Practice & Background

John Clark focuses on U.K. and international corporate finance, including equity and debt offerings, public and private mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and onshore and offshore investment funds. In addition, he advises hedge, private equity and other investment funds in the United States and in the United Kingdom on capital raisings, principal investments, credit derivatives, merger arbitrage, shareholder activism, financial restructurings and general tactical advice.

Mr. Clark is listed as an expert for Investment Funds in Legal Experts and is recognized in the Legal 500 and IFLR 1000

Representative Matters

Mr. Clark’s past engagements include:

  • ABN AMRO Bank NV—acting for several hedge funds in connection with a hostile takeover of ABN
  • Activist Shareholder Strategies—counsel to a number of hedge funds in pursuing activist shareholder/creditor strategies relating to numerous public companies
  • All Weather Fund—establishment of Gibraltar experienced investor fund
  • Ashtenne Holdings PLC—$155.4 million public acquisition by Industrial Funds Limited, a joint venture owned by Warner Estate Holdings PLC and Anglo Irish Bank Corporation PLC
  • Alinta Energy—representation of lender on restructuring
  • British Energy PLC—counsel to major investor in debt and equity restructuring of British Energy
  • Citigroup, Inc., J.P. Morgan & Co—$850 million of 4.8 percent senior notes in a public offering by BHP Billiton Finance (USA) Limited
  • CQS—counsel to underwriter on issue of convertible bonds by China Gas
  • Cube Capital representation of hedge fund on various matters
  • Dexion Absolute Limited in connection with its IPO, numerous secondary issues and corporate restructuring
  • Dexion Commodities in connection with its IPO, corporate restructuring and winding up
  • Dexion Equity Alternative Limited in connection with its IPO, secondary issue, corporate restructuring and winding up
  • Dexion Trading Limited in connection with its IPO, corporate restructuring and secondary issues
  • Distressed M&A—representation of a number of hedge funds in connection with acquisition through pre-pack administrations and subsequent realization of those investments
  • Drax Group—counsel to major investor in proposed takeover and subsequent IPO
  • Eggborough—acting for a major investor in connection with Eggborough Power
  • Game Digital plc—representation of major investor on the IPO of Game
  • Goldman Sachs Dynamic Opportunities—counsel to issuer in IPO and subsequent secondary issue and winding up
  • Gottex Market Neutral Trust—counsel to issuer in connection with its IPO of fund of hedge funds, continuation vote and other proposals and subsequent winding down
  • Hedge funds—acting for numerous hedge funds on private equity style investments
  • HL Income & Growth Trust plc—stock-for-stock merger with Aberdeen High Income Trust PLC
  • Hoare Govett Limited—$23 million of ordinary shares in a recommended offer by Land Race Limited for the share capital of Property Income and Growth Trust plc
  • Independent News and Media—represented bondholders in the successful equitization and subsequent rights issue
  • ING Barings—$23 million of ordinary shares in an initial public offering to be listed on the Alternative Investment Market by Earthport PLC
  • J.P. Morgan & Co—representation of financial adviser to Italy’s Eni SpA in connection with financing for its successful $5.25 billion bid for British independent oil company LASMO plc
  • Liquidnet Inc.—representation of dark pool liquidity provider
  • Meinl—represented an investor in three Meinl sponsored funds in connection with activist investor strategies
  • Merger arbitrage advice—advising numerous hedge funds in connection with takeover situations involving U.K. companies
  • Oxiana Limited—representation of issuer on offering of $105 million convertible bond offering listed in Luxembourg
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation—representation of issuer on offering of $281.8 million of 6.25 percent Notes in a Regulation S offering, managed by Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Schroder Salomon, Smith Barney and Bank of America International Limited
  • Parkwood Corporation —representation of seller - $98.5 million sale of 9.9 percent equity interest in Premier Farnell plc to Cazenove & Co. Ltd.
  • Pentamedia Graphics Limited—representation of issue of $100 million of GDRs in a public offering and related listing on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • Perry Capital Management Inc.—purchase of equity shares in a private placement by Resolution Life Group and subsequent disposal
  • Perry Capital Management Inc. in connection with refinancing of minority interest in Southern Water and subsequent sale to RBS
  • Schefenacker—representation of creditor group on issue of warrants on financial restructuring
  • TI Automotive—representation of lender on restructuring
  • TSB Bank—privatization and IPO
  • TSB Channel Islands—demerger and IPO
  • TSB in connection with:
    • acquisition of Hill Samuel
    • £9 billion merger with Lloyds Bank
  • U.K. Government Brokers—representation of the U.K. government’s brokers on the privatizations of the Regional Electricity Companies, the Generating Companies and Northern Ireland Electricity
  • Wagon Plc—representing the creditor group on the issue of warrants on financial restructuring.

Awards & Accolades

  • Legal 500 2017, Private Equity: Transactions
  • Legal 500 2016, Corporate/M&A and Investment Funds: Hedge Funds
  • IFLR 1000, Investment Funds: Hedge Funds
  • Legal Experts, Investment Funds.