M. Ryan Benedict

  • Partner
  • Eryan.benedict@lw.com
  • Corso Matteotti, 22
  • 20121 Milan
  • Italy
  • T +39.02.3046.2035
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  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
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Profile

Ryan Benedict is a partner in the London and Milan offices of Latham & Watkins. He advises on equity and debt capital markets, corporate finance, securities regulation, and company representation.

Mr. Benedict has considerable experience representing issuers and underwriters in both debt and equity capital markets transactions, tender offers, and liability management transactions. Mr. Benedict is well placed to assist both issuers and underwriters with the preparation and execution of their international securities transactions.

Prior to his arrival in Europe in 2007, Mr. Benedict worked in New York, where he advised on corporate and structured finance, derivatives, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, and international corporate law.

Experience

Mr. Benedict's representative transactions include advising:

Debt Capital Markets
  • The Initial Purchasers in connection with  Mytilineos Financial Partners S.A.’s 2.5% Senior Notes due 2024.
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with a high yield offering (Rule 144A/Reg. S) by AS Roma Football Club of €275 million aggregate principal amount of 5.125% Senior Secured Notes due 2024.
  • Eni S.p.A. in the issuance on the US market of:
    • A fixed rate bond with a 10 year maturity for a total principal amount of US$1 billion.
    • A dual tranche fixed rate bond with maturities of 5 and 10 years for a total principal amount of US$2 billion.
  •  Unicredit S.p.A. in the issuance on the US market of: 
    • A US$1.5 billion Tier 2 Instrument as part of its US global MTN Program.
    • US$3 billion Senior Non-Preferred Notes due 2023 as part of its US global Medium Term Note Program.
    • US$1.25 billion 3.750% Notes due 2022 and US$750 million 4.625% Notes due 2027, for an aggregate value of US$ 2 billion. The Notes represent the inaugural  transaction under the newly established US$30 billion global MTN Program.
    • US$1 billion Tier 2 instrument with an innovative callable structure. The Notes represent the first subordinated transaction under the newly established US$30 billion global MTN Program.
  • The Joint Bookrunners in the high yield issuance of €225 million Floating Rate Notes due 2023 listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange by Gamenet Group S.p.A.. The proceeds of the issuance were used to finance the acquisition of 100% of GoldBet S.r.l.
  • The Initial Purchasers, in the high yield issuance of €7.3 billion (equivalent) Senior Secured Notes, in a combination of euro-denominated Fixed and Floating Rate Notes and dollar-denominated Fixed and Floating Rate Notes by Wind Tre S.p.A., a company created through the JV between Wind Telecomunicazioni and 3 Italia by CK Hutchison.  
Equity Capital Markets
  • On recent accelerated book-build equity transactions and UK cash box financings in 2020 for Hays plc (€200 million), Assura plc (€185 million), JD Wetherspoon plc (£141 million), Polypipe Group plc (£120 million), Diversified Gas & Oil plc (US$86 million), IWG plc (£320 million), Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc (£133.4 million), SIG plc (€165 million), The Unite Group plc (£300 million), Taylor Wimpey plc (£522 million), Aston Martin Lagonda plc (£152 million), and Zealand Pharma (DKK657.7 million).
  • Sanlorenzo S.p.A. in connection with its Initial Public Offering and listing on the STAR segment of the MTA of Borsa Italiana.
  • The Joint Global Coordinators and the Joint Bookrunners in connection with the €2 billion (plus up to €302 million greenshoe) initial public offering of leading Italian paytech company, Nexi S.p.A., on Borsa Italiana.
  • Solarpack in connection with its €100 million Initial Public Offering on the Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, and Valencia Stock Exchanges (Spanish Stock Exchanges).
  • Piovan S.p.A. in connection with its €156 million Global Initial Public Offering listed on the Mercato Telematico Azionario, organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.
  • The Joint Global Coordinators in connection with the creation of SPAXS, the first Italian SPAC, promoted by Corrado Passera and Andrea Clamer, to manage a vehicle operating in the banking and financial industry, which is going to be listed on AIM Italia. Spaxs is the first SPAC in Italy with a specific focus on the financial sector and it aims at financing Italian SMEs as well as entering the Italian NPL market.
  • The Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Initial Public Offering of ordinary shares of Gamenet Group S.p.A. on the Mercato Telematico Azionario, organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.
  • Unieuro S.p.A., an Italian consumer electronics retail chain, in connection with its Initial Public Offering listed on the STAR segment of the Mercato Telematico Azionario, organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.
  • OVS S.p.A., a leading Italian apparel, household items, fragrances, and toys retailer, in its €414 million Initial Public Offering listed on the Mercato Telematico Azionario, organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.
  • The Joint Global Coordinators and the Joint Bookrunners in connection with Fincantieri’s €351 million Initial Public Offering listed on the Mercato Telematico Azionario, organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.. This is the first IPO by a state-owned company.
  • Moncler S.p.A., the Italian designer of luxury winter jackets, in connection with its €681.3 million Initial Public Offering (Rule 144A/Reg. S) listed on on the Mercato Telematico Azionario, organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A. 
  • J.P. Morgan and BNP Paribas in a series of debt offerings and liability management transactions as well as an SEC-registered offering of rights for share warrants and pay-in-kind notes involving Central European Media Enterprise (CME), including issuances of €104 million of 11.625% Senior Notes due 2016 by CME and €70 million 9.0% Senior Secured notes due 2017 by CET 21, a subsidiary of CME, and tender offers for and consent solicitations and repurchases by CME of certain of its existing convertible and high yield bonds.
  • Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A., in connection with its €378.9 million Global Initial Public Offering (Rule 144A/Reg. S) listed on the Mercato Telematico Azionario, organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.
  • The Joint Global Coordinators, J.P. Morgan, Banca IMI, and Mediobanca, in connection with the €8 billion capital increase and rights offering by Enel S.p.A. 

Thought Leadership

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Italian High Yield Issuers -  April 20, 2020
  • FCA Proposes New Rules on Climate-Related Disclosures by Listed Issuers -  March 12, 2020
  • PRIIPs and Corporate Bonds — Clarity at Last? -  October 31, 2019
  • We’ve Got You Covered: New European Covered Bond Framework -  April 22, 2019
  • Destination Italy Decree – New Legislative Measures to Encourage Debt Capital Markets Transactions -  February 24, 2014
  • Nuove misure per favorire la raccolta di finanziamenti tramite emissioni obbligazionarie – Conversione in legge del Decreto Destinazione Italia -  February 24, 2014
  • New Italian Law Decree to Open Bond Market for Italian Private Companies -  June 20, 2012
  • Societa di Piazza Affari, attente ai vostri Adr -  April 24, 2009
  • MiFID Guidance: Italian Securities Regulator Outlines Duties of Intermediaries to Retail Buyers of Derivatives and Illiquid Securities -  April 1, 2009
Clients single out his "ability to deliver excellent quality work in very little time."Chambers Global 2020
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
  • New York
Education
  • JD, Boston University School of Law, 2004
  • BA, University of Washington, 2000
    cum laude, with Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa
Industries
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Retail & Consumer Products
Languages
  • Italian
Practices
  • Public Company Representation
  • Private Equity
  • Capital Markets
  • Latin America Practice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Derivatives