Finance deals round-up

Clifford Chance advised MBNA Europe Bank in structuring and executing the first reverse enquiry-driven trade through a newly-established delinked securitisation platform. The issue was a single class of £250m ‘Class A’ floating rate notes. Securitisation partner Debashis Dey led the team, which included assistant Martin Wong and tax partners Stephen Shea and Etienne Wong. Sidley Austin Brown & Wood (Richard Hughes) advised the dealer’s counsel.

Linklaters (Dean Lockhart) advised JPMorgan Securities
as sole bookrunner and global coordinator of Wockhardt’s $110m (£59.3m) zero coupon convertible bond issue, the first Indian convertible bond to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) under new HKSE listing guidelines. Desai & Diwanji was Indian counsel to the issuer.

Macfarlanes advised Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on its financing of the £50m acquisition of event management company Clarion Events from Earls Court & Olympia and mezzanine lender Indigo Capital. The Macfarlanes team for RBS was led by Julian Howard and for Indigo by Bronwen Jones. Sponsor HG Capital was advised by Lovells (Paul Mullen, Deborah Sawers). The management team was advised by Simmons & Simmons (Katy Sim).

Bingham McCutchen (James Roome, Sarah Coucher) advised the facilities agent and steering committee of the junior term lenders of Queens Moat Houses following the acquisition of all the junior term debt. Queens Moat Houses was advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Ken Baird), the mortgage debenture stockholders by Denton Wilde Sapte (Mark Andrews) and Goldman Sachs by Cadwalader Wickerham & Taft (Andrew Wilkinson).