Jonathan Griggs’ practice focuses on international financing and restructuring transactions.

Jonathan advises corporates, financial institutions, private equity funds, and sovereigns on a broad range of financial products including loans (ranging from investment grade to acquisition and leveraged finance), bonds, and derivatives.

Jonathan joined the firm in 2017.

Notable Experiences

  • Brookfield and HomeServe EMEA in the raising of £325 million and €460 million term debt facilities and a £150 million RCF to refinance its senior bridge facility

  • Cognita Schools in the raising of a €1.159 billion first lien cov-lite TLB and RCF in order to fully refinance its existing senior and second lien facilities

  • Barbados 2022 debt-for-nature swap: the Government of Barbados in relation to its $150 million debt-for-nature conversion, which included the first ever “pandemic clause” for a sovereign in a primary market issuance (Sustainable Loan of the Year 2022, International Financing Review; ESG Loan Deal of the Year 2023, Bonds, Loans & ESG Capital Markets Latin America & Caribbean Awards) 

  • OpenText in its financing of its acquisition of Micro Focus International PLC, one of the world’s largest software companies, at an enterprise value of approximately $6 billion

  • Garuda Indonesia, the Indonesian national air-carrier, and its subsidiaries in a restructuring of its bank loan, bond, and indebtedness

  • Financing matters for Aermont Capital, Blackstone, Brookfield, KKR, Nectar Capital, TPG, and Wafra 

  • Lebanon in the management of its sovereign debt, including advising on the restructuring of its c. $30 billion U.S. dollar-denominated Eurobonds

  • The Gambia in connection with its sovereign debt management

  • All of Greece’s international bond issuances since 2018, including the country’s first offerings to the international markets since the conclusion of the bailout program (accolades include CEE Legal “Deal of the Year” 2020)

  • Loans, bonds, derivatives, and institutional advice for various sovereigns, supranationals, and central banks, including Barbados, Chad, Republic of Congo, Eurofima, Greece, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Zimbabwe

  • A large pulp and paper manufacturing company in various financings, including an up-to-$1 billion syndicated facility with a number of international lenders

  • Celsa Group UK in an emergency financing provided by the UK Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy as well as refinancings of the group’s term loan and ABL facilities 

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