Ashley Ken

Ashley Ken is a Finance associate in London. Ashley acts for private equity sponsors, financial institutions and direct lenders on a wide range of multi-jurisdictional leveraged and acquisition financings.

Prior to joining Weil, Ashley worked in the leveraged finance team at a leading international firm in London, where he also spent time on secondment to their Tokyo banking team. He was also an associate at a US-headquartered international firm in London.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish and French.

Representative experience, including prior to joining Weil, includes:

  • APRIL: the direct lenders in connection with the €850 million unitranche facilities and €105 million ssRCF in support of KKR’s acquisition of APRIL Group, a leading French insurance broker.
  • IVI – RMA: the arrangers in connection with the senior secured term loan and RCF in support of KKR’s acquisition of IVI-RMA, a global fertility treatment group, and subsequently the direct lenders and the mandated lead arrangers in the pivoting of the syndicated financing to a privately placed financing.
  • 888/William Hill: the lead arrangers in connection with the financing to support the acquisition by 888 Holdings plc of the international (non-US) business of William Hill at an enterprise value of £2.2 billion.
  • AstraZeneca: the arrangers in connection with the $39 billion acquisition by AstraZeneca PLC of Alexion Pharmaceutical, Inc., the largest acquisition financing and largest acquisition of a U.S. company of 2020.
  • Apcoa: the arrangers in connection with a €685 million equivalent offering of senior secured fixed and floating rates notes and a €80 million ssRCF for Apcoa Parking, a portfolio company of Centerbridge Partners.
  • Generalife: the direct lenders in connection with the unitranche and ssRCF in support of KKR’s acquisition of Generalife, one of Europe’s largest fertility clinic groups.
  • Armonea Group: the borrower on an €295 million acquisition financing and subsequent release workstreams following its acquisition by IK Investment Partners.
  • Contabo: the direct lenders in connection with the unitranche and super senior revolving credit facilities in support of KKR’s acquisition of Contabo, a leading global cloud hosting platform.
  • Biosynth: The direct lenders in connection with the unitranche and ssRCF in support of KKR’s acquisition of Biosynth Beteilingungs AG.
  • Keepmoat: the lead arrangers in connection with the bridge to bond and ssRCF provided to support the acquisition by Aermont Capital of the Keepmoat Homes, one of the largest UK home builders.
  • Cerdia: the lenders in connection with a $600 million senior secured notes offering and a €65 million RCF for Cedia Finanz GMBH, a leading global manufacturer of filter tow products owned by Blackstone.
  • Infront: the lenders in connection with the senior secured term loan and RCF provided to the Infront Group, a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform and subsequently the direct lender in the pivoting of the syndicated financing to a privately placed financing.
  • Sanne: the lead arrangers in connection with the first and second lien credit facilities provided to support the public takeover offer by Apex Group for Sanne Group plc.