Luke Lado


Luke Lado
Luke Lado is counsel in the London office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Drawing on his extensive experience, Luke represents lenders and borrowers in leverage finance transactions, special situations debt financings, restructurings, and cross over credit financings.  His clients include European and US banks, direct lending and special situations funds, sponsors and corporate borrowers.

Prior to joining Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Luke worked at a magic circle law firm and a leading US law firm in London.  Luke has previously been seconded to J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse.

Representative experience includes advising:

  • The ad hoc committee of lenders in relation to the US$6.3 billion debt restructuring of Nordic Aviation Capital
  • The lenders in relation to the provision of debt finance to Oakley Capital regarding its investments in Phenna Group
  • A cinema conglomerate regarding a special situations debt financing
  • Goldman Sachs, as lender, in relation to Eurazeo’s refinancing of DORC
  • Thomas Cook in relation to new money options and a restructuring of its debt*
  • Morgan Stanley in relation to the provision of bridge to bond financing regarding the €450,000,000 acquisition of Axelos by PeopleCert*
  • The ad hoc committee of senior lenders in relation to new money options and the debt restructuring of the Curaeos group, an EQT owned business based in the Netherlands*
  • The lenders and equity holders in relation to the restructuring and special situations financing of the Prezzo group and its subsequent sale to Cain International*
  • The ad hoc committee of senior lenders regarding the provision of new money to the Fatface group and the restructuring of the group’s existing debt*
  • Goldman Sachs and UBS in relation to the provision of acquisition finance to Aristocrat Leisure regarding the acquisition of Playtech plc*
  • The lenders in relation to the provision of special situations debt financing to Folli Follie*
  • The lenders regarding the cross over credit financing of Flutter Entertainment plc in light of its merger with Stars Group Inc*
  • Cartesian Capital on their acquisition and financing of Arlington’s thermal management divisions*
  • Smile Telecom in relation to a restructuring of its debt*
  • A leading private equity house and its English portfolio company regarding a complex special situations financing in light of COVID 19*
  • The mandated lead arrangers in relation to term loan B refinancing facilities provided to the Galileo Education Group*
  • The mandated lead arrangers and underwriters in connection with the senior secured notes and super senior financing for Bite group in the Baltic region*
  • Credit Suisse in relation to margin loans*
  • Debt funds in relation to subscription line facilities*

*denotes experience prior to joining Weil, Gotshal & Manges”

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