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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Able to tap into a 'very strong bench at both partner and associate level' and also well-placed to handle major cross-border syndicated mandates by virtue of the firm's international network of offices and expertise across the capital structure (including bank and New York-law governed high yield financings), White & Case LLP handles work for an impressive roster of corporates and lenders including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs,  and Iris Software. Christopher Czarnocki has an excellent track record on behalf of corporates and lenders in relation to emerging markets financings; he recently acted for Ghana National Petroleum Corporation on the financing to facilitate a landmark liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification project located in Ghana. The 'pragmatic and commercial' Jeremy Duffy 'can be relied upon to navigate complex transactions'; although best known for his cross-border leveraged finance prowess, also handles general banking and corporate lending work, including his recent representation of Paysafe Group plc on the provision of a $380m TLB financing (to be syndicated in the European and US markets) in support of the acquisition of certain assets of Delta Card Services. Lee Cullinane and Jacqueline Evans are also recommended, while next generation lawyer Sudhir Nair  joined as a partner from Baker McKenzie in late 2018.

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Emerging markets

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Christopher Czarnocki - White & Case LLP

Within: Emerging markets

White & Case LLP has a strong focus on emerging markets, notably the CEE, CIS, Middle East and Africa, and has amassed decades of experience in finance and capital markets transactions. It is involved in some of the most complex projects, energy and natural resources transactions, handling groundbreaking project finance deals in a wide variety of emerging markets. In the oil and gas sector, for example, it handled the multibillion-dollar financing of the Tahrir petrochemical project in Egypt on behalf of sponsor Carbon Holdings, and acted for Ghana National Petroleum Corporation on a landmark LNG regasification project in Tema. Co-head of the firm’s global oil and gas practice Philip Stopford and bank finance specialist Christopher Czarnocki played central roles in those deals. Debt capital markets transactions are a key strand of the firm's work and US securities partner Ian Clark led a highlight deal from 2017 when he advised the Ukraine Ministry of Finance on a $3bn Eurobond offering and a tender offer for its existing notes. Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes and Richard Pogrel, who are 'very accommodating to clients and well aware of their interests and requirements; they give advice that is personal and tailor-made', acted alongside Clark for the Ministry of Finance of Azerbaijan in a $3.2bn debt restructuring transaction. Also in the sovereign debt arena, global head of capital markets Stuart Matty and US-qualified Melissa Butler, who are leading lights in their field, advised Republic of Nigeria on establishing a GMTN programme and $4.5bn in subsequent issuance. Mark Castillo-Bernaus, who is the firm's new head of EMEA projects, is also a key partner in the emerging markets practice.

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Trade finance

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Christopher Czarnocki - White & Case LLP

Within: Trade finance

White & Case LLP has a four-partner team focused on trade finance, which works closely with the firm's project finance practice. Practice head Christopher Czarnocki has a stellar reputation in the trade finance market and is a key point of contact for global financial institutions, ECAs, multi-laterals and corporates. He recently acted for Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) in a landmark LNG regasification project in Tema, Ghana. The deal involved a complex trading arrangement under which a global subsidiary of Gazprom will supply LNG and convert it into gas through the terminal at Tema before selling the converted natural gas to GNPC. Newly promoted banking partner James Hardy is a structured trade and commodity finance specialist who has more than ten years’ experience in advising lenders and borrowers on finance transactions in the commodities sector, predominantly in emerging markets. He plays a key role in the firm's work for Puma Energy and several of the world's leading commodity trading houses. Emerging markets specialist Jason Kerr acted for Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell and Total in a $1bn financing for the development of oilfields under NNPC's oil debt programme. Tom Bartlett advises lenders and borrowers on trade finance transactions and reserve-based lending in sectors such as oil and gas, energy, mining, infrastructure, petrochemicals and telecoms.

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