Jennifer Tait

U.K. Partner

London
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP
Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9AW
T +44 20 3580 4729
F +44 20 3580 4800
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Dual qualified in the UK and in NY, Jennifer Tait is a U.K. partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. Jennifer practiced corporate and securities law in New York before moving to the London office. Her focus includes representing issuers and underwriters in capital markets transactions in the US and in Europe, in public and private offerings of debt (including high yield), equity and hybrid securities. Jennifer also has experience in liability management transactions including consent solicitations, and tender and exchange offers, corporate and securities regulatory issues, and disclosure and corporate governance matters. Jennifer also has particular experience representing (re)insurers and investment banks in connection with insurance-linked securities transactions, including catastrophe bonds and other (re)insurance structured finance products.

Dual qualified in the UK and in NY, Jennifer Tait is a U.K. partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. Jennifer practiced corporate and securities law in New York before moving to the London office. Her focus includes representing issuers and underwriters in capital markets transactions in the US and in Europe, in public and private offerings of debt (including high yield), equity and hybrid securities. Jennifer also has experience in liability management transactions including consent solicitations, and tender and exchange offers, corporate and securities regulatory issues, and disclosure and corporate governance matters. Jennifer also has particular experience representing (re)insurers and investment banks in connection with insurance-linked securities transactions, including catastrophe bonds and other (re)insurance structured finance products.

Selected Significant Matters

Jennifer has advised on the following significant matters:

  • CMA CGM in its successful friendly tender offer to acquire of CEVA Logistics
  • Allstate Insurance Company as deal counsel in connection with its $300 million catastrophe bond issued by Sanders Re II
  • FIS in its $42 billion agreement to merge with Worldpay, Inc., a global leader in eCommerce and payments
  • The underwriters in Marsh & McLennan’s $5 billion multi-tranche senior notes offering, €1.1 billion senior notes offering and $600 million senior notes reopening offering
  • MS Amlin, in several institutional private placements of $100 million in aggregate of preference shares by Viribus
  • LSE-listed Lancashire Holdings, in a $360 million institutional private placement of preference shares by Kinesis Capital
  • Platinum Equity, in the redemption by Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) of its 9.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 and 12.50% Senior Notes due 2022 in connection with the sale of WFS to Cerberus
  • Platinum Equity in a high-yield offering of$280 million 9.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2022, as part of the acquisition financing of UK-based company, Pattonair Holdings Limited
  • NYSE-listed Tronox Limited in connection with the high yield bond portion of its $3.150 billion debt refinancing transactions, comprising an offering of $450 million 5.75% Senior Notes due 2025
  • Sirius International Group in its Regulation S offering of SEK2,750,000,000 (approximately $340 million) aggregate principal amount of floating rate callable subordinated notes due 2047
  • APL Limited, a provider of container shipping and global transportation services, in its consent solicitation to effect certain amendments to its 8% Senior Debentures due 2024
  • Platinum Equity and Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in €50 million high yield offering of its 9.50% Senior Secured Notes
  • Aquiline Capital in the sale of UK-based Simply Business to The Travelers Companies, Inc. for an enterprise value of approximately $490 million
  • Willis Towers Watson Securities, as arranger and placement agent in several private debt offerings of up to $700 million in aggregate by Resilience
  • CMA CGM, a leading global container liner shipping company, in acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines, to create a $22 billion entity with more than 560 vessels
  • Aviva plc in the issuance and subsequent redemption of its $400 million 8.25% US Capital Securities NYSE delisting and SEC deregistration of its American Depositary Shares
  • LSE-listed Lancashire Holdings in its inaugural LSE-listed debt issue of $130 million 5.70% Senior Notes due 2022 and in its £131 million equity placing of ordinary shares to partially finance its acquisition of Cathedral Capital
  • Aspen Insurance Holdings in several preference share private placements by Silverton Re
  • ELZ Sağlık Yatırım A.Ş. as project sponsor and borrower in connection with groundbreaking bond financing of €360 health campus in Turkey
  • The underwriters in a $436.5 million public offering of depositary shares by Arch Capital to qualify as regulatory capital
  • Aspen Insurance Holdings in $250 million public offering of 5.625% perpetual non-cumulative preference shares to qualify as regulatory capital
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in three multi-tranche, multi-market offerings of $20.4 billion of senior notes to finance its pending acquisition of Actavis Generics, the worldwide generic pharmaceutical business of Allergan plc
  • Aon Securities as sole structuring agent and bookrunner in several catastrophe bond offerings by Everest Re
  • CMA CGM S.A. in $725 million high yield offerings of 7.75% Senior Notes due 2021 and concurrent tender offer and redemption 

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