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Law firm Morrison & Foerster has appointed Benoit Lavigne as a partner in the finance practice in the firm’s London office.

Lavigne (pictured), who has a wealth of experience in complex, cross-border finance matters, comes to Morrison & Foerster from Ropes & Gray, and is the third partner to join the firm’s London office in 2018, following the additions of Caroline Jury, also a highly experienced finance partner who joined from Clifford Chance, and Dan Coppel, a corporate partner who joined from Jones Day.
 
“Benoit is highly regarded in finance circles in London, and his cross-border experience will continue to enhance our ability to support our clients with their growing global finance needs,” says Paul Friedman, Morrison & Foerster’s managing partner for Europe. “I am delighted with the continued robust growth in our London practices, with a steady stream of market-leading partners, counsel and associates joining us from US and magic circle firms since the start of 2018.”
 
Lavigne’s practice focuses primarily on leveraged finance, acquisition finance and special situations lending. He advises lenders, including some of the world’s largest investment banks, as well as issuers/borrowers. Lavigne also has significant experience in refinancing, margin lending and IPO financing.
 
Lavigne’s recent notable transactions include advising a global investment bank in connection with the financing of a sale and leaseback transaction for the purposes of a liability management exercise undertaken by a London-based private equity sponsor; advising an EU-headquartered multinational TMT company on its cross-border equity and debt financings for the acquisition of various portfolio companies; acting for a UK PLC on its circa GBP1.5 billion refinancing; and representing the steering committee of mezzanine lenders in connection with the restructuring of the circa EUR1 billion debt facilities of an EU-headquartered cable group. 
 
“MoFo’s reputation in technology and finance, as well as its collaborative approach, were all compelling reasons for me to come to the firm,” says Lavigne. “I am very pleased to join the growing London office and to further supplement the truly cross-border finance platform that the firm offers to its clients.”
 
Lavigne earned his LLL(Civil Law), cum laude, from the University of Ottawa, Canada and his LLB (Common Law) from the University of Victoria, Canada. He is qualified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, and is also admitted to the Québec bar (Avocat au Barreau du Québec). Lavigne is fluent in French.   
 

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