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Scott Colwell

Scott Colwell

Latham & Watkins LLP

London, , GBR


Scott Colwell 's practice focuses on international capital markets, corporate finance and securities regulation, in particular offerings of high-yield debt securities.  Mr. Colwell has significant experience representing issuers and investment banks across Europe in connection with debt securities offerings and leveraged transactions.

Profile 

Experience

Mr. Colwell has represented: 

  • Nordic Capital on the financing of its acquisition of the Lindorff Group, a Norwegian-based credit management services provider, which included €1.45 billion of notes issued in five tranches and two subsequent bond offerings totaling €480 million
  • CVC on the financing of its acquisition of the Domestic & General Group, which included £500 million of notes issued in three tranches
  • The initial purchasers on the financing for the €16 billion acquisition of SFR by Numericable S.A. and refinancing of existing debt, which included approximately €12 billion of notes issued by Numericable and its parent Altice
  • The initial purchasers, led by J.P. Morgan, BNP Paribas and Deutsche Bank, of US$5.2 billion of senior secured notes by Numericable-SFR S.A., which is the largest single-tranche high yield bond issuance to date
  • The initial purchasers of €4.7 billion of notes issued to fund the acquisition of the Portuguese telecommunication assets of the former Portugal Telecom from Oi S.A.
  • The initial purchasers, led by Goldman Sachs, of US$2.75 billion of senior secured notes issued by Altice Financing S.A.
  • Goldman Sachs, as dealer manager, on an exchange offer for certain existing notes of Edcon Limited, the largest non-food retailer in Southern Africa, for new notes in connection with a complex restructuring of the Edcon group
  • The initial purchasers, led by Morgan Stanley, of £280 million of senior secured notes issued by the Cognita Group, a leading operator of private schools
  • The initial purchasers, led by Credit Suisse, Barclays and Morgan Stanley, of €590 million of senior secured notes issued by Interoute, a leading European ICT and cloud computing company
  • The initial purchasers on the US$3.7 billion high yield bond offerings issued in connection with the US$23.3 billion merger of Virgin Media and Liberty Global
  • J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse in a €1.2 billion two tranche high yield bond offering by Kabel BW in connection with its acquisition by Liberty Global. This transaction was awarded “EMEA High-Yield Deal of the Year” by the IFLR
  • Virgin Media in a US$750 million senior secured notes due 2026
  • The lead managers in five offerings of senior secured notes by orphan special purpose vehicles established by UPC Broadband Holding B.V. for an aggregate of approximately €3 billion
  • PAI Partners SAS in a CHF 350 million and US$425 million offering of senior secured notes to finance the acquisition of Swissport International Ltd
  • J.P. Morgan, in an offering of £250 million and US$425 million of senior secured notes by Manchester United

Education

JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 2001

BA, Drake University, 1998

Bar Qualifications

England and Wales (Registered Foreign Lawyer), Illinois

Recognition Highlights

Mr. Colwell is described by one peer as "high quality,"while another states: "He is very good substantively, hard-working and always available for clients."Chambers UK 2016.

Mr. Colwell is ranked by Legal 500 2016 as a leading individual.

Mr.Colwell "is a lawyer making waves in the market for his high-yield practice... Sources regard him as a 'very sharp and strong lawyer.'" Chambers UK 2015

Mr. Colwell was named to Financial News’ Legal Services “40 Under 40” list for capital markets lawyers in March 2013.

Scott Colwell is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Leveraged Finance: Market Update and Key Trends - Sixteenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Monday, January 23, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Leveraged Finance: Market Update and Key Trends - Leveraged Finance: Market Update and Key Trends, Monday, January 23, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Leveraged Finance: Market Update and Key Trends - Leveraged Finance: Market Update and Key Trends, Monday, January 23, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Leveraged Finance: Market Update and Key Trends - Leveraged Finance: Market Update and Key Trends, Monday, January 23, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Sixteenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Friday, January 27, 2017, London
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