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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.

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