Amin Doulai is a partner in the leveraged finance practice of Paul Hastings based in the firm's London office.
Mr. Doulai advises senior and junior creditors, alternative capital and private credit funds, as well as listed and private companies, family offices, and private equity houses in relation to all aspects of secured and unsecured debt financing transactions and corporate finance matters.
Mr. Doulai specialises in European and transatlantic leveraged and corporate acquisition finance transactions, general corporate financings, distressed financings and restructurings, and subordinated debt structures (including holdco financings and preferred equity investments).
Accolades and Recognitions
Amin was part of the Paul Hastings team that was named "M&A Team of the Year (Large Deal)" and "Private Equity Deal of the Year" at the Transatlantic Legal Awards 2019, hosted by Legal Week and The American Lawyer. The M&A deal featured wasTeleperformance's acquisition of Intelenet, and the private equity deal wasAbry Partners' acquisition of Link Mobility.
Amin was awarded the Paul Hastings "Pro Bono Innovator of the Year Award" in 2019 for assisting in the firm's collaborative partnership with the Youth Justice Legal Centre of Just for Kids Law, a leading U.K. children's charity.
Amin was part of the Paul Hastings team that was presented with the inaugural award for "Excellence in Access to Justice" at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2019. The award-"to recognise those who champion access to legal services for those who need it most"-was for Paul Hastings' partnership with multiple charities (particularly the Youth Justice Legal Centre and Just For Kids Law).
The College of Law, Sydney, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, 2008
The University of Wollongong, Australia, Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), 2007
The University of Wollongong, Australia, Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & International Studies) (with Distinction), 2007
Paul Hastings Translates Trends in Transatlantic Acquisition Finance, The Lawyer, May 2020
A Comparison of Key Provisions in U.S. and European Leveraged Loan Agreements, International Comparative Legal Guides-Lending & Secured Finance, 2014 - 2017
Realising What It's Worth: Duties of Secured Lenders, International Financial Law Review, May 2016
Till Default Do Us Part: Facility Agreements and Acceleration, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, October 2013
Solicitor, England & Wales
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
Mr. Doulai's notable representations include:
Public and private acquisition financings
Representing Abry Partners in connection with the unitranche financing provided by Barings and ICG to support the recommended public-to-private acquisition of LINK Mobility valued at €357.8 million. This deal was awarded the 2019 "Private Equity Deal of the Year" at the Transatlantic Legal Awards and the 2019 "Most Innovative Deal of the Year" by The Deal
Representing Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the other mandated lead arrangers on a US$3 billion financing package for Bain Capital's acquisition of a majority stake in Kantar from British multinational advertising and public relations firm WPP
Representing the mandated lead arrangers in connection with a US$1,580 million financing package in relation to Nordic Capital's acquisition of Advanz Pharma
Representing Barings in connection with the senior financing supporting the acquisition of Trace One by Symphony Technology Group
Representing Oakley Capital in connection with the debt financing for its investment in Dexters
Representing Oakley Capital on a US$130 million drawn committed senior facility financing in respect of its acquisition of maritime e-learning businesses Seagull and Videotel
Representing Abry Partners in relation to the financing aspects of its disposal of Basefarm Holding AS to the Orange Group for €350 million
Representing Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. in connection with the financing of its US$5.3 billion public acquisition of Amlin plc
Representing P. Morgan Securities LLC as financial advisor to Equinix, Inc. in connection with the financing of the US$3.6 billion public acquisition of Telecity Group plc
Project and corporate financings
Representing Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs as global coordinators for the debut US$325 million high-yield notes issuance of ADES International, a leading oil & gas drilling and production services provider in the Middle East and North Africa
Representing the syndicate of lenders consisting of China Development Bank, SMBC and the Colombian development institution Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, in the dual-currency COP-USD financing of circa US$652 million, for the development, construction, and operation of the 4G road Autopista al Mar 2 in Colombia
Representing VTTIV. with the refinancing of its €500 million and US$270 million revolving credit facilities and the establishment of a new US$650 million revolving credit facility
Representing Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. and Jacobs U.K. Limited in connection with a $1 billion term loan facility
Representing EchoStar Corporation in the cross-border refinancing and reorganization of the capital structure of Globalstar, Inc., including a new second lien facility, comprising a US$190 million term loan facility and common stock warrants
Representing Brookfield Business Partners in relation to the financing aspects of the merger of two of its portfolio companies, U.K.-headquartered Greenergy, an international supplier of transportation fuels, and BG Fuels, a leading Canadian gasoline and convenience retailer
Representing HellermannTyton in the establishment of an €80 million super senior revolving facility agreement in connection with its €215 million senior secured notes offering
Representing Avanza Spain S.A.U. in the establishment of a €50 million super senior revolving credit facility in connection with its €315 million and €175 million 144A/Reg. S notes offering
Representing TMF Group in connection with the refinancing of its €645 million high yield bonds with a €660 million covenant-lite Term Loan B and a €90 million revolving credit facility
Distressed financings and restructurings
Representing Outokumpu Oyj in connection with the comprehensive restructuring of its debt facilities, including the establishment of a new €500 million liquidity facility and refinancing of its €900 million revolving credit facility
Representing Central European Distribution Corporation in its US$665 million debt restructuring and acquisition by Russian Standard Corporation
Representing Seat Pagine Gialle S.p.A. in its filing for a composition with creditors for the restructuring of its senior secured bonds and debt facilities
Representing 20:20 Mobile Group in the restructuring of its debt facilities