Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh Advocaten

Banking & finance

We advise our clients on how to structure and file financing transactions. This can involve new and re-financing whether within the context of a restructure or not. We are also highly experienced with national and international transactions, acting on behalf of both financiers and borrowers. Our team has extensive experience across the sector including shareholder loans, corporate finance, acquisition finance, real estate finance and project finance.

We also regularly apprise and litigate on financing and securities’ disputes.

Our lawyers bring a wealth of knowledge gained at leading international practices and financial institutions. We pride ourselves on the accessible and client-oriented approach of our firm. Whether securing complicated re-financing or litigating in a case concerning the execution of a pledge, we are really making a difference for our clients.

Recent matters

Acting for a provider of horticulture technology on its financial restructuring, including an amendment of its Senior Facilities Agreement and the structuring of a Subordinated Loan.

Acting for the management participation vehicle in the restructuring of IHC Merwede Holding, one of the largest Dutch shipbuilders, whereby the shares in IHC were acquired by a consortium of strategic parties and investors, supported by the Dutch State. Our instruction commenced early 2019 when we advised the management participation vehicle on the EUR 1.6 billion refinancing of IHC Merwede Holding.

Acting for Mercon, a service provider for tank and industrial support in maintenance and constructing projects in optimizing its capital structure.

Acting for Quick Parking Holding, a Dutch parking multinational, in its refinancing.

Assisted a group of funds on the refinancing of a €750m Revolving Credit Facility (September 2018) provided to Hemisphere International Properties B.V. and the further implementation thereof (until October 2019). Hemisphere was holding approx. €1,1 billion real estate for Steinhoff International Holding N.V.

Acted for Rabobank on the collection of a receivable, pledged in its favour. In court proceedings in respect of the collection of the receivable, an objection to jurisdiction of the District Court of Amsterdam was filed on the basis that a pledgee should not be allowed to rely on a choice of forum in the underlying agreement between the pledgor and its counterparty. On behalf of Rabobank, we successfully opposed the objection both in the first instance and on appeal.

Assisted a group of funds with a €750m interest in the Revolving Credit Facility  provided to Hemisphere International Properties B.V., holding approx. €1,1 billion real estate for Steinhoff International Holding N.V., a South-African global retailer that is dual listed in Germany. Steinhoff deals mainly in furniture and household goods. It operates in Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. As of August 2019, Steinhoff is active in 30 countries, with 12,000 retail outlets, 40 brands and approx. 130,000 employees.

Acted for an Israeli financial institution on the refinancing of a credit facility in The Netherlands.

Assisted Varova Fashion Group now known as Brand Retail Group (110 stores, 1500 people employed, €140m revenue p/a) and Standard Investment (as a shareholder) in negotiating an Amendment and Restatement relating to a Loan Facility Agreement with senior credit provider HIG WhiteHorse. Varova now focuses on its most successful brands Sissy Boy, Open 32 and Tumble ’n Dry. For news click here.

Assisted a multi-billion African investment bank to recover outstanding bond and note claims in excess of €200m.

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