Of Counsel

New York

+1 212 848 5258

Highly regarded

English


Bar admissions:

New York

Jurisdictions:

United Kingdom

Practice areas:

Banking


Ronan Wicks is Of Counsel in Finance practice.

He focuses on advising financial institutions in connection with leveraged and investment grade acquisition financings, asset-based facilities, workouts, general financings and special situations, including in the middle market. He has significant experience with New York Term Loan Bs, in particular, and has also assisted debt funds in distress situations. Ronan has deep experience across various industries, including telecommunication and media, financial services, manufacturing, technology, sports/entertainment and with cross-border and investment grade transactions.

Ronan has advised on important transactions for a wide range of financial institutions, including Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies & Co., Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

He frequently writes articles which are published by the Intentional Financial Law Review and is regularly cited in the media such as the Financial Times discussing topical issues in finance.

  • Ardagh Group in connection with the amendment and restatement of its existing senior secured credit facility and the extension of its $700 million Term Loan B facility and advising on its certain funds financing commitment as part of its agreement with Ball Corporation and Rexam PLC.
  • HSBC Securities (USA), Inc., as sole lead arranger and sole bookrunner, and The Bank of Nova Scotia, Société Générale and ING Bank N.V., as mandated lead arrangers, in connection with a $350 million senior secured revolving credit facility for B2Gold Corp., with collateral being taken in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Barclays, as sole lead arranger and sole agent, in connection with the $8.3 billion investment grade bridge financing for Hewlett-Packard’s cross-border acquisition of Autonomy plc under the “certain funds” provisions of the UK’s Takeover Code.
  • Goldman Sachs, as lead agent, on a six-year, $2.275 billion senior secured revolving credit facility ($275 million senior secured revolving credit facility and $2 billion senior secured Tranche B) for IMS Health Incorporated to finance the acquisition of IMS Health.
  • JPMorgan and Citigroup, as administrative agents, on a $1.7 billion senior secured credit facility for Dynegy Holdings Inc., a leading domestic energy provider.

Goldman Sachs on several financings for the YankeeNets franchise, including:

  •         a $100 million pre-construction bridge facility to fund the construction of the new Yankee Stadium;
  •         $225 million senior secured credit facilities; and
  •         a $300 million loan and subsequent refinancing.
  • Barclays as lead agent on a £4.8 billion investment grade bridge financing for the combination of Thomson-Reuters.
  • Bank of America, N.A. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, as joint lead arrangers and joint book managers, in connection with a $225 million term loan related to the acquisition of certain assets by Block Communications from Metrocast Communications.
  • Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, as lead agents, in an amend and extend of $20 billion in first-lien loans and a $1.25 billion letter of credit facility for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Texas Pacific Group (TPG) in connection with their investment in electric utility Energy Future Holdings Corporation (formerly known as TXU Corporation).
  • JPMorgan Chase and Barclays, as lead agents, in connection with the refinancing and subsequent workout of a $350 million term loan, $100 million second lien loan and $75 million revolving bank loan to Hicks Sports Group (formerly Southwest Sports Group), the former owner of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars. Ronan also advised Goldman Sachs on the financing of the original loan to Southwest Sports Group.
  • Morgan Stanley in a $365 million financing of a leveraged take-private of Skillsoft Corporation, a NASDAQ listed, Irish provider of online learning.
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC, as joint lead arrangers for Archroma, a global specialty chemicals company, in connection with the amendment and restatement of its existing senior secured credit facility and a $200 million incremental facility.
  • Investcorp on the £300 million sale of Tyrrells Crisps to Amplify Snack Brands, Inc.

  • Financial Services
  • Private Capital

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