Jennifer Brennan is Co-Chair of the London Finance Department and a partner in the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice.
Ms. Brennan has extensive experience advising the full range of stakeholders across the capital structure, including asset managers, hedge funds, alternative capital providers, banks, private equity sponsors and corporates, on restructuring, special situations and finance transactions.
Ms. Brennan is particularly focused on managing large-scale, multi-jurisdictional transactions and matters requiring the navigation of diverse stakeholder interests to achieve commercial solutions. The implementation of such transactions have been through a variety of means and processes, including UK schemes of arrangement, UK company voluntary arrangements, US Chapter 15, Spanish homologation, Canadian CCAA process, pre-packaged administration, security enforcement and French mandat ad hoc and conciliation, and have at times involved the injection of new financing to both bridge liquidity and to support the new capital structure.
Ms. Brennan has experience in a range of sectors including retail, automotive, chemicals, energy and renewables, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, logistics, gaming, and telecommunications.
Ms. Brennan's representative transactions include advising:
- 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 creditors in relation to Doncasters Group, the UK-headquartered international manufacturer of high-precision alloy components on its c. £620 million debt capital structure
- The committee of senior secured bondholders in relation to New Look, the UK-headquartered national fashion retailer, including the Company 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
- 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
- The exit ABL provider in connection with a new ABL facility to Michigan-based supply chain and logistics company Syncreon as part of the restructuring of the Syncreon group through English schemes of arrangement subsequently recognised by the Canadian court under the Canadian Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and US court under a US Chapter 15 process
- The ad hoc creditor committee on the c. €450 million debt and equity restructuring of the French-headquartered trucks leasing business, Fraikin Group
- An existing shareholder of Toshiba Corporation with respect to the US$5.4 billion share issue by Toshiba Corporation for the purpose of avoiding a delisting from the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the potential acquisition of claims against certain of its subsidiaries
- Certain bondholders on the restructuring of Oi S.A. (a Brazilian telecoms group), and associated subsidiaries
- The coordinating committee of lenders on the c. £2.3 billion restructuring of hibu (formerly Yell), a US, UK, and Spanish directories business, named Global Finance Deal of the Year – Restructuring & Insolvency in The American Lawyer’s Global Legal Awards 2014
- The lenders in relation to the c. €400 million debt-to-equity restructuring of Marken, a global specialist logistics business
- Triton in respect of its acquisition and refinancing of the Kährs group, a wood flooring manufacturer and retailer, via a “loan to own” consensual restructuring
- GSO Capital relating to the public-to-private of Saferoad, the Nordic and European road equipment and infrastructure business and ongoing corporate reorganisations post-acquisition
- The mezzanine lender in connection with the c. €160 million financing for Diaverum Group, UK healthcare provider
- A key stakeholder on the c. €1.3 billion super senior revolving credit facility, senior secured and second lien bonds, and mezzanine facility financing of Perstorp AB, a Swedish chemicals business
- The unitranche lender on the US$245 million financing of the Lumenis Group, an Israeli medical lasers business
- The shareholders in the post-restructuring merger of Van Gansewinkel Groep, a Benelux waste management business, with Shanks Group plc
- The super senior RCF arrangers and underwriters with respect to the ssRCF and high yield bond financing of CVC’s acquisition of Sisal Group, an Italian online gaming company
- Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and the Acorn Care and Education group, a UK provider of specialist professional care, fostering services and education to children and young people with learning difficulties, on the c. £136 million refinancing of its existing facilities with new senior and second lien facilities
- The lenders on the unitranche and super senior revolving and capex facilities supporting CBPE Capital’s acquisition of the Anesco group, a UK-based energy efficiency solutions provider
- The lenders on the unitranche and super senior revolving facilities supporting the acquisition of the Agilisys group