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Banking & finance

We have a strong team of banking and finance lawyers who work with many of the UK's largest banking institutions. The team also advises an array of international banks, and supports both domestic and cross-border debt finance activity.

With broad experience working with clients on all types of finance transactions, we can advise on the full range of documentation; from precedents and pro formas through to syndicated and bi-lateral finance documents.

The types of transactions we work on include acquisition and leveraged finance, asset backed lending and investment grade lending. We have specialist experience in project and infrastructure, social housing, renewables, real estate and trade and export finance.

Complemented by one of the largest banking litigation teams in the UK, and working closely with specialists in financial services regulation, corporate recovery, insolvency, tax, M&A, real estate and regulatory, we're able to provide all of the legal advice that institutions need. 

The team spans Bristol, London, Manchester, Northern Ireland and Scotland, which means clients have regional access to our national team of sector specialists. 

Highlights

  • Advising WHSmith on their committed syndicated revolving credit facilities of up to £93 million with a £90 million accordion. The facilities were provided equally by the group's four relationship banks.
  • Acting for the Dubai branch of a major Indian lender as agent, security trustee and lender in the US$82 million financing of land-based oil rigs located in Nigeria by a club of lenders in Hong Kong, India, the UAE and the UK.  
  • Acting for the London branch of a major Indian lender in a US$20 million trade finance facility made available to a commodities trading company and which was secured over credit insurance policies and other assets of the borrower.
  • Advising a major Irish bank on the restructuring of euro and sterling loan facilities totalling in excess of £65 million for a group of connected borrowers. 
  • Advising a developer on its acquisition of a consented 20MW wind farm development and the subsequent £23 million project finance facility which funded its construction.

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