Kevin-Paul Deveau

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Kevin-Paul Deveau

Counsel

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7485 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Kevin-Paul Deveau is Counsel in Dechert’s Global Finance group, and he advises clients on a broad range of domestic and cross-border debt finance transactions, including fund finance, acquisition finance, real estate finance, project finance, general corporate lending, and restructuring.

Mr. Deveau has extensive experience in emerging markets, including advising on market-leading transactions in Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. His work in emerging markets includes leveraged acquisitions, margin loans, real estate finance, project finance, commodity finance, bespoke shareholder financing arrangements, and financial accommodation provided or supported by government agencies and DFIs (including OPIC, IFC, EBRD, and EIB).

Mr. Deveau specialises in fund finance, and he regularly advises funds on financing matters, including bridge and gearing facilities, intra-fund finance and structuring issues, and finance considerations related to fund formation. He also regularly provides finance and emerging markets advice to private equity clients.

Mr. Deveau’s practice includes advising banks, financial institutions, alternative lenders, and borrowers on leverage acquisitions and asset-backed finance transactions across a range of jurisdictions and sectors.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Deveau worked in the London and Bucharest offices of a Magic Circle law firm and in the Toronto office of a leading Canadian law firm.

Experience
  • AGC Equity Partners on a bond loan financing for the redevelopment of the Astir Palace hotel in Athens, Greece.
  • A leading private equity firm on the senior financing for its proposed acquisition of a European manufacturing group.
  • An Asian private equity fund on its subscription facility from Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited.
  • A German private equity fund on its subscription facility from Silicon Valley Bank.
  • A European credit fund on fund formation and related financing issues, including investor relations and intra-fund financing arrangements.
  • The lender on a construction financing for a mixed-use development in London, United Kingdom.
  • The lender on acquisition financing for a leading emerging markets private equity firm related to its acquisition of an emerging markets payment services company.
  • A leading Asian private equity firm on a New York law margin loan facility.
  • A leading international bank on an advance purchase agreement and related commercial arrangements for the purchase of petroleum products.
  • Mid Europa Partners on the senior financing for the leveraged buy-out of Profi Foods (Romania).
  • Mid Europa Partners on matters related to the senior financing for the leveraged buy-out of Regina Maria (Romania).
  • Mid Europa Partners on matters related to the senior financing for the leveraged buy-out of Danube Foods Group (Serbia).
  • A leading emerging markets private equity firm on a series of margin loans related to its shareholding in an emerging markets services company.
  • A leading international bank, as arranger, facility agent and lender, on the financing of the acquisition of shares in an Indian company.
  • CDI Corporation in relation to debt matters related to its disposal of its UK subsidiary, CDI AndersElite.
  • Crown Holdings in relation to various bond, loan and security matters.
  • Primavera Capital Fund II in relation to its subscription facility and related debt and fund formation matters.
  • Axiom Asia in relation to the increase and amendment of its funds subscription facilities.
  • Apollo Capital Management in relation to risk retention financing related to ALME Loan Funding V CLO.
  • EBRD in connection with loans to Majid Al Futtaim in connection with the development of big box retail centres in Georgia.
  • The mandated lead arrangers in relation to the senior facilities provided to BC Partners for its acquisition of Springer Science+Business Media, including the subsequent financing provided in connection with the merger of Springer with certain entities within the Holtzbrinck publishing group.
  • Barclays Bank PLC and HSBC Bank plc in connection with Brake Bros’ refinancing of its senior bank facilities with bond proceeds, including the related conduit loan structure and a new revolving credit facility.
  • UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Yapı Kredi Bankası A.Ş. in relation to financing provided to Blackstone Real Estate Partners for its acquisition of three shopping centres in Turkey, which was Blackstone’s first transaction in Turkey.
  • Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch in connection with the purchase of a €495,000,000 portfolio of real estate loans from Volksbank Romania.
  • Türkiye Garanti Bankası A.Ş., Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş., Akbank T.A.Ş., Türkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası A.Ş., and The Commercial Bank of Qatar as the mandated lead arrangers in connection with senior facilities made available to Migros Ticaret A.Ş.
  • Türkiye Garanti Bankası A.Ş. and Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş. in connection with the acquisition of UN Ro-Ro İşletmeleri A.Ş. by Actera Holdings Limited and Esas Holding AS from KKR.
  • Türkiye Garanti Bankası A.Ş. and Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş. in connection with the acquisition of UN Ro-Ro İşletmeleri A.S. by KKR.
  • The mandated lead arrangers in relation to senior financing for Investcorp’s acquisition of SPGPrints.
  • Telefónica, S.A. on financing matters relating to the €2.5 billion sale of its shareholding in Telefónica Czech Republic, a.s. to PPF Group.
  • Innova Capital in connection with senior facilities provided by a club of Austrian and Romanian banks for its acquisition of EnergoBit, a Romanian producer of smart electricity meters.
  • Actis on financing for its acquisition of a minority stake in Integrated Diagnostics Holdings, a medical services group active in Egypt and North Africa.
  • Actis in relation to financing for its acquisition of Emerging Markets Payments Holdings, a payments company active in Jordan, Egypt, and South Africa.
  • Actis in relation to financing for its investment in Commercial International Bank (Egypt) and Actis’ successful exit from the investment.
  • Actis in relation to financing for its investment in Infrastructure Development Finance Company (India).
  • Actis in relation to finance and other related matters on its US$250 million investment in Zuma Energía, a Mexican energy platform.
  • A private equity fund active in emerging markets in connection with a loan facility from OPIC.
  • EBRD in connection with a loan to the Romanian subsidiary of an international manufacturing group.
  • EBRD on financing for Banca Comercială Română SA for the purpose of facilitating SME lending.
  • DNB NOR Bank ASA in relation to senior facilities provided to BC Partners for its acquisition of the Nille business in Scandinavia.
  • UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG, and WestLB AG, London Branch in relation to the senior facilities provided to BC Partners for its acquisition of FutureLAB.
  • UniCredit Bank Austria AG in relation to financing the development of Phase 2 of the South Gate development outside Moscow, Russia.
  • UniCredit Bank Austria AG in relation to financing the development of an Auchan-anchored retail centre in Craiova, Romania.
  • UniCredit Bank Austria AG in relation to financing the development of a shopping centre in Adana, Turkey.
  • Erste Group Bank AG in relation to the refinancing of a shopping centre in Târgu Mureș, Romania.
  • Erste Group Bank AG and Banca Comercială Română SA in relation to a proposed financing for a significant manufacturing group in Romania.
  • Actis in relation to various bridge facilities provided to various Actis fund entities.
  • Permira Debt Managers in relation to financing provided to entities in the Permira Credit Solutions II fund.
  • Stirling Square Capital Partners in relation to various financing arrangements.
  • ING Bank N.V., London Branch in relation to bridge financing provided to a listed fund entity.
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland plc in relation to bridge financing provided to fund entities.
  • Finance parties in relation to financing for a large gas producer, the first reserve-based lending transaction in Romania.
  • A syndicate of banks in connection with financing provided to a Balkan oil company.
  • Citibank in relation to financing for Transelectrica SA, including related arrangements with the European Investment Bank.
  • Barclays Bank PLC and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc in relation to restructuring finance provided to Clinton Cards plc.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

Education
  • University of Toronto, B.A. (Hons), 2002
  • University of Toronto, J.D. and M.A., 2005
Admissions
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada – non-practising; licence surrendered
Languages
  • English
  • French