Thomas Plowman is an associate in the firm’s Private Equity group. His practice focuses on advising private equity sponsors, credit funds, investment funds, special situations investors, corporates and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border acquisition finance and other leveraged finance transactions, refinancings, restructurings and special situations.

On acquisition and leveraged finance matters Mr. Plowman works with clients on matters involving a wide range of lending products, including TLBs, unitranche financings, bank/bond financings and holdco financings. On restructuring matters Mr. Plowman has extensive experience in advising various stakeholder groups in restructurings and other distressed financings, including debtors, shareholders, creditors, agents/security agents, providers of new capital and special situations investors.

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Selected acquisition finance and other leveraged finance transactions

  • TowerBrook on its acquisition of Premium Credit, a leading provider of premium finance for commercial and retail insurance products, from Cinven

  • Warburg Pincus on the financing of its acquisition of the Accelya group using European first and second lien facilities.*
  • Warburg Pincus on the unitranche financing of its acquisition of a supply chain procurement business.*
  • Warburg Pincus on the insertion of a holdco financing in relation to an existing portfolio company.*
  • CVC Capital Partners in relation to holdco financing considerations in relation to various confidential investments.*
  • BC Partners on the NY law SFA and private high yield financing of its €3.3bn takeover of the Springer publishing group (and subsequent repricing-refinancing and transformative merger transactions).*
  • BC Partners on the acquisition of the Aenova group by way of cashless rollover of its existing covenanted senior and mezzanine facilities into a cov-lite 1L/2L.*
  • PPF Group as sponsor on the all senior loan financing of its €2.5bn acquisition of the Czech division of Telefonica.*
  • Sculptor Capital Management in relation to the financing of the acquisition of certain North Sea oil interests by a group of high net worth individuals.*
  • Goldman Sachs and the other mandated lead arrangers on the refinancing of Masmovil’s existing financing arrangements and repurchase of a private equity investor’s convertible bonds.*
  • Goldman Sachs on a bridge to bond financing for Almaviva SpA.*

Selected restructuring matters/special situations mandates

  • The Agent and Security Agent in relation to the $1.3bn financial restructuring of the Noble Group’s trading business by way of a share pledge enforcement and receivership sale.
  • The ad-hoc working group of bondholders in relation to the proposed restructuring of Takko Fashion.*
  • EQT Credit in relation to its proposed refinancing and acquisition of a European plastic packaging group.*
  • The ad-hoc working group of creditors in relation to the collapse of the existing Italian Bank Lender of Record (IBLOR) financing for the Global Garden Products group (Stiga) by scheme of arrangement and recapitalisation of the group.*
  • The lenders to a transportation packaging group on the amendment and restatement of their unitranche facility, including a covenant reset and equity injection. Advising on further amendment and restatements prior to sale (and refinancing) of the group.*
  • The ad-hoc working group of creditors on a £381m restructuring of a distressed European waste disposal group’s loan facilities.*
  • The mandated lead arrangers in relation to an add-on acquisition funded by incremental commitments relating to a Covid-19 impacted payment services business.*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

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Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Plowman was most recently a senior associate at a leading international law firm based in London.

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