09 December 2020 I Deals and Cases

Bär & Karrer Advised Temasek in the Recapitalisation of gategroup

On 26 November 2020 gategroup Holding AG (gategroup, together with its subsidiaries the "Group") announced that its shareholders, RRJ Capital and Temasek, and all of the Group’s bank lenders under the senior facilities agreement dated 30 November 2018 have agreed to the key terms and conditions of a comprehensive recapitalisation of gategroup and amendments of the Group’s financial indebtedness instruments. As part of the transaction, the shareholders, through their affiliates, have entered into a CHF 200 million senior secured interim liquidity facility with gategroup and will contribute, subject to certain conditions, overall CHF 500 million of new funding. The transaction will allow gategroup to weather the current headwinds caused by the dramatic downturn in travel demand as a result of COVID 19, and position itself for a post-COVID future as a leaner business. The transaction is conditional on the extension of the maturity of the Group’s CHF denominated bond to February 2027.

Bär & Karrer acted as Swiss legal adviser to Temasek in this transaction. The team was led by Rolf Watter and included Lukas Roesler (Capital Markets) and Thomas Rohde (Restructuring)