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Mirthe Van Kesteren

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Mirthe heads up the emerging markets banking and structured trade finance practice in London and co-heads the firm’s CIS desk. She has extensive experience of a variety of structured banking transactions and restructurings in emerging markets, as well as structured trade and commodity (including borrowing base) financings, acting for banks and borrowers, including sovereigns.


2007 to date Partner, Linklaters; 2005 – 2007 Managing Associate, Linklaters; 1999 – 2005 Associate, Clifford Chance; 1997 – 1999 Trainee Solicitor, Clifford Chance.


1995 – 1996 The College of Law, Guildford; 1992 – 1995 Kingston University LL.B (Hons).

London: Finance

Emerging markets

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Mirthe van Kesteren - Linklaters LLP

Within: Emerging markets

Linklaters LLP¬†has one of the premier finance practices in London and frequently acts for banks, corporates, funds and governments in their financing, hedging and investment activities. From London, it handles work in Africa, the CEE, China, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia and Turkey. It is a leading player in¬†debt capital markets transactions in emerging markets, though trade and project finance are also among its major strengths. Last year, it acted for lenders including African Development Bank, International Finance Corporation and¬†Japan Bank for International Cooperation on the $5bn financing of the Nacala Corridor project, a 900km rail and port development in Malawi and Mozambique backed by mining company Vale to transport coal from its mines to overseas markets. Head of the firm‚Äôs Africa group¬†Andrew Jones¬†led that deal. Another key deal in Mozambique was the $5bn financing of the¬†Coral South floating liquefied natural gas project, in which¬†Daniel Tyrer¬†led a team acting for the sponsors. He is also¬†head of the CIS group¬†is a leading light for oil and gas¬†project finance across EMEA.¬†Mirthe Van Kesteren¬†leads the emerging markets banking and structured trade finance practice in London, which has a deep bench of experienced partners including transport,¬†utilities and infrastructure¬†expert¬†Ian Andrews;¬†US securities partners¬†Cecil Quillen¬†and¬†Patrick Sheil, who handle both for debt and equity transactions; senior partner and mining industry expert¬†Charlie Jacobs; capital markets partners¬†Richard O‚ÄôCallaghan, who advised the Republic of Slovenia on a ‚ā¨1.25bn tender and exchange offer for outstanding debt, and¬†Elaine Keats; and¬†banking partner¬†Toby Grimstone.

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Trade finance

Within: Leading individuals

Mirthe van Kesteren - Linklaters LLP

Within: Trade finance

Linklaters LLP is known for its 'smooth delivery in multi-jurisdictional transactions and its keen ability to pull apart any change that might affect a deal'. Head of structured trade and commodity finance Mirthe Van Kesteren has handled all of the financing deals for KAZ Minerals since 2001; her recent work for this client includes a $2bn trading agreement with Advaita relating to the production of copper concentrate, a $600m PXF for the refinancing of its existing facility, and the negotiation of commercial trading contracts for both copper concentrate and copper cathodes. The team for these deals included managing associate Adrian Newell, who has extensive experience in trade and commodity financings including PXF and pre-payment deals in the CIS region, ECA-backed deals and borrowing base facilities. The other key partner in the practice is Toby Grimstone, who is a key adviser to major trading house Glencore on complex financing transactions; his recent highlights for this client include the $9.1bn joint sale of a stake in Russian state-owned oil and gas company Rosneft, which involved the unwinding of the financing and credit support arrangements put in place for the original acquisition financing.

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