Bjerke, Bjorn

Bjorn Bjerke


Bjorn Bjerke is a partner in the Finance Group and resident in the New York office. He focuses his practice on representing borrowers, lenders, managers and investors in a broad range of complex financing and derivatives arrangements across a wide spectrum of asset classes including securitizations and other structured financings, various shared collateral and second lien structures, repo facilities, commodity, equity, credit and fund linked derivatives, subscription lines and a variety of funding arrangements tailored to existing purchase commitments such as energy management agreements and airline frequent flyer miles programs. In addition, he has extensive experience representing investors, creditors and managers in complex restructurings, work-outs and acquisitions of distressed and non-performing assets. He is involved in all aspects of deal structuring, negotiation and documentation. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Bjorn was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Selected Experience

  • Advent International and Oberthur Technologies in connection with the market leading refinancing of Oberthur’s senior bank debt with a New York law covenant-lite Term Loan B credit facility consisting of a (i) a €260 million term loan tranche; (ii) a $280 million term loan tranche; and (iii) a €88 million revolving credit facility, arranged by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs International, Lloyds Securities Inc., Barclays Bank Plc, HSBC France and Société Générale S.A., with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as administrative agent
  • Juniper Investment Company as purchaser and borrower in connection with a senior secured financing, including an asset-based revolving credit facility and a term loan, related to the acquisition of Theragenics Corporation arranged by Credit Suisse Loan Funding LLC


  • Columbia University, J.D., 1998
    • James Kent Scholar and John Ordronaux Prize
    • Principal Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review
    • Articles Editor, Columbia J. European Law
  • University of Oslo, Cand. Jur., 1994




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