Slaughters in high-yield coup

Slaughter and May and Shearman & Sterling have just completed roles on one of the largest ever European high-yield bond issues.

Petrochemicals business Ineos issued around EUR2.5bn of high yield bonds to refinance a funding package that helped it to acquire BP subsidiary Innovene in October 2005.

Ineos paid $9bn for Innovene and the deal will quadruple the company’s turnover and was one of the world’s largest leveraged buyouts.

Slaughter and May acted for Ineos led by banking partner Andrew Johnson.

Shearman & Sterling advised underwriters Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch led by London capital markets partner David Beveridge.