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Annette Kurdian

Partner

London

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Annette Kurdian

Partner

London

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

Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

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 

Academic

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 

Advising:

  • The lenders on the GBP2bn bid by KKR and Equitix for John Laing Group PLC, an international infrastructure investor.
  • The lenders on KKR’s launch of Open Dutch Fiber (together with DTCP) to build and offer fibre optic networks in the Netherlands together with T-Mobile Netherlands.
  • The lenders on the financing for the acquisition by KKR of Viridor Limited, a recycling, renewable energy and waste management company from Pennon PLC.
  • The arrangers on the refinancing of the super senior revolving credit facility and high yield bonds for Q-Park Group, an operator of parking garages.
  • The lenders on the post-IPO revolving credit facility for Calisen plc, an owner and manager of energy infrastructure assets.
  • Various funds in respect of fund finance (including capital call facilities/equity bridge/NAV facilities) including a circa USD3bn hybrid syndicated fund finance facility.
  • The underwriters of a USD3.275bn senior “holdco minority shareholding” term loan facility in connection with the acquisition, by a consortium formed by BlackRock Infra and KKR, of a 40% shareholding in ADNOC Oil Pipelines LLC, a newly established Abu Dhabi subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), which remains 60% owned by ADNOC Infrastructure LLC.
  • A fund on a hybrid margin loan financing which was secured against its holdings in certain high profile US listed securities.
  • Funds managed by Alcentra Limited on the unitranche financing for the refinancing of Ebury Partners UK Limited, a financial services provider.
  • Funds managed by Alcentra Limited as second lien lenders in relation to the financing of the acquisition by Astorg of First Names Group, a global provider of trust, fund and corporate services.
  • The arrangers and underwriters on the acquisition by EQT Infrastructure of the SAUR Group, a French water management provider.
  • Funds managed by Alcentra Limited as the unitranche lenders and a syndicate of banks as the super senior lenders on a first out last out financing for Varde’s acquisition of Equiom Group, a provider of end-to-end wealth protection and support services to private clients, corporate clients and funds.

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

Recognition

Awards & accolades

Best in Banking & Finance

European Women in Business Law Awards

Ranked

The Lawyer’s Hot 100