Debt Capital Markets

The Practice

Our Debt Capital Markets Group advises on a wide variety of debt capital markets and other structured finance transactions, working closely with experts in our Asset Management, Lending, Regulatory and Tax teams. Our specialist debt listing team acts as listing agent in respect of a wide variety of debt products on the Irish Stock Exchange.

The combined strength of our Tax and Debt Capital Markets groups has given us a significant edge in the international debt capital markets. In this regard, we continue to be by far the leading advisor on Russian LPN issues using Irish special purpose vehicles, whilst also advising on Russian securitisation transactions and ECP programmes.

The Debt Capital Markets Group is an integral part of our Finance Department. The Finance Department at Arthur Cox is the largest of its kind in Ireland and is constantly at the forefront of developments in finance law and practice. Our practice revolves around four key areas, including asset management and investment funds, banking and other lending transactions, debt capital markets/structured finance and financial regulation. Our finance team is made up of lawyers who are experts in all of these areas. We pride ourselves in offering clients a joined up and integrated approach across practice areas and we excel at advising on transactions which require advice in a number of areas of finance and other areas of law.

We have a specialist business dedicated to advising clients on the listing of debt securities on the Irish Stock Exchange. Arthur Cox Listing Service (ACLS) has been tremendously successful and Director of Listings Helen Berrill (ex Irish Stock Exchange) heads up the listing team. Clients benefit from the one-stop shop offered by our Listings and Capital Markets Groups. ACLS advises European, US and Russian clients on the listing of a wide range of debt products including high yield debt, MTN programmes, CDOs, CLOs, securitisation, US shelf programmes and exchange offers. ACLS listed the first Islamic Finance programme on the Irish Stock Exchange. ACLS, in combination with lawyers from the Capital Markets Group, also advises on the application of the Prospectus Directive, Market Abuse Directive and Transparency Directive from a listing perspective.

We also work closely with our Financial Regulation Group when advising issuers, banks, financial institutions and other businesses on Irish regulatory and compliance issues. We have particular experience in advising clients on market abuse and related issues, regulatory capital treatment of securities and transactions and issues relating to the conduct of investment business in Ireland.

Our Structured Finance and Securitisation Group also advises on a wide range of structured finance and securitisation transactions.

Experience

Our Debt Capital Markets Group is constantly involved in ground-breaking and award-winning transactions. Some of the recent transactions in which the group has been involved include:

  • Advising on numerous post-crisis CLO 2.0 transactions, including the first Irish CLO since the financial crisis, for the following collateral managers: Apollo Credit Management (CLO), LLC; AXA Investment Managers; Blackstone/GSO Debt Funds Management Europe Limited; CELF Advisors LLP (a Carlyle entity); Chenavari Credit Partners LLP; GLG Partners and KKR Credit Advisors
  • Advising eir on its first high yield bond transaction in 2013 and subsequent refinancing in 2016
  • Advising the dealers on all of Ireland’s sovereign syndicated bonds since 2007
  • Advising issuers and arrangers and trustees of Irish residential mortgage securitisation including Lone Star, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley
  • Advising CRH on its US and Euro debt programmes and all subsequent issuances
  • Advising on repackaging programmes for leading investment banks such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Agricole, Goldman Sachs (London and New York), Citibank, RBS, Morgan Stanley (London and New York) and MUFG
  • Advising on over 180 Russian LPN, ECP and securitisation structures since 2005
  • Advising Barclays Capital as arranger of mortgage covered securities programmes for Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland and JP Morgan as arranger of EBS‘s mortgage covered securities programme, and numerous trades under these programmes
  • Advising financiers of loan portfolios including JP Morgan, Citi, and Morgan Stanley