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The ‘professional, technically able, and commercial’ team at Addleshaw Goddard LLP is headed by the ‘formidableMartin O’Shea. It advised a syndicate of banks on a facility to Euro Garages to refinance its existing debt and acquire 172 petrol stations from Esso and Shell. It also advised the lenders on the financing of Lookers’ acquisition of Benfield Motors Group. Katie Ridehalgh is ‘excellent in terms of client care, commerciality and technical advice’ and is recommended for real estate finance. The ‘brilliantAndrew Maskill heads the asset finance team, which includes the ‘very professional, thorough and utterly reliableRebecca Williams. Simon Prendergast is ‘first-rate’ and specialises in asset based lending and receivables financing. Richard Oman is also recommended.

DLA Piper UK LLP attracts praise for its ‘depth of experience and ability to make processes run extremely smoothly’. Highlights included advising Conviviality Retail on the £200m acquisition of Matthew Clarke, which involved acquisition financing, refinancing and revolving credit facilities; and acting for Grovepoint on the financing for the acquisition of the business and assets of Fletcher Shipping, which involved restructuring and ship finance issues. Team head and debt financing expert Matthew Christmas is ‘extremely professional and balances strong technical skills with relationship building’. Joseph Frew was promoted to partner in May 2015 and leads the asset based lending practice. John Delamere is recommended for structured finance and derivatives work.

Pinsent Masons LLP is experienced across real estate finance, corporate lending and leveraged finance, and has a growing practice in asset based lending. It advised a club of four banks on the £500m refinancing of 19 warehouse and distribution centres for Tritax Big Box REIT. RBS, HSBC, Barclays Bank, The Co-operative Bank and M&G Investments are also clients. Team head Matthew Morganenjoys a fantastic reputation’ and is ‘very astute’, and Samantha Rollason is ‘extremely hardworking’. Debra Cooper joined Squire Patton Boggs in January 2016.

The ‘dedicated’ and ‘very experienced’ team at DWF is headed by the ‘brilliantJonathan Edwards. It acted for Innospec on its $250m refinancing, advised Tata Chemicals Europe on £140m of syndicated term and revolving credit facilities, and advised Pure Leisure Group on its £36m refinancing with HSBC Bank. Also recommended are the ‘excellent’ Paul Brown, Helen Corner, who has ‘a wealth of expertise’, the ‘first-classHelen Johnston, and James Szerdy.

At Hill Dickinson LLP, Liverpool-based team head Richard Capper (who is a ‘fantastic individual’) led the advice to Lloyds Bank Structured Finance on the £14m refinancing of Elitetelecom Holdings, and led for Santander Corporate Bank on Empiric Student Property’s acquisition of a portfolio of six student accommodation blocks in Liverpool. Beverley Bentley is ‘great with clients’ and advised HSBC on a £24m funding for Neptune Bank and Promenade Parla Living. Chris Johnston in Manchester is noted for real estate finance work.

The ‘very professional’ team at Squire Patton Boggs has a strong borrower client base; highlights included advising Polypipe Group on a £300m revolving credit facility, and assisting Findel with the refinancing of its existing senior secured debt facilities with a new £120m revolving credit facility, as well as with its £145m securitisation programme. The highly regarded Claire Shepherd heads the department, which was strengthened by the arrival of real estate finance expert Debra Cooper from Pinsent Masons LLP. Matthew Ingram is also recommended.

Highlights for Brabners LLP’s ‘astute’ and ‘practical’ team included acting for Restore on its £80m financing for the acquisition of Wincanton Records Management, and advising Promenade Parla Living on loan facilities provided by HSBC. Key figures include the ‘very ableCharlotte Round in Manchester and Liverpool-based Andrew O’Mahony, who is ‘fantastic to work with’.

Gateley Plc’s team acts for lenders and borrowers including AIB Group (UK), Beechbrook Capital, Palatine Private Equity and NM Rothschild & Sons. Department head Richard Sealy is recommended. Senior associate Richard Cowan joined from Pannone Corporate LLP in 2016.

George Macmillan heads Kuit Steinart Levy LLP’s banking and real estate finance team, which stands out for its ‘top-quality advice’ and ‘excellent turnaround times’. The team acts for Allied Irish Bank Group (UK), Aldermore Bank, Begbies Traynor and Investec Bank. Also recommended are David Marlor, Steve Eccleston and senior associate Alison Kellett.

Shoosmiths LLP is commended for its ‘client-focused’ approach and ‘in-depth knowledge’. It advised Truworths International on a £100m term and revolving facilities relating to its acquisition of a retail chain. The ‘very experienced’ and ‘user-friendlyLiz Sweeney heads the team, which includes Graham Hall and ‘first-class’ associate Ruth Evans.

Eversheds LLP’s team lost former department head Nigel Dale to specialist lender Together. Newly promoted partner Taslima Salamreally knows her stuff’, is ‘very user friendly’ and is recommended for real estate finance.

The ‘professional’ Dean Gormley heads the team at Irwin Mitchell, which delivers ‘a very high level of service’ to a lender client base that includes HSBC, Santander UK and Lloyds Bank plc.

Weightmans LLP is particularly noted for its ‘strong knowledge’ of public-sector funding. It advised Enterprise Ventures on the establishment of a £40m SME loan fund. Structured finance head Patricia Grinyer is ‘open, proactive, solutions-focused and very easy to deal with’.

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