Financial services

Intense regulation is a constant in financial services, no matter where you operate.

But it doesn’t stop this from being a hugely diverse industry. As disruptive technologies challenge accepted wisdom and brave new funding models take shape, our combination of imaginative thinking and deep industry experience can provide the edge you need.

Our focus areas

Commercial banks

Our experience with commercial banks includes setting up new entrants in the high-street market, through lending transactions to complex cross-border restructuring.

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Underpinning the global banking system is financial technology (FinTech), and our work in the sector ranges from corporate work, like mergers and acquisitions, to technology procurement, systems integration and intellectual property protection.

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Investment banks

We advise investment banks across the range of their operations, including employment, financial disputes, investigations, regulatory, transactional services, insolvency/restructuring, lending, technology, brands and marketing.

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Investment funds

In investment funds, our team has long-standing strengths in fund formation and advisory work, private equity and venture capital transactions. We cover the tax and regulatory aspects too.

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Professional service providers

We support professional service providers to the sector, including regulated financial institutions such as major accountancy and audit practices, on areas such as IT and outsourcing transactions, financial disputes and litigation, restructuring and insolvency projects and employment matters.

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Advised on a £73m development and investment finance facility relating to Imperial College London's new £200m Research and Translation Hub.

BNP Paribas

Advised on the restructuring of a £500m loan fund which utilised extensive currency swaps and an SPV structure.

Barclays Bank

Advised Barclays and a US lender on the US$40m refinancing of Avon Rubber plc (the producer of specialist products in the defence and dairy sectors).


Advised on the provision of payment processing services to start-up high-street bank Metro Bank.


Advised on establishment in the UK and Germany, and on European partner and direct sales arrangements and compliance with European data protection regulations.

Wirecard Group

Advised on the creation and pan-European roll out of Vodafone SmartPass, a multi-functional prepaid product for use with NFC mobile phones.

Investec Bank plc

Advised to support Rutland Partners' £85m acquisition of Maplin Electronics from Montagu Private Equity.


Advised on the employment aspects of its takeover of the European arm of Lehman Brothers. The deal was completed within three days, with 2,500 employees transferring to Nomura.

Deutsche Bank

Represented on the enforcement of a £66m credit facility secured by seven high-value properties in the UK. Commencing High Court proceedings and seven related County Court possession claims.


Advised on all aspects of structuring and establishment of the Niam Nordic VI closed-ended real estate fund with equity commitments of €800 million.

Foresight Group

Advised on the launch of its £60m Regional Investment Fund, targeting small PE investments in the North West of England, as well as a number of environmental infrastructure LP style funds.

CD Capital

Advised on the establishment of CD Capital Natural Resources Fund II, a Cayman Island domiciled fund primarily targeting US institutional investors, and making private equity investments in the natural resources sector.


Advised on drafting and negotiating an agreement for a major strategic alliance with Formula One team McLaren's Applied Technologies business to create a range of innovative client service tools and statutory audit services.

Grant Thornton

Advised on the investigation of international carousel fraud involving up to 20 companies ranging from the Dutch Antilles to continental Europe and North America.


Advised on the administration of MWL Print Group Limited and related subsidiaries, dealing with appointment, commercial and sales issues relating to the asset sale to a competitor.


Fact #6

We helped the City of Tartu, Estonia’s second city with a Eurobond financing

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