Jennifer Tait

Partner

London
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP
Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9AW
T +44 20 3580 4729
F +44 20 3580 4800
jtaitwillkie.com

Dual qualified in the UK and in NY, Jennifer Tait is a 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 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:

  • Willis Securities, Inc. in Windmill II Re DAC’s €100 million catastrophe bond offering sponsored by Achmea Reinsurance Company N.V.
  • Herbie Re Ltd. in its $125 million catastrophe bond offering
  • Baillie Gifford European Growth Trust plc (formerly European Investment Trust plc) in US securities aspects of UK tender offer
  • Platinum Equity in a high-yield offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of 9.50% Senior Notes due 2028, in connection with the acquisition of Cision Ltd. (NYSE: CISN)
  • Advised on Comprehensive Financial Restructuring of the Lecta Group including the exchange of Lecta’s existing €375 million 6.50% Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes due 2023 and its €225 million Floating Rate Senior Secured Notes due 2022 for new Floating Rate Senior Secured Notes due 2025 and Subordinated Floating Rate PIK Notes due 2028
  • Platinum Equity in the high yield and holding company financing associated with its acquisition of Wesco Aircraft and the subsequent merger with Pattonair
  • Aspen in its $250 million US registered public offering of preference shares to qualify as regulatory capital
  • CMA in its change of control debt tender offer for $300 million of CEVA’s 5.25% Senior Notes
  • The underwriters in PartnerRe's US registered public offering of $500 million of Senior Notes
  • FIS in its approximately $8.2 billion multi-tranche senior notes offerings and its approximately $2.9 million multi-tranche senior notes offering and concurrent tender offers
  • Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Novelion Therapeutics, in its recapitalization, whereby Amryt Pharma agreed to acquire 100% of Aegerion’s reorganized stock
  • CMA CGM in its successful friendly tender offer to acquire 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 merger 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 preference shares by Viribus
  • Lancashire Capital in multiple institutional private placements of preference shares by Kinesis
  • 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
  • Willis Towers Watson Securities, as arranger and placement agent in several private debt offerings of up to $700 million in aggregate by Resilience
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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