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Annette Kurdian



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Annette Kurdian



Annette has extensive experience in cross border leveraged finance across the credit spectrum and capital structures advising financial institutions, private credit providers and other funds.

She has carved out a successful practice in four key areas: the crossover between leveraged and infrastructure finance, private credit transactions, as well as fund finance and mainstream leveraged financing transactions. Her new money expertise is supported by her experience working on distressed situations. Annette has worked for many clients for whom knowledge of all potential financing options and experience across the market is a key ingredient to the execution of transactions. She is constructive and consistently at the forefront of developing new solutions to get the deal done.

Annette was awarded “Best in Banking & Finance” by the European Women in Business Law Awards, was ranked in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 and is ranked in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

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Experience highlights



One Bishops Square
E1 6AD

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The Law Society of Ireland On the Roll, 2019

Law Society of England and Wales Solicitor, 2002

Law Society of New South Wales Solicitor, 1997 


College of Law, Sydney, 1997

Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in accounting) / Bachelor of Laws (merit) University of New South Wales, Sydney, 1996

Other noteworthy experience 


  • The lenders on the holdco financing for KKR’s acquisition of a 30% minority stake in Telenor Fiber A.S., a company established to hold the Norwegian passive fibre assets of the Telenor Group.
  • The lenders on the financing of Open Dutch Fiber’s acquisition of one of the Netherlands’ largest wholesale open fibre broadband network providers E-Fiber (having originally advised the lenders on the financing for KKR and DTCP’s launch of Open Dutch Fiber and strategic agreement between Open Dutch Fiber and T-Mobile Netherlands).
  • Advising the lenders on the additional facilities for ADNOC Oil Pipelines LLC, in which funds managed by BlackRock and KKR have a material minority stake in the $4bn pipeline infrastructure transaction with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (having advised the lenders on the financing for the original investment).
  • The lenders in relation to the refinancing of Swissport following its 2020 restructuring.
  • The lenders in relation to a holdco financing to support Stonepeak’s minority investment in Inspired Education Group, a global private schools provider.
  • Funds managed by Alcentra Limited on the refinancing of the unitranche facility provided to Lumenis Ltd. (a global leader in the field of clinical solutions) following the sale of its surgical division, to provide financing to the remaining non-surgical activities provided by the Lumenis group.
  • The unitranche lender on the financing supporting Mubadala Capital’s acquisition of Witherslack Group, a leading operator of schools and home accommodation in the special educational needs sector in the UK.

Published Work

  • Annette Kurdian and Andrew Smith, “The Legal Framework for Secured Credit, An Australian Perspective”, delivered to the International Bar Association, 17th Annual Conference, International Finance Law and published as “Secured Transaction Law Survey, The Legal Framework for Secured Credit An Australian Perspective – Taking, Maintaining and Enforcing Security”, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Finance Law, Volume 16(2), (3) February- March 2001


Awards & accolades

Best in Banking & Finance

European Women in Business Law Awards


The Lawyer’s Hot 100