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


Mr. Coulton represents private equity sponsors, banks and alternative lenders on complex multijurisdictional financings, including traditional senior and mezzanine debt facilities, term loan B and unitranche facilities, high-yield bonds, real estate finance, distressed financings and strategic workouts.

Mr. Coulton has been recognised repeatedly as a top lawyer in leading legal directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers UK, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal – Banking.

Representative transactions include:

  • Doughty Hanson in connection with the financing of the acquisition of a number of portfolio companies, including ASCO Group, Avanza, Equity Trust, Eurofiber, TMF, Norit Industries, KP1, TV3, Moeller, Tumi, Balta Industries and Saft;
  • Reichhold, Inc. in connection with a €625 million “unitranche” facility for the financing of its business combination with Polynt Group;
  • Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini S.p.A. in connection with the financing of its acquisition of U.K.-based Daler-Rowney;
  • TMF Group Holding B.V. in connection with its €405 million floating rate senior secured notes, €175 million fixed-rate senior notes and €70 million super senior revolving credit facility;
  • Permira Funds in the financing aspects of its US$2.8 billion sale of its portfolio company Iglo Foods Holdings Limited to Nomad Holdings Limited;
  • HCP, Inc. as arranger of the debt facilities for a vehicle backed by Formation Capital, Safanad and Court Cavendish to finance the £478 million acquisition of the NHP Group (an owner of a portfolio of 289 care homes across the U.K.);
  • Altimo Holdings & Investments Ltd. in connection with the financing aspects of its tender offer for an approximately 49 percent stake in Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E.;
  • Avanza Grupo SA in connection with the refinancing of its existing indebtedness, which included the issuance of €315 million fixed-rate senior secured high-yield bonds and €175 million fixed-rate senior high-yield bonds in conjunction with the establishment of a super senior revolving credit facility of up to €50 million;
  • several private equity portfolio companies in the restructuring of their debt facilities; and
  • UCB in the financing of its bid for Schwarz Pharma AG.



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


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