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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. Before joining Houthoff Buruma in 2012 Helena was a partner of a leading global law firm where she headed the Dutch law practice in New York.

    Recent Matters

    • Sep 2017

      Together with Skadden Arps we advised ExxonMobil on matters of Suriname law in connection with an offshore oil and gas drilling project in Suriname.

    • Jul 2017

      Advised Orbimed Advisors, one of the leading debt investors in the life science sector, in a USD 100 Million debt financing of Pharming Group N.V. a Dutch listed company. The proceeds were used to redeem outstanding convertible bonds and an existing senior debt facility with Sillicon Valley Bank. As part of the transaction Pharming issued 9.2 million warrants to Orbimed.

    • Jul 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised BGI Genomics Co., Ltd. on all Dutch-law aspects in connection with its successful IPO at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. BGI is a leading gene sequencing firm, offering a wide portfolio of genetic testing products across major diseases, enabling medical providers and patients worldwide to realise the promise of genomics-based diagnostics and personalised healthcare.

    • May 2017

      Houthoff Buruma represented Eli Global, LLC in the acquisition of all the outstanding shares in the Dutch life insurance company Nederlandsche Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering Conservatrix N.V.

    • Mar 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised Prime Focus World, a provider of creative and technology services to international film studios, in connection with a secured refinancing arranged by BNP Paribas Fortis and a new mezzanine facility provided by ING Bank.

    • Mar 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised affiliates of Atrium Innovations, a nutritional health products provider, in connection with entering into an amendment to a USD 740 million first lien credit and guarantee agreement arranged by Royal Bank of Canada. This also included the repayment of a USD 150 million second lien credit and guarantee agreement.

    • Mar 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised UBS on matters of Curaçao law in connection with a USD 790 million amended and restated term loan agreement entered into with companies belonging to the Citco group. The companies, including several Citco entities, incorporated under Curaçao law as guarantors and security providers.

    • Feb 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised several US financial institutions in several matters regarding Curaçao securities laws.

    • Feb 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised a Curaçao corporation on its cross-border conversion into a Spanish corporation.

    • Aug 2016

      We advised Bank of America in a USD 150 Million secured finance transaction with a US based multinational chemical corporation. The complex Dutch partnership structure of the borrower created some interesting challenges with respect to the security package to which we found appropriate solutions. We worked together with US co-counsel Shearman & Sterling in this matter.

    • Jul 2016

      Advised Trafigura LLC on matters of St. Eustatius law in connection with a USD 3 billion credit agreement with, inter alia, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd, secured by certain assets located in St. Eustatius.

    • Mar 2016

      Advised CBRE Global Investment Partners, part of one of the world’s premier, full-service commercial real estate services and investment companies, on setting up a Dutch fund targeting European co-investment and joint venture strategies, having raised a total of  USD 840 million of equity sourced from six investors.

    • 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 (USA, 2017 edition) Foreign Experts, Netherlands, Dutch Caribbean

    "New York-based Helena Sprenger is regarded by sources as a go-to practitioner for advice on Dutch Caribbean corporate law and cross-border financings."

    "Sources say: "She's fast to respond, very practical and very personable; she understands people. Because of her, some quite difficult situations have been smoothed over.""

    "Helena co-ordinates multinational teams to take on cross-border transactions involving corporate finance and lease restructuring."

    "She maintains a broad corporate finance and capital markets practice. She is particularly highlighted for her cross-border experience, which includes a focus on deals involving the Netherlands as well as Dutch Caribbean law issues."

    Chambers Global (USA, 2016 edition) Foreign Experts, Netherlands, Curaçao

    'She is routinely sought after to advise on issues with regard to the Netherlands.'

    '"She is responsive, intelligent, practical and super-easy to work with", remarks one impressed source.'

    'She "has a lot of experience, makes you quite comfortable, and will find another way to explain things if you don't understand."'

    'Helena possesses a noted depth of experience in the field of Dutch Caribbean law and is recognised as a specialist in finance transactions.'

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