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Simon Baum

Gunnercooke LLP

Location London

About Simon

Simon is a talented finance lawyer and has worked for the last 15 years in the banking practices of two leading international law firms. Before joining Gunnercooke, Simon was a partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and prior to that he served as a consultant to Allen & Overy LLP (2007 – 2013), after spending four years as an associate there.

He has extensive experience in a wide range of banking and finance transactions worldwide, including Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He specialises in advising on financings across a number of asset classes including real estate, securities based lending and oil & gas. He also has expertise acting on project financings, secondary market transactions, distressed debt and corporate restructurings.

Simon enjoys working for a broad range of clients, including lenders (banks, funds and alternative credit providers) and borrowers, from global corporations and financial institutions to high net worth individuals. He has extensive experience of advising on financings across a number of asset classes including real estate, securities based lending and oil & gas.

Simon’s recent financing mandates include:


Margin Lending

  • Delek Energy Systems Ltd. on their US$100m margin financing provided by a leading global investment bank;
  • a leading global investment bank on more than forty margin loans to ultra-high net worth individuals; and
  • a leading global investment bank on a US$150m margin loan to an international energy company.

Project Finance and Oil & Gas Financings

  • the sponsors on the US$900m financing of the development of the Tamar gas field;
  • the European Investment Bank and the commercial lenders on the Sorek desalination project financing;
  • the sponsors on the US$500m financing of the development of the Leviathan gas field; and
  • KFW IPEX-Bank GmbH and Bayerische Landesbank on the Tel Aviv light rail project.

Real Estate Financings

  • an international bank on a hotel acquisition facility;
  • a leading European real estate fund on the acquisition of a distressed residential portfolio; and

Restructuring

  • Merrill Lynch International Bank on €137m refinancing of existing facilities made available to Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d., Ljubljana;
  • Citibank N.A., in relation to the debt restructuring of Songbird Finance Limited; and
  • The banking syndicate on the restructuring of the Pearl Group.

General Lending

  • Unicredito Italiano SPA on a US$100m Acquisition Financing;
  • the Borrower on a US$150m Bridge Financing provided by UBS AG, London Branch; and
  • Goldman Sachs International on a £460m Mezzanine Financing.

Years of experience

17

About their firm

Gunnercooke is one of the UK’s fastest growing challenger law firms. We are a full service corporate, finance and commercial firm with over 100 partners. We aim to challenge, improve and evolve the way that legal services are delivered to businesses, by building an environment for lawyers to both deliver great service, and achieve personal happiness.

We were established in September 2010 and in December 2015 reached over 100 partners, operating nationally from offices in London and Manchester.

The firm has won over 20 national and international awards for innovation and service and were recently shortlisted for UK law firm of the year at The British Legal awards.

We believe in being different and our main differentiating factors are:

Certainty over fees – We scope all matters in detail and provide clients with a fixed, certain cost wherever possible.

Certainty over seniority – We are a partner only model. All partners join us having spent at least 10 years at leading national and international firms or in business.

Certainty over innovation - We are committed to constantly improving the way that we work with clients. We will continue to invest in technology and training to ensure that our offering remains innovative and in-line with the progress of clients’ businesses.

These elements allow us to provide real value for money with brilliant client service at the heart of our offering.

For more information on how we stand out from other firms please view our short presentation at http://gunnercooke.com/about-us/

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