James Chesterman

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

James Chesterman is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and has more than 25 years’ experience in European restructuring and workouts, structured and special situations lending, and leveraged finance.

Mr. Chesterman’s clients include both borrowers and lenders across the restructuring, special situations/opportunities, and leveraged finance sectors. They include investment and commercial banks, private equity funds, credit funds, distressed funds, and corporates.

Mr. Chesterman's representative transactions include advising:

  • Schoeller Allibert on its 2017 pan European trade receivables financing arrangements in Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, France, and England
  • Venator Materials plc in its 2017 European ABL revolving credit financing with subsidiaries in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Spain
  • TA Associates in its financing in relation to its shareholding in Inspired
  • Centurion Partners in its asset-based margin loan financing
  • Fine Art Fund in its lending activities secured on works of art
  • Tynagh Energy in its financing arrangements
  • HSBC, Rabobank, ING, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan in connection with the £935 million term loan facilities and £75 million revolving credit facility enabling Yildiz Holding to acquire United Biscuits from private equity funds managed by Blackstone and PAI Partners and the refinancing of that facility
  • Certain bilateral lenders to LivaNova plc
  • Haymarket Financial on its loan facilities to Auto-Teile-Unger (A.T.U) Group, a German car parts retailer, on its emergence from restructuring in 2014
  • Savannah Petroleum in relation to the ongoing potential restructuring and acquisition of Seven Energy
  • Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation in its distressed acquisition of Grosvenor house Hotel and its related financing arrangements
  • The committee of senior lenders in relation to the restructuring of Prezzo
  • Pemberton in its financings to Dorea and Infinigate
  • Lloyds Bank plc as arranger in the senior loan financing to Odeon Cinemas Limited
  • Unicredit, as senior and security agent, in the restructuring of Kloeckner Pentapast, a German plastics manufacturer
  • Barclays Bank PLC as security agent in the restructuring of Four Seasons Healthcare and the related rectification litigation
  • Wilmington Trust as security agent in the restructuring of Niko Resources
  • Albacore in its fund financing facilities
  • HSBC as agent in the €2.38 billion and US$300 million financing for Altan Technologies to acquire Aricent Technologies
  • Macquarie and Nomura in the £403.5 million financing for Jackpotjoy plc
  • Helios Investment Partners on debt aspects of various equity investments
  • Advising the lead arrangers in the €900 million refinancing of Italo – NTV
  • Damovo Group SA, Schoeller Arca Systems, Deutz AG, and other debtors in connection with their debt restructurings
  • The institutional noteholders in the consensual debt restructurings of SMG plc, MyTravel plc, Hagemeyer, Candover Investments plc, and Deceuninck (amongst others)
  • Certain debt holders in the restructurings of Chorion, Vantico, Primacom, Cablecom, Inspired Gaming, BST Safety Textiles, Consolis, and Danaos Corporation
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