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Francesco Lione

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Francesco Lione, a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins, regularly represents investment banks, private equity firms and corporate clients in a wide array of international financing transactions, including financings of acquisitions and joint-ventures, recapitalizations, bond offerings, bridge facilities, private placements and spin-offs. Mr. Lione also advises investment banks and issuers in connection with liability management transactions, encompassing debt tender and exchange offers, consent solicitations and out-of-court restructurings.

Mr. Lione has counselled clients from a variety of industries in high-yield, cross-over and investment grade debt transactions. These assignments have mostly involved cross-border financings and he has worked with clients based in Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America. His experience also includes representing European companies on cross-border acquisitions as well as corporate and sovereign clients in connection with public offerings of equity securities in the United States.

London: Finance

High yield

Within: High yield

Latham & Watkins¬†attracts praise for its 'depth of experience and strong ability to run complex transactions;¬†if Latham is on a deal - regardless of which side it is acting on - it will get done well'. Across its European offices, the firm handled 90 high yield deals in 2017, with a combined value of more than $70bn. Its eight-partner team is the largest in London and is involved in some of the most complex deals in the market. A good example is Wind Tre's cross-border refinancing, which included the issuance of ‚ā¨7.3bn in senior secured notes. Practice head¬†Brett Cassidy, who¬†is 'probably the most technically capable lawyer in the high yield market', acted for¬†banks including Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC on that deal.¬†Jennifer Engelhardt¬†is 'one of the most well-respected lawyers in high yield - she has encyclopaedic market knowledge, coupled with a collaborative approach that makes you want her on your side'. She acted for Aker BP in a $400m notes offering. The firm's deep bench of talent includes managing partner¬†Richard Trobman;¬†¬†Jocelyn Seitzman, who handled an ¬£855m deal for¬†Madison Dearborn Partners;¬†Francesco Lione, whose clients include Goldman Sachs;¬†Tracy Edmonson, who handled a deal for Wagamama Finance; and¬†Scott Colwell, who represented lead managers in a ‚ā¨5.3bn financing for Bain Capital and Cinven.¬†Jeffrey Lawlis,¬†who works in London and Milan, 'sees some of the most complicated deals in the market and is always able to find a solution'.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

At Latham & Watkins 'the quality is without question' and the mining team is 'outstanding in all cases'. Recent capital markets work includes Francesco Lione 's advice to the initial purchasers - including Goldman Sachs and Santander - on their acquisition on the senior note issuance by Ferroglobe and Globe Specialty Metals, and practice head Craig Nethercott led on a number of financing matters such as Taweelah's financing as borrower of its aluminium extrusion plant in Dubai. Simon Tysoe is 'easy to work with and highly knowledgeable' and another noteworthy contact alongside John Balsdon . Other key clients include Rio Tinto, Ma'aden, ArcelorMittal and Royal Hill.

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