Aaron E. Franklin

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA
 
 

Aaron Franklin is an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, a member of the firm’s Capital Markets Practice, and the firm’s global coordinator for sustainable capital markets.

In addition to representing Latham on the Green Bond Principles Advisory Council, Mr. Franklin advises on the sustainable finance features of green, sustainable and social bonds and other finance products throughout the firm to ensure consistent application of best practices and develop a global perspective on market trends. Mr. Franklin is a member of the City of London Green Finance Initiative Working Group on Data, Disclosure and Risk Legal Sub-Working Group.

Sustainable Finance Transactions

Mr. Franklin’s representative sustainable finance transactions include advising:

  • HSBC as initial purchaser in connection with the issuance by Ellaktor of €600 million in Senior Notes issued as green bonds (2019)
  • Citi as initial purchaser in connection with the issuance by Clearway Energy of US$600 million in Senior Notes issued as green bonds (2019)
  • Apple in connection with their offering of €2 billion in Senior Notes issued as green bonds (2019)
  • JP Morgan as initial purchaser in connection with the issuance by Enel of the first bond offering with a margin linked to UN Sustainable Development Goal targets (2019)
  • Host Hotels & Resorts, L.P. in connection with their offering of 3.375% Senior Notes due 2029 issued as green bonds (2019)
  • BayWa in connection with their offering of €500 million Senior Notes due 2024 issued as green bonds (2019)
  • The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development in their guarantee of the Blue Bonds issued by the Government of Seychelles (2018)
  • Tianjin Rail Transit in connection with their offering of €400 million 1.625% Guaranteed Bonds due 2022 issued as green bonds (2018)
Other Experience

Mr. Franklin’s representative transactions include advising:

  • William Lyon Homes in connection with its offering of US$300 million 6.625% Senior Notes due 2027 (2019)
  • Vista Global Holdings in connection with the offering by its subsidiaries of US$550 million 10.5% Senior Notes due 2024 (2019)
  • Bain Capital in their financing of the acquisition of Italmatch Chemicals, including €410 million Floating Rate Notes due 2024 (2018)
  • Leonard Green & Partners in their financing of the acquisition of the Pure Gym Group, including £360 million 6.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 (2018)
  • JP Morgan as initial purchaser in connection with the issuance by McLaren of £370 million 5% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 and US$250 million 5.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (2017)
  • Citi, Standard Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank as initial purchasers in connection with the issuance by Liquid Telecom of US$550 million 8.5% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (2017)
  • Credit Suisse as initial purchaser in connection with the offering by Together Money of £200 million 6.125% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 (2017)
  • Goldman Sachs as initial purchaser in connection with the offering by Ferroglobe of US$350 million 9.375% Senior Notes due 2022 (2017)
  • Citi, Goldman Sachs, and Standard Chartered as initial purchasers in connection with the offering by IHS Towers of US$800 million 9.5% Senior Notes due 2021 (2016)
Thought Leadership

Mr. Franklin has authored and contributed to numerous articles and commentaries in respect of green bonds and sustainable capital markets, including publishing in in Practical Law Company, International Financial Law Review, International Financing Review, and Environmental Finance magazine.

 
  • Bar Qualification
    • New York
    Education
    • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2010
      Magna cum laude and order of the coif
    • BS, Cornell University, 2005
      (International Development) Magna cum laude
  • Practices
  • Industries
 
 
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