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U. ARINZE IKE

SENIOR COUNSEL

ADDRESS

551 Fifth Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10176

DIRECT DIAL

212.880.9856

EMAIL

aike@kkwc.com

Arinze’s diverse transactional practice is focused on capital markets and private M&A. He has represented US and international issuers, funds, family offices, and financial institutions in a wide variety of public and private capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate governance, liability management, Investment Company Act issues and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting matters.

His M&A experience includes advising on complex portfolio acquisitions, joint ventures, stock and asset purchases, mergers, private equity and venture capital investments and PIPEs.

With an extensive background in capital market transactions, Arinze’s experience includes structuring and leading offerings of high-yield and convertible debt, secondary equity offerings, secured and unsecured credit facilities, Regulation D offerings, exchange offers, consent solicitations, and other public and private equity and debt offerings as well as seed investments in hedge fund, venture capital fund and private equity investment managers. Arinze advises domestic and international clients with respect to corporate governance and other securities law and corporate matters.

Arinze was named a "Rising Star" by New York Super Lawyers in 2017.

Representative Capital Markets Transactions:

  • Representing large and medium sized hedge funds as lenders in various secured and unsecured debt transactions.
  • Representing lending arm of a hedge fund with over $30 billion in AUM in connection with $125 million secured facility.
  • Representing a family office as a lender in connection with $20 million accounts receivable based lending facilities.
  • Representing venture capital funds with over $100 million in AUM with ongoing investments in U.S. and foreign portfolio companies.
  • Representing various airlines in connection with the issuance of billions of dollars of aggregate face amount enhanced equipment trust certificates in registered and unregistered offerings.*
  • Representing lead underwriters in connection with the issuance of billions of dollars of aggregate principal amount of bonds.*
  • Representing investors and issuers in connection with the securitization of billions of dollars of aviation related and other assets.*
  • Representing the Lehman Brothers Inc. SIPA trustee in connection with the winding down of various securitizations and financial derivative contracts.*
  • Representing a newly formed investment adviser in connection with the formation of a fund and the issuance of securities by the newly formed fund.*
  • Representing issuers in connection with various public and private equity offerings.
  • Representing investors in connection with equity investments in public and private companies.
  • Representing a large trader in connection with an $600 million collar with respect to publicly traded equity.*
  • Representing aviation, newspaper and print distribution companies in connection with consent solicitations and exchange offers.*
  • Advising on United States Investment Company Act of 1940 matters in connection with securitizations and credit facilities.

Representative M&A and Private Equity Transactions:

  • Representing a hedge fund with over $30 billion in AUM in connection with acquisitions of portfolios of venture capital funds.
  • Representing a hedge fund with over $30 billion in AUM in connection with investments in portfolio companies.
  • Representing investment managers in connection with seeding investments.
  • Representing a hedge fund in connection with entering into and exiting real estate joint ventures.
  • Representing a medium sized private equity fund in connection with seed investment in a venture capital fund manager.*
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company with over a $100 billion market capitalization in connection with a divestiture and exiting from a joint venture.*
  • Representing private equity firms in connection with a variety of mid-market acquisitions and dispositions.*
  • Representing a media conglomerate in connection with acquisitions and divestitures.*
  • Representing a printing company in connection with various stock and asset acquisitions.*
  • Representing investment banks in connection with fairness opinions.*

*Work on this matter was performed while practicing at a prior firm.

EDUCATION

Columbia Law School, J.D., 2006
Duke University, B.S., 2002

BAR ADMISSION

2007, New York

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