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    Helena Sprenger

    Helena Sprenger


    Helena Sprenger is the resident partner in Houthoff Buruma's New York office and advises clients, including many large international corporations, institutional investors and financial institutions, in the context of corporate finance, cross border M&A transactions and international capital markets transactions. She also has a particular expertise in high-value asset financing and (the restructuring of) cross border lease transactions. Helena not only advises under Netherlands law, but also under the laws applicable in the Dutch Caribbean, including Curaçao, Aruba and Suriname. She has extensive experience in coordinating large multinational teams working together in multi-jurisdictional finance transactions. Helena was before joining Houthoff Buruma in 2012 a partner of a leading global law firm where she headed the Dutch law practice in New York until starting her own practice in 2009.

    Recent Matters

    • Nov 2015

      Houthoff Buruma, together with Stikeman Elliott LLP, advised Essar Steel Algoma, Inc. and its (Dutch) group companies in respect of a US$ 200 million DIP-financing, which was provided by Deutsche Bank AG for the purpose of the voluntary proceedings under (i) the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and (ii) chapter 15 of title 11 of the United States Code.

    • Aug 2015

      Houthoff Buruma, together with White & Case, advised the sponsors in a project finance of a test well. Value in excess of US$ 1 billion.

    • May 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised the borrower on a US$ 100 million secured finance transaction arranged by Wells Fargo.

    • May 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised the Fulmer group in an M&A transaction involving the acquisition of BMB Electronics Group.

    • Apr 2015

      Houthoff Buruma, together with Shearman & Sterling, advised JP Morgan and a syndicate of banks on a US$ 1,5 billion refinancing of the acquisition finance relating to the acquisition of AMC Entertainment by Affiliates of J.P. Morgan Partners and Apollo Management.

    • Apr 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised the seller in a private equity transaction regarding a multi-national industrial ink manufacturer with substantial activities in the Netherlands.

    • Nov 2014

      Houthoff Buruma advised the Canadian steel producer Essar Steel Algoma, Inc with respect to (i) the issue of senior and junior secured notes with an aggregate value of USD 625 Million and (ii) a Term Loan and a Revolving Loan with an aggregate value of USD 425 Million.

    • Oct 2014

      Houthoff Buruma advised Trafigura on a USD 3.5 billion financing provided by a syndicate of banks led by The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Societe General and Natixis.

    • Aug 2014

      Houthoff Buruma, together with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, advised JPMorgan and a syndicate of banks in a USD 2 billion aquisition finance of the entertainment group AMC Networks.

    • Jul 2014

      Houthoff Buruma advised the sellers of Polytex Environmental Inks, with factories in the US and the Netherlands, on the sale to a private equity investor.

    • Jun 2013

      Houthoff Buruma advised Wells Fargo on the asset based refinancing of the Colt Defence group, leading designer, developer and manufacturer of small arms and weapons systems for the U.S. Military.

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    Chambers Global (2015 Edition)

    'This firm has significant expertise advising on mandates involving the Dutch Caribbean from its New York office. It has particular experience acting for financial institutions. Helena Sprenger is the client contact for this team'.

    Chambers Global (USA, 2015 Edition)

    'Helena Sprenger of Houthoff Buruma is a much noted expert on issues concerning Dutch jurisdictions and maintains a broad practice covering corporate, finance and capital markets, and demonstrates notable expertise in asset finance'.

    Chambers Global (Curaçao, 2014 Edition)

    This Amsterdam-based team is formed of partners Helena Sprenger and Oscar van Angeren, as well as senior associate Bouke Boersma. The team is best known for advising lenders on export prepayment finance agreements, assisting lenders and borrowers with syndicated credit facilities, handling investment funds and advising corporations on Curaçao corporate law. Sprenger is the main point of contact for the desk.

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