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James Burnett is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the firm’s corporate department. His practice includes representing investment banking firms, private equity firms, and companies in public and private debt and equity offerings, bridge loans, acquisition financing and liability management transactions, with a particular emphasis on issuances of high yield debt securities and leveraged transactions.

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London > Finance > High yield

Latham & Watkins has the largest high-yield practice in London and is seen by many as ‘the gold standard for high-yield deals’. The group is versatile in that it can handle high-yield bonds, whether under European or US law, or institutional term loans that use similar covenant packages. Acting mainly for banks, though also for issuers, the practice is twice the size of any other high-yield team in the City. As well as leading the market in volume, the firm is also involved in cutting-edge deals for investment banks, private equity sponsors and corporates across a range of industries. It has recently worked on hybrid products, regulatory limitations, and numerous public-to-private (P2P) transactions such as R12 Kapital AB’s takeover of Oriflame Holdings AG. Its work covers a wide range of industry sectors including distressed debt, financial institutions, telecoms, retail, energy and natural resources, chemicals, infrastructure, real estate, care homes and the food industry. Brett Cassidy leads a practice that has a deep bench of outstanding practitioners, among them Jocelyn SeitzmanScott Colwell, Jennifer Engelhardt, Francesco Lione, James Burnett and up-and-coming partners Matthew Schneider and Fritz Ernemann.