CMS is delighted to share the honours in the winning entry for the IFLR Europe Award 2023 for “Deal of the Year” in the category of “Structured Finance & Securitisation”.
The IFLR Europe Awards focus on Europe’s most innovative legal cross-border work and the law firms advising them. Led by Corporate partner Rodica Manea on the Romanian part, CMS was a key adviser to B2Holding Group in the highly complex cross-border restructuring and securitization of its secured loan business with Pimco as the anchor financier. The transaction achieved Oslo-listed B2’s goals and enabled them to access a new source of finance.
CMS teams in Romania, Austria, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia advised on this transaction, which spanned eight jurisdictions and developed a hybrid transactional structure that would work across the varied countries, unique in many of the jurisdictions.
Rodica Manea comments: “We are honored to have advised on this deal, and to share the honours of winning the IFLR’s 2023 Structured Finance & Securitisation Deal of the Year in Europe. This confirms CMS continued efforts to maintain its leading position in the legal market and represents our firm’s commitment to excellence and our deep expertise in the field of financial services.”
The CMS Romania main team advising B2Holding included Alina Tihan, Raluca Ionescu, Simona Strava and Diana Dona (Corporate & Finance). The wider team included Claudia Nagy and Cristina Ciomos (Corporate); Cristina Popescu (Commercial); Cristina Reichmann and Adina Nanescu (Finance).
The award ceremony was held on 3 May in London.
Founded in 1999, CMS is an integrated, multi-jurisdictional organisation of law firms that offers full-service legal and tax advice. With 78 offices in over 40 countries across the world and more than 5,000 lawyers, CMS has long-standing expertise both in advising in its local jurisdictions and across borders. From major multinationals and mid-caps to enterprising start-ups, CMS provides the technical rigour, strategic excellence and long-term partnership to keep each client ahead in its chosen markets.
The CMS member firms provide a wide range of expertise across 19 practice areas and sectors, including Corporate / M&A, Energy & Climate Change, Funds, Life Sciences & Healthcare, TMC, Tax, Banking & Finance, Commercial, Antitrust, Competition & Trade, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Pensions, Intellectual Property and Real Estate.
CMS offices and associated offices: Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Algiers, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Beirut, Belgrade, Bergen, Berlin, Bogotá, Bratislava, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Casablanca, Cologne, Dubai, Duesseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Funchal, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kyiv, Leipzig, Lima, Lisbon, Liverpool, Ljubljana, London, Luanda, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Manchester, Mexico City, Milan, Mombasa, Monaco, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, Oslo, Paris, Podgorica, Poznan, Prague, Reading, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Santiago de Chile, Sarajevo, Shanghai, Sheffield, Singapore, Skopje, Sofia, Stavanger, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Utrecht, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb and Zurich.