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Adam Freeman

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Banking, private equity.


Adam is a senior banking partner with over 20 years experience of advising on financing transactions, principally those relating to acquisitions. He is a highly regarded practitioner throughout the European leveraged finance market.

He is global head of the firm’s leveraged finance practice and co-head of the firm’s financial sponsor sector, has been a partner since 2002 and joined the Linklaters’ banking team in 2005.

Adam has extensive experience in all types of leveraged and acquisition finance, including financial restructurings with a particular focus on acting for both lenders and financial sponsors on cross-border leveraged buy-outs.

Adam has been part of a key team advising clients on the developments that have happened in the European leveraged finance market over the last few years, particularly the use of “covenant lite” technology as a result of the convergence between loan and high-yield bond products.  Adam  has also been closely involved in advising clients on the increased use of direct lending solutions in financial sponsor deals and recently advised on the Fintrax transaction, at the time one of the largest direct lending deals in Europe.

Work highlights:

Adam has led on a number of significant complex financing transactions. These include advising:  

  • the arrangers on the financing of the leveraged buy-out of Parkdean Resorts
  • Apollo on the recapitalisation of Verallia, following Apollo’s acquisition of Verallia that involved an innovative mix of high-yield bonds and loans as part of the financing in France’s largest leveraged buyout of 2015 
  • the arrangers on the refinancing of the facilities for the Busy Bees group
  • the arrangers on the refinancing of the facilities for the Shop Direct group
  • the arrangers on the financing of the leveraged buy-out by CVC of DOC Generici
  • the board of directors of Biffa on financing matters
  • Eurazeo on the debt financing aspects of its acquisition of Fintrax, at the time the largest direct lending deal in Europe
  • CVC on the financing of its acquisition of Delachaux
  • the arrangers on the refinancing of IDC Salud
  • the arrangers on the debt financing of Valeo Foods’ acquisition of Balconi


Lovells 1994-2002; partner 2002-05; Partner Linklaters, London 2005 to date.


Adam is a member of the Loan Market Association’s working group on leveraged finance issues. 

Adam co-authored  a chapter about  intercreditor agreements for the LMA “Loan Book” in 2011 which is being updated in 2016.


Birmingham University (1992); College of Law, Chester (1993).

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Within: Leading individuals

Adam Freeman - Linklaters LLP

Within: Acquisition finance

Benefiting from a vast roster of practitioners focusing on leveraged and corporate acquisition finance out of London and also able to tap into the firm's impressive international network of offices,¬†Linklaters LLP¬†is 'able to staff appropriately on tight timelines' and provide a 'very strong service which is attuned to the latest market developments' to banks, alternative capital providers, corporates and private equity sponsors.¬†Adam Freeman¬†heads up the leveraged finance sub-group at the firm and has strong credentials among many leading banks in the market; alongside¬†Robert Burt, Freeman recently advised the arrangers and underwriters on the complex financing involving TLB, second lien and revolving credit facilities for Blackstone and CVC to fund their acquisition of Paysafe plc. On the borrower front,¬†Oliver Sceales ¬†has handled numerous matters for The Carlyle Group including recently advising it on a ‚ā¨320m European cov-lite TLB facility and¬†‚ā¨80m revolving credit facility to fund its acquisition of Praesidiad from CVC Capital Partners.¬†Annette Kurdian¬†is 'excellent on tricky transactions' on behalf of banks and alternative lenders; alongside the 'experienced'¬†Nick Syson, and on the US high yield front¬†Mark Hageman, she recently advised the arrangers/underwriters¬†(including BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse) on the cov-lite TLB, revolving credit and bridge facility to fund Unilabs'¬†(an Apax Partners portfolio company) acquisition of AeskuLab Holding and Alpha Medical.¬†Edward Aldred¬†and¬†Daniel Gendron ¬†are also recommended.

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