Jeffrey H. Lawlis

  • Partner
  • Ejeff.lawlis@lw.com
  • Corso Matteotti, 22
  • 20121 Milan
  • Italy
  • T +39.02.3046.2000
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  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.1000
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Profile

Jeff Lawlis advises companies, sponsors, and investment banks on cross-border corporate finance transactions involving complex structuring issues. 

Mr. Lawlis serves as a go-to advisor to many clients on their full range of financing needs. He brings particular experience in leveraged finance and high yield bridge and bond transactions, as well as other debt and equity capital markets offerings, including private placements, and liability management transactions. Mr. Lawlis regularly advises on the financing aspects of M&A transactions, while also providing advice on general corporate and securities law matters.

Drawing on more than two decades of on-the-ground experience in Europe, Mr. Lawlis delivers sophisticated and business-driven counsel with a focus on the Italian, Spanish, and Greek markets.

Experience

Mr. Lawlis’ representative experience includes advising:

  • International Design Group S.p.A. (a Carlyle and Investindustrial portfolio company) in connection with the acquisition and combination of Flos, B&B Italia, and Louis Poulsen through an issuance of Senior Secured Notes
  • Fire (BC) S.p.A. (a Bain Capital portfolio company) in connection with the acquisition of Italmatch Chemicals S.p.A. through an issuance of Senior Secured Notes
  • TeamSystem S.p.A. (a Hellman & Friedman portfolio company) in connection with offerings of Senior Secured Notes
  • Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank in connection with offering of Senior Secured Notes and Senior Unsecured Notes by Lorca Telecom Bondco, S.A.U. to finance the acquisitions of Grupo MásMóvil and Eusketel by KKR, Cinven, and Providence
  • Rekeep S.p.A. (f/k/a Manutencoop) in connection with offerings of Senior Secured Notes
  • J.P. Morgan in connection with offerings by Aston Martin Capital Holdings Ltd. of Senior Secured Notes
  • J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs in connection with an offering by the parent company of Wind Hellas of Senior Secured Notes
  • F-Brasile S.p.A. (a Carlyle portfolio company) in connection with the acquisition of Forgital S.p.A. through an issuance of Senior Secured Notes
  • Zoncolan Bidco S.p.A. (a Partners Group portfolio company) in connection with the acquisition of Eolo S.p.A.
  • Evoca S.p.A. (a Lone Star portfolio company) in connection with an offering of Senior Secured Notes
  • Inter Media and Communications S.p.A. in connection with offerings of Senior Secured Notes
  • J.P. Morgan in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Polynt-Reichhold by a company controlled by Black Diamond, through an issuance of Secured Notes
  • J.P. Morgan in connection with the financing of the leveraged buyout of Pirelli S.p.A. by ChemChina and associated liability management transaction
  • Credit Suisse in connection with the financing of the acquisition of the carved-out pharma packaging business of Bormioli Rocco S.p.A. by a company controlled by Triton, through an issuance of Senior Secured Notes
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Allfunds Bank S.A. by a company controlled by Hellman & Friedman through an issuance of Senior Secured PIK Toggle Notes
  • Mulhacen Pte. Ltd. in connection with the financing of the acquisition of WiZink Bank S.A. by Värde Partners through an issuance of Senior Secured PIK Toggle Notes
  • J.P. Morgan in connection with the acquisition of AS Roma football club by The Friedkin Group
  • HSBC and Goldman Sachs in connection with an offering by Public Power Corporation S.A. of sustainability-linked Senior Notes
  • Marcolin S.p.A. (a PAI Partners portfolio company) in connection with offerings of Senior Secured Notes
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with offerings by Canary Wharf Group Investment Holdings plc of Senior Secured Notes
  • Bank of America in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Itelyum by Stirling Square through an issuance of Senior Secured Notes
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with an offering by Almaviva S.p.A. of Secured Notes
  • Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and UniCredit in connection with an offering by Moby S.p.A. of Senior Secured Notes
  • Snai S.p.A. in connection with offerings of Senior Secured Notes and Senior Subordinated Notes
  • Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank in connection with offerings by Cerved S.p.A. of Senior Secured and Subordinated Notes
  • Credit Suisse in connection with offerings by Guala Closures S.p.A. of Senior Secured Notes
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with an offering by Haya Real Estate S.A. of Senior Secured Notes
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with offerings by Naviera Armas S.A. of Senior Secured Notes, including in connection with the acquisition of Trasmediterranea
  • J.P. Morgan in connection with an offering by Almirall S.A. of Senior Notes
  • J.P. Morgan in connection with an offering by PortAventura Entertainment Barcelona B.V. (an Investindustrial and KKR portfolio company) of Senior Secured Notes
  • Deutsche Bank in connection with offerings by Lecta S.A. (a CVC portfolio company) of Senior Secured Notes together with a concurrent exchange offer

Thought Leadership

  • The Latham US IPO Guide -  June 30, 2021
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Italian High Yield Issuers -  April 20, 2020
  • PRIIPs and Corporate Bonds — Clarity at Last? -  October 31, 2019
  • Destination Italy Decree – New Legislative Measures to Encourage Debt Capital Markets Transactions -  February 24, 2014
  • Nuove misure per favorire la raccolta di finanziamenti tramite emissioni obbligazionarie – Conversione in legge del Decreto Destinazione Italia -  February 24, 2014
  • Tax Ruling Offers Welcome Clarification on Spanish Regime for Qualifying Bond Offerings -  February 12, 2014
  • New Italian Law Decree to Open Bond Market for Italian Private Companies -  June 20, 2012
  • Navigating Bond Repurchases in Europe and the United Kingdom -  January 19, 2012
  • Recent Changes to CONSOB Rules on Cash Tender Offers and Exchange Offers for Debt Securities Extended into Italy -  September 6, 2011
  • Societa di Piazza Affari, attente ai vostri Adr -  April 24, 2009
  • Rule 12g3-2(b) Exemption Moves to the Web and Changes the Market for Unsponsored ADR Programs -  January 5, 2009
  • The SEC Adopts Amendments to the Rules Governing Cross-Border Tender Offers, Business Combinations and Rights Offerings -  October 13, 2008
  • The SEC Facilitates Foreign Private Issuer Deregistration Under the Exchange Act -  April 11, 2007

According to sources:
"You can do extremely difficult deals with him and he will deliver."
Chambers Global 2021

According to sources:
“An outstanding lawyer, absolutely top-notch”
“He has superb technical knowledge, excellent deal experience and negotiating skills, a great ability to get a mutually agreeable resolution on key issues, and he is very responsive and diligent.”
Chambers Europe 2017

Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
  • New York
Education
  • JD, University of Michigan, 1998
    cum laude
  • BA, Denison University, 1995
    History: Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Industries
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Energy & Infrastructure
Languages
  • Italian
Practices
  • Capital Markets
  • Public Company Representation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions