Adam Levin

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Adam Levin

Partner

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7564 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Adam Levin focuses his practice on advising international corporates, private equity groups and high net worth individuals, particularly with regard to their corporate structuring, governance, private equity and transactional matters and in the course of his practice also handles their disputes and other contentious matters. Mr. Levin's clients are often from Central and Eastern Europe or the United States of America, although typically they are based elsewhere, such as the UK and Switzerland, and have business interests worldwide. His work typically involves structuring around complex issues under an aggressive timeframe and has a significant cross-border element.

Mr. Levin spent a number of years working in Australia where he accrued extensive experience in corporate and commercial transactions, funds, e-commerce, securities laws, venture capital, finance arrangements and joint ventures. He dealt regularly with leading financial institutions such as Bankers Trust, Citicorp, Deutsche Funds Management, ABN Amro and Westpac amongst others.

Since returning to the UK in 1999, Mr. Levin has led significant deals notable for both transactional size and industry prestige.

Mr. Levin is recommended in The Legal 500 UK, 2016 for private equity and is described as "an excellent, precise and experienced lawyer for corporate structuring advice and execution." He was also recommended in The Legal 500 UK, 2014 for private equity. Mr. Levin was formerly a partner in the London office of a leading international firm as well as an Australian law firm. He joined Dechert in September 2005, and is currently chair of the firm's innovation task force.

Experience
  • BalaBit group, an international cyber security group, and its shareholders in connection with a sale of all of the shares in the Group’s Luxembourg holding company, BalaBit S.A., to One Identity Software International Limited, an Affiliate of Quest Software Inc.
  • BXR Group on a large scale cross-border restructuring which involved the redemption of one of the major ultimate owner’s interests in BXR Group Limited, formerly the group’s holding company, in exchange for certain personal interests and the restructuring of assets under a Cypriot joint venture vehicle for a large portion of the group’s ongoing assets. 
  • Balabit IT Security, a Hungarian cyber security business, on an investment by C5 Capital. The investment included the sale of certain existing shares as well as a subscription for new Series A shares. As part of the transaction, the business was restructured into a new Luxembourg holding company named Balabit S.a.r.l. 
  • 1st Rate Investment Limited, a BVI company managed out of Guernsey incorporated specifically for this transaction, on its acquisition from Kleinwort Benson (Guernsey) Trustees Limited of Soul Foods Limited, operator of a KFC franchise business including 18 outlets.
  • BXR Group (through RPG Industries) on its acquisition of OKD a.s., the Czech Republic’s largest coal mining group in the nation’s largest private equity transaction in 2004, the subsequent investment by First Reserve and American Metals and Coals, Inc. in 19% of OKD a.s. in 2006, and their subsequent exit in 2009.
  • BXR Group’s subsidiary New World Resources N.V. (“NWR”) on the merger of its subsidiary specialising in mining gas extraction, DPB, with Green Gas International Limited to form Green Gas International BV in 2007.
  • NWR, by then owner of OKD a.s., on its €300 million high-yield bond issuance in 2007.
  • NWR on its £1.3 billion offering and listing of its ordinary shares on the London, Prague and Warsaw Stock Exchanges, the largest European IPO in 2008.
  • NWR on its €500 million offering of senior secured notes and related refinancing in 2010.
  • BXR Group on the €800 million offer by NWR for Polish listed mining company Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka SA in 2010.
  • Platinum Equity on the purchase of the €1.5 billion European operations of French telecommunications firm Alcatel’s Enterprise Distribution and Services Division across 17 jurisdictions, the £103 million acquisition of Hays plc’s Logistics Services Division across 12 jurisdictions and its €490 million subsequent sale to Kuehne & Nagel.
  • OneTel Limited on its worldwide sale (except Australia) to Centrica plc for £58 million – a transaction which made Centrica the largest provider of indirect telecommunications services in the UK.
  • RPG Industries on its £83 million acquisition of an approximate 25% stake in Ferrexpo plc, the Ukrainian iron ore and natural resources company, and the subsequent transfer of 12% of that stake into Total Return Swaps.

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

Education
  • King’s College London, Law Degree
Admissions
  • England and Wales
Memberships
  • UK Law Society