Ali-Khan

Samita T. Ali-Khan

Partner
New York

I work closely with clients on pragmatic legal solutions for raising capital, managing distressed situations, completing strategic investments and addressing other current and future business needs.

Samita T. Ali-Khan primarily represents companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks in a variety of equity and debt transactions in the capital markets. Samita also counsels her clients on compliance and reporting, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and other finance transactions, both domestically and internationally.

 

Samita advises a wide range of private equity sponsors and public and private corporate clients in exempt high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings and private placement debt offerings in the U.S., Europe and Asia. 

Samita also has notable experience advising banks and issuers in registered and private placement equity and rights offerings, representing banks and private equity sponsors in syndicated loan financings, advising corporate clients and private equity sponsors in cross-border restructurings of stressed and distressed businesses through various liability management exercises, and representing corporate clients in standalone mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining Foley Hoag, Samita was a partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis and previously an associate in the London and New York offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Education

  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2015
  • The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 2012
    • Phi Beta Kappa: America’s Oldest Academic Honor Society
    • Alpha Kappa Delta: International Sociology Honor Society
    • Psi Chi: International Honor Society in Psychology
    • University Honors Certificate in Social Inequality
    • Coleman Award for Undergraduate Achievement in Sociology

Bar and Court Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • New York
  • Maryland

Languages

  • Bengali

Experience

INVESTMENT-GRADE AND HIGH-YIELD BOND OFFERINGS
  • The consortium led by Advent, Cinven and the RAG-Stiftung in one of their affiliates’ €4.7 billion (equivalent) bond offering towards financing the acquisition of the elevator division of thyssenkrupp AG, slated to have been the largest-ever European buyout transaction.
  • Iliad Holding S.A.S. in its €3.7 billion (equivalent) bond offering towards financing the public tender offer for Iliad Group, slated to have been the largest high-yield bond offering by a European issuer in 2021
  • The initial purchasers in connection with the $2 billion bond offering by Credit Suisse Group Funding (Guernsey) Limited
  • Algeco Scotsman Global Finance plc and Algeco Scotsman Global Finance 2 plc in their $1.7 billion (equivalent) bond offering
  • EG Global Finance plc in its €1.6 billion (equivalent) bond offering
  • Banijay Group S.A.S. in its €365 million bond offering and subsequently advised Banijay Entertainment S.A.S. and Banijay Group S.A.S. in their €1.3 billion (equivalent) bond offering towards financing the acquisition of Endemol Shine
  • Smurfit Kappa in four distinct capital raises, comprising its €1.0 billion inaugural green bond offering, €750 million bond offering, €400 million bond offering and €600 million bond offering
  • Blackstone in one of its affiliates’ £640 million (equivalent) bond offering towards financing the recommended cash offer for Merlin Entertainments, valuing Merlin at £4.77 billion, and subsequently advised Merlin Entertainments Group in its €500 million bond offering
  • Lone Star Funds in one of its affiliates’ €515 million bond offering towards financing the acquisition of the Stark Group
  • Iglo Foods BondCo Plc in its €500 million bond offering
  • Sensata Technologoes B.V. in its $500 million bond offering
  • Maxeda DIY Holding B.V. in its €475 million bond offering, with this transaction winning the “Europe High- Yield Bond” award at the IFR Awards 2017, and in its subsequent €420 million bond offering
  • Parts Europe S.A. in its €380 million bond offering
  • Norican A/S in its €340.0 million bond offering towards financing the acquisition by The Norican Group of Light Metal Casting Solutions GmbH
  • Intelligent Packaging Holdco Issuer Limited Partnership in its $125 million bond offering. Subsequently advised Intelligent Packaging Limited in its $100 million bond offering
EQUITY AND RIGHTS OFFERINGS
  • The underwriters in connection with the CHF 6 billion rights offering by Credit Suisse of registered shares
  • EQT on its partial exit from leading Finnish private healthcare company Terveystalo Oy via IPO on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd
  • Comera Life Sciences in an equity line of credit relating to the sale of up to $15 million of its common stock, with an option to increase to $30 million
OTHER DEBT FINANCINGS
  • Lantheus Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNTH) in a Rule 144A offering of $575 million aggregate principal amount of its 2.625% convertible senior notes due 2027
  • Goldman Sachs, Park Square and NGA Human Resources on the sale of NGA’s UK mid-market and small and medium business divisions.
  • Advised Starwood Capital on the intention to launch a Public Takeover Offer for CA Immobilien Anlagen AG
  • Credit Suisse in arranging a $250 million first‐lien term loan facility towards financing the acquisition by TexOak Petroflow Holdings LLC of Equal Energy Ltd
RESTRUCTURINGS & LIABILITY MANAGEMENT
  • Agrokor d.d. in a restructuring of its debt volume of approximately €6 billion
  • Noble Group Limited on its $3.5 billion dollar global restructuring, the largest restructuring that Asia had seen in recent times, leading to this transaction being named “Restructuring Deal of the Year” by IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2019 and “Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring” by The Asia Legal Awards 2019. Subsequently advised Noble Group in a number of tender offers and consent solicitations. Most recently advised Noble Group on the successful $1.3 billion financial restructuring of its trading business.
  • China Logistics Property Holdings Co., Ltd in its consent solicitation relating to approximately HK$1 billion in aggregate principal amount of notes, and subsequently in its tender offer relating to $150 million in aggregate principal amount of notes
  • China Minsheng Investment Group and its subsidiaries in their consent solicitation relating to $500 million in aggregate principal amount of notes
  • LSF9 Balta Issuer S.à r.l. in its exchange offer for €234.9 million in aggregate principal amount of notes
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
  • ibibo Group in its business combination with MakeMyTrip Limited, forming one of India’s largest online travel companies
PRO BONO
  • Volunteers with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, a non-profit organization that provides direct legal and advocacy assistance to domestic violence victims, at-risk children, and other vulnerable individuals
  • Advised Freedom Now, a non-profit organization that works to free prisoners of conscience through legal, political and public relations advocacy efforts, on how defamation laws across multiple jurisdictions may be interpreted and used against human rights organizations and campaigners seeking to identify individual human rights violators.
  • Investigated two separate claims of wrongful conviction based upon coerced confessions obtained by torture at the hands of law enforcement in Chicago, to prepare dispositions for review and action by the Illinois Torture Inquiry Relief Commission.
  • Assisted a local law center in London in analyzing intake files of survivors of the 2017 Grenfell Towers fire and their neighbors to coordinate a response in future humanitarian emergencies.
  • Advised emerging companies and not-for-profit organizations in creating template employment and sub-contractor agreements.
  • Advised low-income residents in resolving a variety of housing issues across London.
  • Advised low-income residents in enforcing powers of attorney in the United Kingdom to manage financial affairs of relatives who had become mentally incapacitated. 

Honors & Involvement

HONORS
  • Transatlantic Legal Awards, “Transatlantic Debt Capital Markets Team of the Year,” 2017
  • “Europe High-Yield Bond” award at the IFR Awards 2017 for Maxeda DIY Holding B.V.’s offering of €475 million 6 1/8% Senior Secured Notes
  • “Restructuring Deal of the Year” by IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2019 and “Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring” by The Asia Legal Awards 2019 for Noble Group Limited’s global restructuring in 2018
INVOLVEMENT
  • Member, Women's Leadership Initiative, Women's Bar Association (2023)
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
  • The Society of Asian Lawyers
  • New York City Bar Association
  • National Association of Muslim Lawyers
  • South Asian Bar Association

Speaking Engagements