Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and the like. It can also cut across legal disciplines, at times requiring the specialised expertise of merger and acquisition lawyers, bank finance lawyers, securities lawyers, tax lawyers, property lawyers, pension lawyers, intellectual property lawyers and environmental lawyers, among others. An additional area of complexity and interest at the moment comes out of market forces that are driving convergence in the large cap leveraged financings between loan and high-yield bond products generally, as well as between different markets (particularly pressure on markets outside the United States to conform to terms available in the US market but sometimes also vice versa), and in some cases the market is still debating whether to adjust for differences in bankruptcy, guarantee or security regimes.
The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review is intended to serve as a starting point in considering structuring and other issues in acquisition and leveraged finance, both generally but also particularly in cases where more than just an understanding of the reader’s own jurisdiction is necessary. The philosophy behind the sub-topics it covers has been to try to answer those questions that come up most commonly at the start of a finance transaction and, having read the contributions, I can say that I wish that I had had this book available to me at many times during my practice in the past, and that I will turn to it regularly in the future.
Many thanks go to the expert contributors who have given so much of their time and expertise to make this book a success: to Nick Barette and Gideon Roberton at Law Business Research for their efficiency and good humour, and for making this book a reality; and to the partners, associates and staff at Latham & Watkins, present and past, with whom it is a privilege to work. I should also single out Sindhoo Vinod, Aymen Mahmoud, Angela Pierre and Oliver Browne for particular thanks – their reviews of my own draft chapters were both merciless and useful.
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