Banking and finance

Our team of finance lawyers provides a specialist service for banks, lenders, businesses and sponsors and can advise across the range of finance options, from debt financing to equity fundraisings and crowdfunding.

We have been a key part of the European debt mid-market for years. Our work for lenders is characterised by high-quality risk management delivered in a commercially appropriate way. Our bank-panel positions make us an obvious choice for multi-bank transactions. We also advise major public companies, sponsors and private companies alike, providing commercial debt advice that goes far beyond legal documents.

Our multi-jurisdictional team regularly implements cross-border financing transactions, calling on a team of experts from across the firm. Our cross-border team work together frequently to a common standard and to deliver our clients’ goals.

With a senior-led team and a wide breadth of experience we can give both borrowers and lenders an advantage when it comes to making and implementing important financing decisions. The regular awards we win for our contribution to European financings are testimony to a peerless market reputation.

Experience


BNP Paribas

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

Grifols

Advised on a US$1.5bn unsecured bridge financing for the acquisition of a diagnostic unit that was part of the Novartis Group.

St James’ Place

Advised the UK’s four leading high street banks – Barclays, RBS, Lloyds and HSBC in lending £250 million to FTSE 100 company St James’s Place.

Synergy Health

Advised on a $1bn abortive acquisition facility which was led by Barclays and HSBC. This was a substantial acquisition of a Canadian entity, which required understanding Canadian take-over rules.

Lloyds Banking Group

Instructed on a £64m senior development facility for the development of a mixed-use site (commercial and retail) in one of England's largest cities. The deal involved multiple jurisdictions and complex intercreditor arrangements involving both mezzanine and preferred equity.

US mezzanine fund

Advised a west-coast US mezzanine fund in relation to a £7m mezzanine finance agreement and related intercreditor arrangements and secured on a residential development site.

UNITE Group

Advised on a debut £90m retail bond issue. UNITE is a FTSE-250 listed company and is the leading UK student accommodation provider.

Eversholt

Advised on the finance, acquisition and leasing of two large new-build fleets of Civity UK rolling stock, with 98 new trains, formed of 287 individual vehicles, including 43 electric and 55 diesel units.

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