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In brief

Welcome to the May edition of In the Know, Baker McKenzie’s Leveraged Finance newsletter that analyzes significant trends and salient legal issues for participants in leveraged finance and high yield markets around the globe.

In this edition, we highlight the critical role of the project manager, whose functions incorporate aspects of a traditional founder, sponsor, arranger and monitoring agent throughout the life of such transactions.

Key takeaways

Debt for nature swaps are, and have been for several years, a hot topic in both international finance and conservation circles. Accordingly, there is no shortage of commentary by practitioners and observers on debt for nature swaps generally, spanning the gamut from enthusiastic boosterism to sceptical wariness. Other than a brief recap of the central concept, this short article does not aim to repeat the many worthy entries to this genre, but rather to focus in on the role of an oft-overlooked but absolutely central figure to these transactions.

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Matthew is a Banking partner in Baker McKenzie's London office focusing on leveraged and acquisition financing and restructuring.


Tom Egan is a member of the Firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group in Washington, DC, where he previously served as managing partner. He has authored a number of articles for a variety of internal and external publications, and is also a regular speaker on corporate and securities law issues and developments. He previously served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Firm's North America Corporate & Securities Practice Group. Tom also previously served on the Firm's Global Policy Committee and on its North America Regional Management Committee and on the office’s management committee.


James's practice focuses on debt capital markets, securitisation and portfolio sales/acquisitions of both distressed and non-distressed assets. He also has experience across a range of financing transactions and products, including sovereign advisory matters, cross-border restructurings, CLOs and has a rapidly expanding sustainable finance / green bonds practice.


Benjamin is a New York qualified senior associate in the Firm’s Corporate Finance group in London. Prior to joining the Firm in 2019, he worked in a leading US law firm in London. Benjamin has experience advising banks, private clients and borrowers on a wide range of corporate finance transactions, including high yield debt offerings, liability management transactions, syndicated credit facilities and restructuring transactions. Benjamin has also worked on secondment at a leading global investment bank its leveraged finance legal team.


Taryn Brown is a member of the Firm's North America Corporate & Securities Practice Group in our Washington, DC office. Taryn has extensive experience in transactional, corporate governance, financial restructuring, and securities law matters. She advices and counsels clients on a wide variety of legal matters. She has also analyzed and negotiated a wide variety of commercial agreements, including investment, management, vendor, technology, merchandise, employment and lease agreements as well as corporate organizational documents. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Taryn worked as Vice President for a sports and entertainment company specializing in hospitality, merchandise, project management and facility operations. She also worked for a major law firm as a Mergers & Acquisitions Associate where she focused on private equity mergers and acquisitions transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, dispositions, carve-outs and asset manager transactions. She advised public and private clients in a wide variety of corporate deals, including structuring, documenting and closing public offerings, asset manager sales, stock purchases, asset purchases, mergers, restructurings and recapitalizations.


Nick is an associate in the banking and finance team of Baker McKenzie London. Nick acts for lenders and borrowers on leveraged and acquisition finance, real estate finance, corporate lending and general financing matters across a range of sectors and industries. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Nick worked as a journalist in Hong Kong.

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