Pete Coulton advises on a wide range of financing transactions, with a particular focus on leveraged and event-driven financings and restructurings.

Bio

Mr. Coulton represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, corporate borrowers, banks and alternative lenders on complex multijurisdictional financings across all tiers of the capital structure, including senior and second lien facilities, unitranche facilities, holdco PIK facilities, capital call facilities, real estate finance, and distressed financings and workouts.

Mr. Coulton has repeatedly been recognised in leading legal directories, including Chambers, IFLR1000, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal – Banking.

Representative transactions include:

  • Adevinta ASA in connection with the financing of its $9.2 billon acquisition of eBay’s classifieds business;
  • Arrow Global in connection with various financings for its first pan-European NPL Fund, the Arrow Credit Opportunities Fund;
  • Castik Capital in financing:
    • its acquisition of majority stakes in ipan and Delegate; and
    • its acquisition of AddSecure; and AddSecure in financing its subsequent acquisitions of Connexas Group, iZafe, Navkonzept, Stella Safety Phones and Dualtech IT;
  • the Ferrero Group and related investment vehicles in:
    • financing the acquisition of Ferrara Candy Company;
    • financing its $2.8 billion acquisition of Nestlé’s U.S. confectionary assets and related intellectual property;
    • financing the acquisition of Kelsen Group AS from Campbell Soup Company;
    • financing the acquisition of Fox’s Biscuits Limited; and
    • in connection with a €1.5 billion margin loan facility;
  • F.I.L.A. – Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini SpA in financing:
    • its acquisition of Daler-Rowney; and
    • its acquisition of the fine arts business operated by AhlstromMunksjö Group under the ARCHES brand;
  • DH Private Equity Partners in connection with the financing of a number its portfolio companies, including ASCO Group, Zobele, KP1, TMF, Moeller, Equity Trust, Norit, Balta, Tumi, TV3 Ireland and Saft Industries; and in the refinancing of, and exit from, most of these investments;
  • Healthpeak Properties Inc. (formerly HCP, Inc.) in connection with various financings, including the senior debt facilities for Formation Capital’s acquisition of the NHP Group;
  • JAB Holdings in connection with various financings for its portfolio companies;
  • JDE Peets N.V. in connection with a €500 million term loan facility;
  • Silver Lake Partners in connection with the financing of its acquisitions of:
    • Silae SAS, a cloud-based payroll and HR software specialist; and
    • Groupe Meilleurtaux, a leading French online and mobile financial services provider;
  • Citibank Europe plc as mandated lead arranger of the $1.2 billion term loan facility for Qatar Aluminium Limited, the joint venture vehicle of Qatar Petroleum and Norsk Hydro ASA; and
  • several private equity portfolio companies in the restructuring of their debt facilities.

Credentials

Education

  • LL.B., Macquarie University, Sydney, 1997
  • B.A., Macquarie University, Sydney, 1995

Admissions

  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (Australia)