70 million Series D round in 2019. The company has now raised a total of US$245 million and is valued at US$1.1 billion.

“We were proud to again partner with SalesLoft in its latest financing round, bringing our wide-ranging experience advising high-growth technology companies on complex transactions to achieve a successful result. We look forward to supporting SalesLoft in its success as it expands its customer base and continues to transform the sales industry,” said Jeffrey Leavitt, the DLA Piper partner who led the firm’s deal team.

“Working with Jeff and the DLA Piper team has been a phenomenal experience. The team provides an exceptional level of support and guidance, and their attention to detail and professionalism ensured that closing this financing round was a smooth and efficient process,” said Kyle Porter, CEO of SalesLoft.

“DLA Piper brings a business-oriented approach to every matter they take on, and Jeff’s background as a former VC and entrepreneur himself gives him a unique ability to understand and prioritise the business issues we care about. The firm’s focus and responsiveness was a key factor in helping us secure this funding and move our goals forward. We were extremely pleased to partner with them once again,” said Chad Gold, CFO of SalesLoft.

In addition to Leavitt (Atlanta), the DLA Piper team advising SalesLoft included partners Stacy Paz (Silicon Valley), Julia Kovacs and Jennifer Kashatus (both of Washington, DC); and associates Puja Vadodaria and Mario Bolaños (both of Atlanta).

DLA Piper’s Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice includes more than 200 lawyers in the US who provide strategic counsel to emerging companies in high-growth industries, including biotech, manufacturing, communications, software and semiconductors. Over the last three years, DLA Piper has completed more than 2,100 financings totalling over US$31 billion.

DLA Piper’s global Technology sector lawyers work across practice areas and offices to support technology clients – from start-ups to fast-growing and mid-market businesses to mature global enterprises – doing business around the world.