Fernando Colomina is an associate in the Madrid office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the banking practice and the restructuring, insolvency and workouts Practice. He has over a decade of experience advising banks, other financial institutions, and corporate borrowers and issuers in relation to a wide range of banking, finance, refinancing and restructuring transactions, including cross-border acquisition finance, general bank lending and high-yield debt offerings. He holds a BA in law and a master’s degree in stock exchange and financial markets from the Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, he worked in the Madrid offices of two premier global law firms. He has lectured on banking and restructuring law at Universidad Pontificia ICADE and frequently speaks at institutions such as Capital & Corporate.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered all aspects of life. The acquisition and leverage finance industry has been no exception. M&A activity has slowed down, and hence the leverage financing activity as well. Having said that, there are clearly some defensive industries that have shown resilience to the present crisis (pharma, bio sanitary, food and TMT, for instance).