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Banking and finance

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  1. Banking and finance
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Freeths fields a ‘very responsive’ team of banking lawyers that acts for an enviable client roster including Allied Irish Bank, Lloyds, RBS and Santander. Recent highlights include assisting the Alumasc Group with the refinancing of its credit facilities with The Co-op. Acquisition finance expert John Heaphy heads the team, which includes healthcare specialist Phil Baigent and real estate and project finance expert Chris Freeston.

Gateley Plc’s ‘impressive, pragmatic and speedy’ team sits on the panel of several banks, including Allied Irish Bank, Santander, Lloyds and HSBC. It recently advised HSBC on the refinancing of funding arrangements for MPK Garages, which involved taking security over 17 properties across the group. Real estate finance specialist Anna Mayfield and property finance expert Andy Matthews are the driving forces behind the practice.

Browne Jacobson LLP continues to receive instructions from a range of corporate borrowers, banks and lenders. Recent highlights include advising Fogarty Group on asset based facilities provided by Close Brothers to finance its future development. Paul Ray heads the department and splits his time between Birmingham and Nottingham.

Recent highlights saw Geldards LLP’s banking team act for Santander on a multi-tranche term loan to finance the borrower’s purchase of five properties in the UK. The team also advised Lloyds Bank on a £3.3m term loan to finance the purchase and redevelopment of student accommodation in Leicester. David Watson and Jenny Chatten are the names to note.

Shaun McCabe and David Adams lead Shoosmiths LLP’s practice group, which recently assisted RBS and RBS Invoice Finance with the acquisition and working capital facilities to fund Arc Specialist Engineering’s purchase of the steel division of EDS. In another highlight the team advised MML Capital Partners on a term loan facility to finance the acquisition of the Learning Curve Group.

Leveraging the firm’s strong commercial property practice, Hewitsons is developing a niche in property-related banking and finance work. Neil Harpham heads the ‘thorough, responsive, commercial and knowledgeable’ team, which has particular expertise in agricultural funding issues.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited covers a broad range of banking and financing matters including property funding, asset finance and finance litigation. The team continues to sit on the panel of several financial institutions including RBS, Santander, NatWest, Bank of Ireland and HSBC. Michael Lodge is the key contact.

Roger Harcourt heads Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s practice and is particularly noted for his expertise in corporate finance matters.

Insolvency and corporate recovery

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  1. Insolvency and corporate recovery
  2. Leading individuals

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Nicky Calthrop-Owen heads Actons’ practice, which is praised for providing ‘clear, accurate and unambiguous advice’. Highlights included acting for the liquidator in a claim against a company director and her mother arising from payment of the mother’s mortgage by the company. Chris Murratt and Victoria Dunstall are also recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s insolvency practice is praised for its ‘excellent level of service’. Dominic Offord heads the team, which specialises in commercial litigation and contentious insolvency disputes. Key clients include KPMG, PKF Cooper Parry LLP, and London and Cambridge Properties.

Eversheds LLP’s enviable client roster includes Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC, RBS, Santander and Deloitte. Mark Wood heads the department, which routinely acts in contentious and non-contentious matters and is noted for its energy, transport, retail, leisure and construction sector expertise.

Gateley Plc has a strong East Midlands presence and recently acted for BDO LLP on the liquidation of Hinckley United Football Club. Chris Radford in Nottingham and Su Garner in Leicester are the key figures.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited attracts praise for its ‘excellent offering, both in terms of personal service and value’. The practice is advising on a series of restructuring mandates for clients including Deloitte, Smith Cooper and Bridgewood Financial Solutions. Stewart Vandermark, Chris Adams, Kevin Modiri and Rachel McCahill-Brown are the key contacts.

Freeths benefits from its close relationships with insolvency practitioners and is noted for its track record in complex investigatory work, anti-avoidance and asset realisation cases. Simon Baigent and Charles Darby head the ‘excellent and knowledgeable’ team, which routinely acts for clients such as PwC, Deloitte and Smith Cooper.

A recent highlight saw the ‘experienced’ team at Howes Percival LLP assist a client with the restructuring of its £4m business, which involved the transfer of two key divisions into new companies within the group. The team is led by Carl Mifflin, who focuses on insolvency appointments, business sales, investigations and asset recovery.

Deborah Jenkin-Jones and Sean Moran head Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s practice group, which is especially regarded for its services in the education and energy sectors. A key highlight for the team includes advising provisional liquidators in connection with recoveries and claims involving foreign-owned assets.

Wilkin Chapman LLP provides a broad range of services to its clients, with a particular focus on liquidations, bankruptcies and administrations. Highlights included representing AEC Controls in liquidation in a misfeasance claim against the company director, who had made preferential payments to himself prior to the commencement of the liquidation. Christopher Garwood and Matthew Dix come highly recommended.

Fraser Brown continues to act for a wide range of insolvency practitioners, company directors, creditors and debtors. Adrian Slater heads the practice, which includes Annabel Whittaker, who is noted for her personal and corporate insolvency expertise.

Geldards LLP has a dedicated German desk which gives it strong ties to that market; recent highlights include acting for Bertelsmann in a “bankruptcy tourism” case. Disputes expert Nino Simone and Ruth Thurland are recommended.

At Hewitsons, Dominic Hopkins is the go-to person for contentious insolvency matters and David Browne specialises in corporate insolvency.

Langleys Solicitors LLP’s Lincoln office works closely with the firm’s York office to provide a range of insolvency expertise. Highlights for the team included advising a liquidator in connection with property-related forfeiture proceedings. The names to note are Samantha Gray and David Tonge.

Smith Partnership has strong relationships with insolvency practitioners including Smith Cooper, Begbies Traynor and BDO LLP. Highlights included advising the administrator of Estuary Engineering and CW Engineering. Ruth Ball heads the team and splits her time between Derby and Leicester.

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