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Matthew Merkle

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London, United Kingdom W1B 5AN
Fax: +44-20-7367-2554

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Head of European Capital Markets, Matthew Merkle represents private equity sponsors, issuers and investment banks on complex, high-profile transactions across Europe, the United States and emerging markets. Matthew has extensive experience advising clients on high yield debt offerings and other capital markets products in connection with leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations and restructurings.

Awards & Recognitions

Matthew has received numerous recognitions for his work, including his recognition as Band 1 in Capital Markets (High Yield Products) by Chambers UK 2024, as a market leader for Capital Markets: Debt by IFLR1000 UK, and as a leading individual in High Yield by The Legal 500 UK. He was also recognized by The Lawyer “Hot 100” in 2024 and 2017 and by Legal Week in its 2020 list of rising stars in private equity. He has had numerous matters recognized by the IFLR European Awards over the years, including for “Deal of the Year: High Yield” (2023, 2019 and 2016). Matthew is a frequent speaker and writer on legal issues in the industry, and has served as an Editorial Advisory Board Member for The Lexis Practice Advisor Journal.


Matthew advises a wide range of private equity firms and their portfolio companies, including Advent, Altor, Apollo Global Management, Bain Capital, BC Partners, Blackstone, Madison Dearborn Partners and L Catterton, among many others.

Matthew’s recent representative matters have included:

  • The Ardonagh Group, a portfolio company of Madison Dearborn Partners and HPS, in the offering of $2.3 billion of high yield bonds
  • Transcom Holding AB, a portfolio company of Altor Equity Partners, in the issuance of €65 million of senior secured floating rate notes to certain institutional investors
  • House of HR, a portfolio company of Bain Capital, in connection with a €150 million Term Loan B (TLB) add-on to its existing €1.02 billion TLB
  • Fedrigoni, portfolio company of Bain Capital and BC Partners, in its offering of €665 million of high yield bonds
  • Investindustrial:
    • in the financing aspects of its acquisition, alongside The Bagnoli Family, of Forno d'Asolo, from BC Partners
    • and Guala Closures S.p.A. on an offering of €350 million of high yield bonds
  • Bain Capital Private Equity:
    • and Cinven in a new term loan facility for STADA in the €3 billion acquisition and financing for Fedrigoni
    • in the financing for the acquisition of a majority stake in House of HR
    • as part of a consortium, in the financing for their investment in Italian Serie A club Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio S.p.A.
  • Merlin Entertainments, a portfolio company of Blackstone, KIRKBI and CPP Investments, in its €700 million offering of high yield bonds
  • Madison Dearborn Partners on a €500 million high yield bond offering in connection with the financing of the acquisition of MoneyGram International
  • Navacord, controlled by Madison Dearborn Partners, in connection with an offering of $500 million of high yield bonds and in connection with an add-on offering of $100 million of high yield bonds
  • STADA Arzneimittel, a portfolio company of Bain Capital and Cinven, in its successful offer to exchange €1.4 billion in aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 3.5% Senior Secured Notes
  • Engineering Ingegneria Informatica and its shareholders Bain Capital and NB Renaissance Partners in connection with the financing aspects of the acquisition of a majority stake in Be Shaping the Future, including an offering of €385 million of high yield bonds
  • United Group, which is majority-owned by BC Partners, in connection with the:
    • issuance of more than €1.4 billion of senior secured fixed and floating rate notes; €300 million of senior holdco pay-if-you-can PIK, or payment-in-kind, notes; and the upsize and maturity extension of United’s existing revolving credit facility
    • financing for its acquisition of Wind Hellas, including an offering of €980 million fixed and floating rate high yield bonds

Matthew is a Trustee for The Rosetta Art Centre, whose mission is to enrich the wider community of Newham in East London through access to the visual arts, and a member of the Harvard Law School Leadership Council.

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