22 September 2011
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised Mint Hotels on its refinancing and subsequent sale to Blackstone. Mint Hotels owns eight hotels, including two of the largest hotels in London and one of the largest hotels in Amsterdam.
The refinancing team at Freshfields was led by finance partner Adam Gallagher with support from Paul Ingram, Wolf Harlfinger and Anna Annenkova. The subsequent sale was led by Chris Mort, a corporate partner and head of the Leisure sector group at Freshfields, with support from Claire Pardo and Timothy Deacon.
The Freshfields team also comprised partners Annette Byron (real estate) and Helen Lethaby (tax), senior associates Victoria Hills (real estate), Todd Kramers and Paul Concannon (tax), and associates Lauren Giblin (finance), Holly Insley (EPB), Emily Meredith Hardy, Sue Aston, Joanna Davies, Domini Hobson, Quynh Nguyen and senior associate Margaret Rhodes (real estate).
David Shearer Chief Strategic Adviser and a Director of Mint, who worked closely on the transaction said, ‘this was one of the largest hotels deals in Europe since 2007, done against a difficult economic backdrop and while the business was opening substantial new hotels in both London and Amsterdam. The advice and input of the Freshfields team in all aspects of the restructuring and subsequent sale was a vital part of its successful execution and we would like to thank them for their support throughout.’