Firms: Allen & Overy (banks), Arnold Bloch Leibler (Exego group)
Deal: Replacing Exego's existing leverage finance facility
Value: $295 million
Key players: Banking partner Angela Flannery (pictured) led the A&O team, with the support of senior associate Sophie Chamberlinand associate Dounia Ibrahim, acting for the joint global coordinator banks for the refinancing, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays Bank plc. Partner Genevieve Sexton led the Arnold Bloch Leibler team.
Deal significance: Exego Group has four main business units, with the most well known being Repco. As one of Australasia's 25 most-recognised brands and the most-recognised automotive consumer brand, Repco supplies the automotive after-market through both retail and trade channels. This deal involves a refinancing of a large Australian corporate group arranged by international financial institutions. The refinancing shows that there is still strong demand (and supply) in the local syndicated debt markets and is a prime example of a leveraged financing transaction being refinanced on corporate terms.