Adam Freeman > Linklaters LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Linklaters LLP

Work Department

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).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Acquisition finance

(Leading individuals)

Adam FreemanLinklaters LLP

With 31 banking partners based in London – many of whom have a significant focus on acquisition finance matters – as well as being able to leverage the firm’s broad-ranging international footprint, Linklaters LLP has the critical mass and geographical diversity to handle a significant volume of mandates for a balanced array of banks, private equity sponsors, credit funds and corporates. ‘At the vanguard of market evolution’, the team is trusted by market participants to advise on the largest leveraged loans in Europe implementing covenant-lite terms, and has also been active on a spate of deals which have tapped into the European Term Loan B market. As well as work for private equity sponsors, the team regularly advises corporates on the financings to facilitate M&A transactions, including for Takeda Pharmaceutical Company on its acquisition bridge facility in connection with the acquisition of Shire Plc. The ‘very strong‘ Adam Freeman heads up the leveraged finance sub-group and is a key member of the team that also includes Nick Syson and Annette Kurdian, who both regularly advise large investment banks on big-ticket cross-border leveraged deals, and in the case of Kurdian has successfully built up a significant roster of alternative credit providers.