Sam Hamilton

  • Partner
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.1124


Sam Hamilton is a partner in the Finance Department of Latham & Watkins' London office and is a member of the Banking Practice.

Mr. Hamilton is the former Chair of the firm's London Finance Department.

He has experience working at all levels of finance capital structures, including senior debt, mezzanine debt, unitranche debt, first/second lien financings, PIK debt, vendor loans, dividend recapitalizations, asset-backed loans, bridge facilities, high-yield bonds, and restructurings.

Mr. Hamilton is one of the most active finance partners in the London market with involvement in a significant number of market-leading transactions.


Mr Hamilton’s recent experience includes advising on the following:      

  • The refinancing of Unilabs, a Geneva-based diagnostics company, involving a €710 million Term Loan B Facility, a €125 million Revolving Credit Facility, and €125 million Second Lien PIK Toggle Notes (for Nordic Capital and Apax, 2016)
  • Representation of Nordic Capital in connection with the financing of its acquisition of Sunrise Medical and the Handicare mobility business, on a deal that saw the first European LMA loan agreement to be completed with New York law-governed covenants
  • The US$2 billion cross-border post-IPO financing of Convatec, a global medical products and technologies company
  • The US$4 billion acquisition of Convatec and its subsequent re-financings including its current capital structure of Credit Facilities of US$1.05 billion and €550 million, Secured Notes of €300 million, Senior Notes of US$745 million and €250 million, and PIK Notes of US$900 million, for Nordic Capital and Avista Capital Partners (this was one of the first "transatlantic" financings, and to date is one of the largest and most complex; 2008-2014)
  • Representation of Nordic Capital in relation to the financing for its US$3.2 billion acquisition of Lindorff Group AB, a leading pan-European credit management services provider (one of the largest acquisition financings in Europe in 2014)
  • The private High Yield Facility backing BC Partners’ US$4.4 billion acquisition of Springer Science + Business Media GmbH (the largest private equity deal in Europe in 2013)
  • The creation of the European Senior Secured Loan Programme, a €2.2 billion joint venture between GE Corporate Finance Bank and Ares Capital Europe, providing “unitranche” private debt facilities in the European mid-market (for Ares Capital Europe; 2012-2014)
  • The refinancing of Unilabs, a Swedish/Swiss diagnostics company, involving €485 million Senior Secured Notes, €200 million PIK Toggle Notes, and a €125 million Super Senior Revolving Credit Facility (for Nordic Capital; 2013)

Thought Leadership

  • IFLR Cross-border Financing Report 2018 - UK -  October 18, 2018
  • The Continued Migration of US Covenant-Lite Structures into the European Leveraged Loan Market -  April 26, 2016
  • IFLR - Cross Border Financing Report 2015, UK -  November 05, 2015
  • US Trends Affecting the European Leveraged Loan Market -  July 9, 2015

Mr. Hamilton "is one of the brightest lights in sponsor-side finance, providing cutting-edge advice and winning his clients the very best terms in the market. He has excellent technical skills combined with detailed knowledge. He can translate legal advice in a way that is understood by non-lawyers.“ 

Chambers UK 2021
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • LLM, Australian National University, 1997
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Dundee, 1995
  • LLB, University of Dundee, 1994
  • Financial Institutions
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Technology
  • Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Australia Practice
  • Restructuring & Special Situations
  • Nordic Practice
  • Private Equity Finance