Alexander (Alex) Robb

Partner

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  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Auckland, 2005
  • Bachelor of Laws, Honours, University of Auckland, 2005

Qualifications

  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2016
  • New Zealand, Barrister and Solicitor, 2006

Court Admissions

  • High Court of New Zealand
  • IFLR1000 (2019)
  • Legal Week “40 Under 40: Rising Star in Private Equity” (2019)

Alexander (Alex) Robb

Partner

Alex Robb is a partner in the finance group of Ropes & Gray’s London office. He has broad experience in both domestic and international financing, with a particular focus on leveraged finance, including bank/bond, unitranche, senior/subordinated and holdco PIK financings, together with financial restructuring matters.

He has acted for numerous investment and commercial banks, private credit funds, private equity sponsors, and publicly listed companies.

Experience

  • Advised Liberty Latin America on the financing aspects, which included both bank and bond financing, of its $1.95 billion acquisition of AT&T’s operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands
  • Advised All3Media on a 405m first lien syndicated term loan B and £75m privately placed second lien refinancing  
  • Advised Bain Capital Credit and ICG as lenders on the financing in connection with Ardian’s acquisition of Study Group
  • Advised TSG Consumer Partners on the refinancing of Revolution Beauty
  • Acted for Partners Group in connection with various leveraged finance investments including as a second lien lender in connection with Nordic Capital’s acquisition of Alloheim
  • Represented Virgin Media in a £300 million offering of Receivables Financing Notes due 2023
  • Acting for Intermediate Capital Group on its:
    • holdco PIK loan financing in connection with a US$5.3 billion consortium buyout of certain stakes in Visma, Europe’s largest ever software buyout
    • holdco PIK loan financing in connection with a £1.3 billion acquisition of IRIS, a leading provider of business-critical software and services
    • investment in Blackrock Programme Management (Blackrock PM), a UK-headquartered professional services firm
  • Advised MV Credit on second lien financings to support dividend recaps for Sunrise Medical and The Binding Site, and to support Itiviti’s refinancing and the acquisition of Ullink
  • Advised VTR Finance B.V. and its Chilean operating subsidiaries in connection with a US$1.4 billion high yield financing
  • Acting for Bain Capital on its purchase of a controlling stake in MKM, the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant
  • Acting for Liberty Global plc in connection with:
    • the financing aspects of its disposal to Vodafone of its German business and certain eastern European businesses
    • its 3.95 billion equivalent dual currency loan financing package in relation to its public takeover of Dutch listed cable company Ziggo N.V.
    • UPC Broadband Holding B.V.’s offer to exchange EUR 1.475 billion of its loans for loans to a combined Dutch telecoms credit pool consisting of the UPC Nederland and Ziggo businesses
    • the financing arrangements for its £3.5 billion acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications plc.
    • a EUR 80m super senior revolving credit facility and EUR 420 million senior revolving facility for Unitymedia
    • numerous term loan refinancings in an aggregate equivalent amount in excess of £20,000,000,000 for theTelenet, UPC, Unitymedia, Virgin Media and Ziggo groups
  • Acting for Liberty Global plc and its investment vehicle, jointly owned with Discovery Communications, Inc., in connection with £420 million of first and second lien facilities for the acquisition of All3Media
  • Acting for Altice VII S.à r.L. on:
    • a US$1.034 billion covenant lite term loan, a 250 million bond issuance and 125 million in other bank financing in relation to the acquisition of Groupe Outremer Telecom S.A.
    • a US$425 million holdco PIK facility in connection with its acquisition of Tricom S.A. and Global Interlink Ltd
  • Acting for Brighthouse Group plc in connection with a super senior revolving credit facility to support its offering of £220 million 7 7/8 % senior secured notes due 2018
  • Acting for Hellman & Friedman in connection with the refinancing and dividend recapitalization of a portfolio company by way of unitranche facility
  • Acting for Welsh Carson in connection with a £175,000,000 unitranche facility and £20,000,000 revolving credit facility in connection with a bid
  • Acting for Goldman Sachs in connection with a funded EUR 200 million senior bridge facility agreement and acting for Nordea Bank in connection with a NOK 500 million bilateral facility, in each case, for Nordic Capital’s portfolio company, Lindorff

Notable transactions in which Alex has been involved prior to joining the firm include:

  • Acting for the restructuring committee of a holding company of Bulgarian Telecommunications in connection with its scheme of arrangement in relation to 1.6 billion of facilities
  • Acting for the cross-over creditors in connection with the restructuring of the Primacom Group by way of share pledge enforcement in 2010 and by way of scheme of arrangement in 2012
  • Acting for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in connection with its acquisition of MAp’s joint venture interests in Brussels and Copenhagen airports and also the refinancing of Bristol Airport
  • Acting for Marston’s plc in connection with certain forward start facilities and refinancings
  • Acting for Howden Joinery Group plc in connection with the amendment and extension of its asset backed credit facilities
  • Acting for a fund in relation to a US$350 million margin loan from an investment bank secured against privately held shares

Publications

  • Profiled, “40 Under 40: The Rising Stars in Private Equity,” Legal Week (October 23, 2019)
  • Quoted, “(EUR) 2019 Mid-market Outlook: Tempering confidence with caution,” LCD News (December 12, 2018) 
  • Quoted, “Sponsors’ power to cash dividend from day one hits 51% of the market - Primary Loan Review,” Debtwire (October 26, 2018)

Disclaimer

Ropes & Gray International LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in Delaware, United States of America and is a recognised body regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (with registered number 521000).
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Auckland, 2005
  • Bachelor of Laws, Honours, University of Auckland, 2005
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