CC, Dewey and Freshfields lead cast list on EMI pre-pack

Clifford Chance, Dewey & LeBoeuf and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have all taken high-profile roles on the sale of troubled music group EMI to Citibank.

The group, owned by private equity house Terra Firma, has been sold as part of a pre-pack administration to the bank. Citibank  now owns the entire £2.2bn share capital of EMI’s holding company Maltby Acquisitions Limited (MAL). The company’s debt was reduced from £3.4bn to £1.2bn with a further £1bn worth of shareholder debt written off.

The sale is thought to be one of the most valuable pre-pack administrations ever.

Clifford Chance and Dewey acted for Citibank on the debt restructuring negotiations as lender and security agent respectively. Restructuring and insolvency partner Adrian Cohen and corporate partner Daniel Kossoff led for Clifford Chance while the Dewey team was fronted by bank and institutional finance group co-head Bruce Johnston.

Johnston said: “This is a major chapter in the course of EMI’s story and we’ll work with Citibank on the best solution to the business’ future and their assets in the group.”

Freshfields advised Maltby and the EMI Group throughout the process, which also saw parent company Maltby Investments Limited (MIL) enter administration.

Restructuring partner Richard Tett led the deal for the magic circle firm. The team also featured tax partner Sarah Falk, corporate partner Martin Nelson-Jones and finance partner Martin Hutchins.

Hogan Lovells acted for administrators Peter Spratt and Tony Lomas of PricewaterhouseCooper. The Hogan Lovells team was led by partners Alexander Wood and Deborah Gregory out of its London restructuring group.

SNR Denton head of restructuring Mark Andrews and restructuring and insolvency partner Neil Griffiths acted for the directors of Maltby.