Robert Haak

Partner

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  • Certificate in Advanced Corporate and Securities Law, University of South Africa, 2006
  • LLB, University of Pretoria, 2005
  • BCom, University of Pretoria, 2003

Qualifications

  • New York, 2014
  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2009
  • South Africa (Non-Practising), 2007
  • International Bar Association
  • Winner of Finance Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2017
  • Winner of High Yield Deal of the Year at the the IFLR Europe Awards 2017

Robert Haak

Partner

Robert Haak joined the finance group of Ropes & Gray’s London office in 2010.

Robert Haak focuses his practice on corporate and financing transactions, specializing in high yield debt offerings. He regularly acts for companies, private capital providers, investment banks and underwriters in a range of public and private securities and financing transactions. His practice also includes the representation of companies in connection with complex cross-border corporate and securities matters.

Experience

  • Acting for Cable & Wireless Communications plc in connection with  a new Term Loan B for the purposes of refinancing existing debt 
  • Acting for Virgin Media Inc. on the first ever issuance of receivables financing notes and related financing arrangements
  • Acting for Liberty Global plc in connection with the financing arrangements for its acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications plc, with a deal value of approximately £3.5 billion
  • Acting for purchasers of private high yield notes issued by a member of the Peermont Group, a South African leisure business, in connection with its financial restructuring
  • Acting for Liberty Global plc in connection with the bank and bond financing for its takeover offer to acquire Dutch listed cable company Ziggo N.V., with a deal value of approximately €10 billion
  • Acting for Virgin Media Inc. in connection with a US$1.5 billion (equivalent) high yield financing
  • Acting for VTR Finance B.V. and its Chilean operating subsidiaries in connection with a US$1.4 billion high yield financing
  • Acting for Liberty Global plc in connection with the financing for its US$23.3 billion acquisition of Virgin Media Inc.
  • Acting for Unitymedia KabelBW GmbH and its subsidiaries in connection with multiple high yield bond issuances and various tender and exchange offers
  • Acting for Goldman Sachs European Special Situations Group and TPG Special Situations Partners partners in connection with their joint acquisition of the Lundy Portfolio from Lloyds Banking Group
  • Acting for UPC Holding B.V. and its subsidiaries in connection with multiple high yield bond issuances including through special purpose vehicles, with the offering proceeds applied to fund term loans under credit facilities
  • Acting for Telenet NV and its subsidiaries in connection with multiple high yield bond issuances by special purpose vehicles, with the offering proceeds applied to fund term loans under Telenet’s senior secured credit facilities
  • Acting for Liberty Global plc in connection with the financing aspects of the business combination of its German cable businesses, Unitymedia and KabelBW, including an 2.16 billion (equivalent) exchange offer by Unitymedia Hessen GmbH & Co. KG, Unitymedia NRW GmbH and Unitymedia GmbH for certain existing notes issued by Kabel BW GmbH and UPC Germany HoldCo 1 GmbH
  • Acting for Altice Financing S.A. and Altice Finco S.A. in connection with a tap issuance of their existing US$450 million 7⅞% senior secured notes due 2019, 200 million 8% senior secured notes due 2019 and US$400 million 9⅞% senior notes due 2020 in connection with Altice’s take-private and refinancing of HOT-Telecommunications Systems Ltd., an Israeli telecommunications company
  • Acting for Liberty Global plc in connection with the financing for its approximate 3.16 billion acquisition of Germany's third-largest cable TV operator, Kabel BW Erste Beteiligungs GmbH, from Swedish private equity group EQT Partners AB
  • Acting for the mezzanine lenders providing 395 million of secured mezzanine debt in connection with financing and structuring the acquisition of Swedish security group, Securitas Direct AB, by Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman
  • Acting for Bain Capital Credit and GoldenTree Asset Management as Euro Note Purchasers in connection with the purchase of 110 million principal amount of Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes of Almatis Holdings 9 B.V.

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