Overview

We offer a full complement of banking and finance legal services. Our banking lawyers have the expertise to handle complex financing transactions for clients on both a UK and cross-jurisdictional basis.

We take pride in the quality of our service, offering clear, effective solutions to our clients. By working collaboratively with experts from across the firm – including corporate, real estate and tax – we are able to tailor our service to each client and respond quickly to queries on all aspects of banking law.

Our banking lawyers act for banks, building societies, other financial institutions (over 50 in total) alongside numerous PLCs and large corporate clients around the world.

Through our work acting for both lenders and borrowers, we have developed valuable insight into the commercial issues for both sides – we are able to view complex banking law issues from all perspectives.

With a reputation for deep sector knowledge, we understand the issues and challenges facing clients in a wide range of industries.  

Areas of focus

Our banking law expertise includes the following:

  • Asset backed lending.
  • Corporate and private banking.
  • Derivatives.
  • Food and farming finance.
  • Islamic finance.
  • Leveraged finance.
  • Project finance.
  • Real estate finance.
  • Regulatory advice.
  • Restructuring and insolvency.
Experience

Advising Beechbrook Capital on its Unitranche facility for the acquisition of the Access Fertility Group.

Advising GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited on Eden’s ground-breaking geothermal project that sees Eden Geothermal Limited announce £16.8m funding, secured from a mixture of public and private sources, to drill the first well for their pioneering geothermal heat and power project.

Advising HSBC and Bank Leumi in relation to £125 million facility to Audley Retirement.

Advising NIBC on its financing of the acquisition by ServerFarm, an operator and developer of data centres backed by Nant Capital, of the 5Nines Global Holdings group.

Advised FTI Consulting, as joint administrators, on the sale of Cote Restaurants to Partners Group.

Advising MetLife on the debt funding provided for the refinance of two office properties in prime locations in Jersey’s financial district with a total value of over £131 million.

Advising Alt HAN Co on its smart metering programme.

Advised the Group and subsequently Administrators from FRP Advisory on a restructuring including the trading administration of aerospace composite manufacturer, Tods Aerospace, resulting in the sale of part of the business to Cobham.

Acting for DRC Capital on a £13 million facility to fund Pier 7, Salford Quays, a site earmarked for residential development.

Advising the Obligors in connection with the £398m PFI financing of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and the £214m PFI financing of the Pinderfields General Hospital and Pontefract General Infirmary in Mid Yorkshire.

Advising Kreos Capital on debt facilities for VC-backed neobanks Monese and Bnext.

Advising HSBC in relation to investment and development facilities to luxury hotel group, Harbour Hotels.

Acting for an international tobacco group on a range of derivative matters in relation to ISDA Master Agreements and Schedules, Spot FX umbrella trading arrangements and netting and collateral arrangements.

Advised BDO LLP, as joint administrators, on the administration of Bathstore.com Limited, including the sale of the business to Homebase Rooms Limited.

Acting for an investor on its £15 million Islamic finance murabaha facility, including Shariah-compliant hedging.

Advising a UK clearing bank on the legal and regulatory impact of migrating 26,000 customers within the recoveries function to a new database, and auditing the team’s processes to identify areas of potential regulatory risk.

Meet the team
Amy McVey

Amy McVey Director

  • Banking 
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Real Estate Finance 
Andrew Eaton

Andrew Eaton Partner

  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Private Equity
  • Banking
Colin Ligman

Colin Ligman Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Banking
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
Emily Scaife

Emily Scaife Director

  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Banking
  • Real Estate Finance
Graham Soar

Graham Soar Partner

  • Banking
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Project Finance
Katie Allen

Katie Allen Partner

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Hotels
  • Banking
Paul Browne

Paul Browne Partner

  • Head of International Trade
  • Head of Real Estate
  • Nuclear
Racheal Ruane

Rachael Ruane Partner

  • Corporate Banking
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Asset Finance and Asset Backed Lending
Richard Leeming

Richard Leeming Partner

  • Banking and Trade Finance
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Real Estate Finance
Sally Jupp

Sally Jupp Partner

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Corporate Turnaround and Insolvency
  • Real Estate Investment and Development
Stuart McMillan

Stuart McMillan Partner

  • Banking
  • Energy finance
  • Infrastructure finance
Victoria Allsopp

Victoria Allsopp Director

  • Banking
  • Renewables
  • Energy, Power and Utilities

What others say...

The team work together and communicate well, particularly across different departments. They always look to understand the wider context of our business, which means they know what is important to us so they can flag up issues early.
Chambers 2021

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