image of Kate O'DonovanKate O'Donovan

Clayton Utz Partner , Sydney T +61 2 9353 4925 +61 423 829 575 https://www.claytonutz.com

Kate specialises in corporate finance transactions with a focus on acquisition finance and leveraged buyouts, IPO financings, large-scale corporate syndicated lending and lending to funds, managed investment schemes and financial institutions. She also has a particular interest in alternative financing structures such as Term Loan B financing, unitranche structures, convertible notes, PIK notes, subscription finance and complex mezzanine finance (including complex intercreditor arrangements).

Kate’s clients include various financiers (such as major banks, credit funds and alternative debt financiers) private equity firms and both listed and unlisted corporates. She has represented clients in a wide range of industries including health, education, retail, financial services, food & beverages and software services. One of Kate’s key strengths is her ability to understand, and focus on, the commercial principles which are relevant to clients. 

Kate’s commercial approach has led clients to say “Across all the legal firms involved in the transaction, your advice and contribution was exceptional, and we consider your contribution outstanding compared to the other legal advisors in the transaction – in fact, there were a few people that stood out through the transaction and you were definitely one of them.”

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Banking and Finance

AirTrunk Data Centres: Kate acted on the financing for IPI as one of the bidders for the A$2bn+ acquisition of AirTrunk Data Centres.

Villaworld: Kate acted for Proprium Real Estate/Avid in relation to the financing of its acquisition of Villaworld by way of Scheme of Arrangement.

Onsite Rental Group: Acted for Onsite Rental Group and Next Capital Partners in relation to the restructuring of its US$ Term Loan B facilities. The restructuring involved 4 tiers of debt (a US$ Term Loan B facility, an A$ term loan facility, holdco notes and debtor finance facilities).

Australian Technology Innovators Pty Ltd: advised Australian Technology Innovators Pty Ltd on its $350 million $A Term Loan B raising. ATI owns two leading Australian technology companies, InfoTrack and LEAP Legal Software. This transaction was the first ever stand-alone domestic Term Loan B deal for a corporate borrower which is both Australian-dollar denominated and also governed by Australian law. It was shortlisted as Debt Market Deal of the Year in the Australasian Law Awards.

I-Med: Kate acted for Permira, in relation to the "market-leading" $1.3bn leveraged finance buyout of I-Med from Swedish firm EQT on a "certain funds", senior secured basis, fully underwritten by Goldman Sachs, HSBC, SMBC, Credit Agricole CIB, Natixis and ING.

Domestic & International Banks: Kate acted for the syndicate of Lenders in relation to ASX-listed Oh!media Limited's $570m acquisition of the Adshel group.

Blackstone Real Estate Australia: Kate represented Blackstone during its bid to acquire Investa Office Fund by way of a scheme of arrangement.  Blackstone's bid did not proceed and another bidder (Oxford Properties Group) was successful.

Elliot Funds / The Emergent Cold Group: Kate acted for the Emergent Cold Group in relation to the financing of its acquisition of John Swire & Son's entire Australian and Vietnamese cold storage business, including subsequent bolt-on acquisitions in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

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Corporate Finance

Villaworld: Kate acted for Proprium Real Estate/Avid in relation to the financing of its acquisition of Villaworld by way of Scheme of Arrangement.

Onsite Rental Group: Acted for Onsite Rental Group and Next Capital Partners in relation to the restructuring of its US$ Term Loan B facilities. The restructuring involved 4 tiers of debt (a US$ Term Loan B facility, an A$ term loan facility, holdco notes and debtor finance facilities).

Australian Technology Innovators Pty Ltd: advised Australian Technology Innovators Pty Ltd on its $350 million $A Term Loan B raising. ATI owns two leading Australian technology companies, InfoTrack and LEAP Legal Software. This transaction was the first ever stand-alone domestic Term Loan B deal for a corporate borrower which is both Australian-dollar denominated and also governed by Australian law. It was shortlisted as Debt Market Deal of the Year in the Australasian Law Awards

Domestic & International Banks: acted for the syndicate of Lenders in relation to ASX-listed Oh!media Limited's $570m acquisition of the Adshel group.

Elliot Funds / The Emergent Cold Group: Kate acted for the Emergent Cold Group in relation to the financing of its acquisition of John Swire & Son's entire Australian and Vietnamese cold storage business, including subsequent bolt-on acquisitions in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

See Corporate Finance

Leveraged Finance

AirTrunk Data Centres: Kate acted on the financing for IPI as one of the bidders for the A$2bn+ acquisition of AirTrunk Data Centres.

Villaworld: Kate acted for Proprium Real Estate/Avid in relation to the financing of its acquisition of Villaworld by way of Scheme of Arrangement.

Onsite Rental Group: Kate acted for Onsite Rental Group and Next Capital Partners in relation to the restructuring of its US$ Term Loan B facilities. The restructuring involved 4 tiers of debt (a US$ Term Loan B facility, an A$ term loan facility, holdco notes and debtor finance facilities).

I-Med: Kate acted for Permira, in relation to the "market-leading" $1.3bn leveraged finance buyout of I-Med from Swedish firm EQT on a "certain funds", senior secured basis, fully underwritten by Goldman Sachs, HSBC, SMBC, Credit Agricole CIB, Natixis and ING.

Blackstone Real Estate Australia: Kate represented Blackstone during its bid to acquire Investa Office Fund by way of a scheme of arrangement.  Blackstone's bid did not proceed and another bidder (Oxford Properties Group) was successful.

Elliot Funds / The Emergent Cold Group: Kate acted for the Emergent Cold Group in relation to the financing of its acquisition of John Swire & Son's entire Australian and Vietnamese cold storage business, including subsequent bolt-on acquisitions in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

See Leveraged Finance

Private Equity

AirTrunk Data Centres: Kate acted on the financing for IPI as one of the bidders for the A$2bn+ acquisition of AirTrunk Data Centres.

Onsite Rental Group: Acted for Onsite Rental Group and Next Capital Partners in relation to the restructuring of its US$ Term Loan B facilities. The restructuring involved 4 tiers of debt (a US$ Term Loan B facility, an A$ term loan facility, holdco notes and debtor finance facilities).

I-Med: Kate acted for Permira, in relation to the "market-leading" $1.3bn leveraged finance buyout of I-Med from Swedish firm EQT on a "certain funds", senior secured basis, fully underwritten by Goldman Sachs, HSBC, SMBC, Credit Agricole CIB, Natixis and ING.

Blackstone Real Estate Australia: Kate represented Blackstone during its bid to acquire Investa Office Fund by way of a scheme of arrangement.  Blackstone's bid did not proceed and another bidder (Oxford Properties Group) was successful.

Elliot Funds / The Emergent Cold Group: Kate acted for the Emergent Cold Group in relation to the financing of its acquisition of John Swire & Son's entire Australian and Vietnamese cold storage business, including subsequent bolt-on acquisitions in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

See Private Equity

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