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John Kicken



Kicken John
John Kicken



John is a U.S.-qualified partner in the London office and specializes in high yield bonds and leveraged finance transactions, including acquisition financings, recapitalizations, restructurings and liability management. He also regularly advises issuers, financial sponsors and investment banks on other capital market transactions and U.S. securities law matters.

John has advised on some of the most significant European high yield deals in recent years (IFLR). He is recognised in the high yield market as a Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded (IFLR1000) and Next Generation Lawyer (Legal 500) and has been recognized as Best Young Lawyer in the Netherlands (Memory Group). John graduated from Harvard Law School as a Fulbright scholar.

Deal credentials include Aenova, Altice, Argus Media, Boparan, Cerba, CRH Europe Distribution, Curium, Douglas, Edcon, Ei Group, Empark, Evonik, Flora Food Group, Hema, IHO Holding, Intertrust, KCA Deutag, Manchester City, Matalan, McLaren, New Look, Novem, Perstorp, PPF Telecom, Refresco, Renk, Sarens, Schaeffler, Sivantos-Widex, Solidus, Techem, Webhelp and Ziggo.

News & insights

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News: 14 OCTOBER 2021

A&O advises on c.EUR2.75 billion loan and high yield financing for Brookfield’s acquisition of Modulaire

Allen & Overy’s leveraged finance team has advised Brookfield Business Partners (Brookfield) on a c.EUR2.75 billion loan and high yield financing package comprising a EUR1.26bn sustainability-linked…

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Publications: 13 OCTOBER 2021

Restructuring, liquidation and solvent dissolution options in Australia

Australia has a well-developed and comprehensive legal framework for the restructuring, insolvent liquidation or solvent dissolution of Australian companies – both solvent and insolvent.  A number of…

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Publications: 12 OCTOBER 2021

Sustainability-linked loans in Russia: a hot market

When it comes to sustainable lending, the Russian loan market is punching above its weight. Many of Russia’s leading corporates have raised ESG or sustainability-linked loans (in some cases, multiple…

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News: 03 SEPTEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises on combined EUR1.8 billion loan and high yield bond acquisition financing

Allen & Overy's leveraged finance team has advised a consortium of banks in connection with a EUR1.8 billion loan and high yield bond to finance the acquisition by KPS Capital Partners, LP of Crown…

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