Roberto L. Reyes Gaskin

Paris
  • 45, rue Saint-Dominique
  • Paris 75007
  • France
 
 

Roberto L. Reyes Gaskin advises issuers and underwriters in a range of debt and equity capital markets transactions, as well as in public company representation and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters.

Dual-qualified in the US and France, Mr. Reyes Gaskin regularly handles complex and precedent-setting transactions both in France and internationally. A former member of the firm’s Milan office, he brings particular experience in capital-raising matters on both sides of the Atlantic involving French, Italian, and other non-US issuers.

Mr. Reyes Gaskin represents a diverse mix of issuers, underwriters, family officers, and alternative capital providers involved in key industries, including:

  • Retail and consumer products
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Gaming
  • Media and entertainment

His practice includes:

  • Debt capital markets transactions, including high yield and investment grade debt
  • Equity capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, and rights issues
  • Liability management, including tender offers, exchange offers, and consent solicitations
  • Direct lending
  • Mergers and acquisitions with a capital markets element
  • Green bonds and sustainable finance
  • Compliance with US and EU securities laws and ESG best practices

Mr. Reyes Gaskin frequently tackles clients’ most intricate and business-critical challenges. His work includes a number of first-ever high yield bond offerings in various jurisdictions, as well as an array of matters involving innovative and bespoke securities products. Drawing on his sophisticated transactional and regulatory knowledge, Mr. Reyes Gaskin also serves leading companies in connection with a range of ESG issues, including sustainable finance matters.

Additionally, Mr. Reyes Gaskin counsels banks, insurers, debt servicers, and payment institutions on financial regulatory matters, including regulatory and ordinary capital offerings. His work includes a variety of standalone and program capital raisings, and ongoing reporting and regulatory capital matters before the Eurosystem and Single Resolution Board.

Mr. Reyes Gaskin serves as a member of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)’s Sustainable Finance Committee.

Mr. Reyes Gaskin’s experience includes advising:

Debt Capital Markets – High Yield
  • J.P. Morgan in connection with the offering of €200 million 6.625% senior secured notes due 2025 by IM Group, the holding company of the Isabel Marant group, the French luxury ready-to-wear brand and portfolio company of Montefiore Investments
  • Evoca, the leading professional coffee machine manufacturer and portfolio company of Lone Star, in connection with the offering of €550 million floating rate senior secured notes due 2026 to refinance existing indebtedness
  • Credit Suisse in connection with the offering for the Guala Closures Group, a manufacturer of precision closures for the wine and spirits industry, of €200 million 9.375% senior notes due 2018 by GCL Holdings and €275 million senior secured floating rate notes due 2019 by Guala Closures, the first direct bond issuance by an unlisted Italian company (Shortlisted for IFLR’s High Yield Deal of the Year)
Debt Capital Markets – Investment Grade
  • Total, a global energy company, in connection with:
    > Annual updates under its €40 billion EMTN program, including drawdowns of €1.5 billion 1.491% guaranteed notes due 2027 and €1.5 billion 1.994% guaranteed notes due 2032
    > Takedowns under its US Securities and Exchange Commission-registered (SEC-registered) shelf, including US$1.2 billion 2.829% guaranteed notes due 2030 and US$1 billion 3.41% guaranteed notes due 2049
    > The issuance of €1 billion deeply subordinated perpetual notes and tender offer for existing perpetual notes
  • Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, a Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company, in connection with the public offering of US$1 billion 4.125% senior notes due 2020 under its SEC-registered shelf
  • LyondellBasell Industries, a multinational chemical company, in connection with the offering of €500 million 0.875% guaranteed notes due 2026 and €500 million 1.625% guaranteed notes due 2031 under its SEC-registered shelf
Equity Capital Markets
  • Atos, a French multinational information technology service and consulting company, in connection with blocktrades of shares of Worldline placed via accelerated bookbuilding totaling €2.6 billion and issuance of €500 million senior unsecured bonds due 2024 exchangeable into shares of Wordline, the Paris-listed payments provider (Named as Global Capital’s Structured Equity Deal of the Year)
  • Shandong Ruyi Technology Group, a Chinese textiles and clothing company, in connection with the €105 million placement of shares representing 6.3% of the share capital of its subsidiary SMCP via an accelerated bookbuilding and two offerings and related buyback of guaranteed senior secured bonds in aggregate amount of €310 million exchangeable into shares of SMCP (Named as Global Capital’s Asian Equity-Linked Deal of the Year)
  • Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian fashion house, in connection with its €378 million initial public offering of shares listed on the Italian Stock Exchange
Liability Management
  • J.P. Morgan as dealer manager in connection with the cash tender off in respect of senior secured notes issued by Haya Real Estate
  • SMCP, a global leader in the accessible luxury market, in connection with a solicitation of consents to holders of its €200 million 5.875% senior secured notes due 2023 related to reporting obligations
  • Credit Suisse in connection with a solicitation of consents and waiver by Guala Closures to holders of its €510 million floating rate senior secured notes due 2021
Direct Lending
  • Tyman, a leading UK-based supplier of engineered door and window components and access solutions to the construction industry, in connection with a consent and amendment in respect of its US$100 million private placement notes
  • Ipsen, a French pharmaceutical company, in connection with its US$300 million private placement notes to refinance the acquisition of Clementia Pharmaceuticals
  • BNP Paribas in connection with the €140 million private placement by Unifrutti Financing, a Cypriot agribusiness active in Italy, Chile, South Africa, and the Philippines
Sustainable Finance
  • Digital Realty Trust, the data center real estate investment trust (REIT), in connection with the offering of €300 million 0.125% guaranteed notes due 2022, €650 million 0.625% guaranteed notes due 2025, and €750 million 1.50% guaranteed notes due 2030
  • Credit Suisse in connection with the issuance of €295 million 5.25% senior secured notes due 2022 and €185 million 7.375% senior subordinated notes by recycling group Paprec, the first green high yield bond in France
  • J.P. Morgan in connection with the issuance of €250 million 5.375% senior notes due 2022 by ENCE Energía y Celulosa, a Spanish cellulose and renewable energy producer
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Advent International, the private equity house, in connection with US securities law aspects related to its €1.9 billion voluntary public tender offer for Douglas Holding, a Frankfurt-listed perfumes and jewelry retailer (Recognized by FT/Mergermarket Private Equity as Deal of the Year)
  • FMC Technologies, a North American company that produced hydrocarbons-related equipment, in connection with its US$13 billion merger of equals with Technip and dual listing on the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris
  • Carlyle and fashion house Moncler in connection with Italy’s first-ever dual-track IPO/M&A process (Shortlisted as IFLR’s Private Equity Deal of the Year)
Financial Institutions / Financial Regulatory
  • iQera/Louvre Bidco, a leading debt servicer and debt purchaser in France and Italy majority-owned by BC Partners, in connection with its offering of €200 million senior secured floating rate notes due 2025
  • AEGON Funding Company in connection with an SEC-registered retail bond public offering of US$925 million 5.10% subordinated notes due 2049 guaranteed by Aegon N.V., the first Solvency II-compliant instrument in the US domestic market
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in connection with financial regulatory aspects of its offering of US$1 billion additional tier 1 capital certificates, the first perpetual additional tier 1 instrument qualified as an Islamic sukuk (Named Islamic Finance’s UAE Deal of the Year and Mudarabah Deal of the Year)
 
 
 
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