Maria Holzhammer is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Finance Department.

Ms. Holzhammer has experience acting for various stakeholders including private equity sponsors, corporations, and financial institutions on a range of domestic and cross-border finance transactions and has advised on restructuring matters, bilateral and syndicated financings and re-financings, asset and acquisition financings, and a range of capital market transactions including liability management matters.

Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Holzhammer trained and practiced in the London and Tokyo offices of two other international law firms where she gained experience across a range of finance practice areas including banking, restructuring, structured finance, equity debt markets, and project finance.

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Ms. Holzhammer's experience includes advising:

  • Löwenplay, the German casino operator, on its debt for equity swap implemented via an English scheme of arrangement
  • The committee of noteholders in connection with the c. €430 million restructuring of Haya Real Estate, the largest Spanish real estate servicing company and the largest bank-independent third-party servicer of real estate developer loans (REDs) and real estate owned assets (REOs) in Spain
  • Bain Capital Credit on its investment in Alsea, the leading operator of quick service restaurants, coffee shops, casual and family dining establishments in Latin America and Europe
  • The senior creditors committee in relation to the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and subsequent c. £740 million debt and equity restructuring via the new UK ‘restructuring plan’ regime, of PizzaExpress, the UK and international casual dining group  
  • The creditors committee in relation to the €1.9 billion debt and equity restructuring of Selecta, a Swiss-headquartered pan-European coffee and vending machine business
  • Survitec Group, the UK-headquartered and global safety and survival equipment business, in relation to its corporate and financing representation and £450 million debt and equity restructuring
  • The ad hoc committee in relation to the restructuring of Deoleo, S.A., a Spanish headquartered and global olive oil production and distribution business, involving a Spanish homologacion process, partial debt for equity swap, new rights issue, and complex intra-group reorganisation with business and asset hive down
  • The committee of senior secured bondholders in relation to New Look, the UK-headquartered national fashion retailer, including the Corporate Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) of its store portfolio and a restructuring of its c. £1.35 billion debt capital structure via the injection of interim financing, public debt exchange, debt-for-equity swap, and new high yield bond issuance
  • Thomas Cook, a global travel business, during its compulsory liquidation, in relation to its restructuring, refinancing, and the preparation of a scheme of arrangement to allow the implementation of a debt-for-equity swap
  • A group of senior lenders in relation to FläktGroup, the German-headquartered global manufacturer of indoor air technology and management systems on its c. €390 million debt capital structure
  • A lead investor in connection with the restructuring of General Healthcare Group’s (operating as BMI Healthcare) c. £2 billion opco/propco capital structure, Britain’s largest private healthcare group
  • GSO Capital in relation to the public-to-private of Saferoad, the Nordic and European road equipment and infrastructure business, and ongoing corporate reorganisations post-acquisition
  • The ad hoc creditor committee on the approximately €450 million debt and equity restructuring of the French-headquartered trucks leasing business, Fraikin Group*
  • The committee of secured creditors on the approximately €900 million debt and equity restructuring of Van Gansewinkel Groep, a Benelux waste management business*
  • The unitranche lender on the €70.5 million unitranche and acquisition facilities financing of Ambuiberica, a Spanish and Latin American ambulance operator business*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • New York

Education

  • LPC, University of Law, London Moorgate, 2015
  • Bachelor of Laws, University College London, 2014

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Chinese (Cantonese)