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Banking and finance

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  1. Banking and finance
  2. Leading individuals

Claire Williams leads asb law LLP’s ‘excellent’ team, which acts for a mixed client base of borrowers and lenders including HSBC, Big Box Storage Centres and Lloyds Bank. Nigel Wigin advised Lloyds Bank on a £3.5m refinance deal. Also recommended are Andrew Hoad, Chris Worthington and consultant Shaun Kelly.

Blake Morgan LLP is on the lending panels of all of the UK’s clearing banks and also has a significant presence on banks’ retail and investment panels. Kath Shimmin, who is noted for her ‘strong commercial mindset’, is leading on the finance aspects of the £120m redevelopment of Gatwick Airport Station for the Department for Transport. Guy Constant and senior associate Steve Cole, an Islamic finance specialist, are also recommended.

Practice head Ian Mabbutt at EMW Law LLP advised Riverside Capital on the acquisition financing of its purchase of a property portfolio. Joe Soul leads on healthcare financing.

At Osborne Clarke, practice head Hugh Jones has historically advised Barclays Bank on refinancing and real estate matters. Legal director Rebecca Scott and associate Victoria Clarke are other names to note.

Pitmans LLP’s ‘excellent’ team provides ‘exemplary and trusted’ advice and has a ‘wide skillset’, including a developing Islamic finance capability which saw the firm’s appointment to the legal panel of Habib Bank AG Zurich. Department head Patrick Long is ‘very responsive’ and ‘appropriately supported by a suitably qualified and knowledgeable team’, which includes Stephanie Perry and director Mark Metcalfe. Other clients include Santander and Handelsbanken.

Lender-side highlights for Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘excellent’ team included assisting HSBC with a £40m facility provided to ITSU to refinance existing indebtedness and fund working capital. Practice head Rebecca Mauleverer led the advice. On the borrower side, Linda Williams advised 23.5 Degrees North on the financing of the first Starbucks franchise in the UK. Sean Wright is a key name for private equity-backed acquisition financing.

Bond Dickinson LLP has a strong track record in borrower-side work and is a go-to firm for energy financing. Clients include Chemring Group and Renewable Energy Systems. The ‘expertGraham Jeffries has ‘real command of deals’.

The ‘professional’ team at Cripps LLP is ‘skilled in all areas of commercial banking’. It particularly stands out for its real estate capabilities, which it utilised in advising Millwood Designer Homes on a £20m revolving credit facility with Santander. James Beatton, Nigel Stanford and healthcare specialist Nick Austen are the key names.

DMH Stallard LLP’s ‘excellent’ team was reappointed to several banking panels in 2015 and further strengthened its footprint in the region through its merger with AWB Partnership. Gwen Godfrey leads the team, which provides ‘sensible and timely commercial advice’ and includes Anne Milne, a key name for property finance and Ralph Crane, who has a following in the healthcare industry.

Irwin Mitchell’s absorption of Thomas Eggar LLP gave it a strong foothold in Crawley. Highlights for the team included advising RBS on financing the management buyout of the London arm of a shipping brokerage firm. Practice head Sarah Naylor led the advice. David Fanchi is a key name for property finance.

Mundays LLP’s practice is led by dual UK and US-qualified partner Mark Andrew and includes Neale Andrews, who specialises in corporate financing. Clients include Close Brothers and Jordan International Bank, and the team is experiencing an uptick in instructions from non-banking lenders involved in mezzanine lending. George Georgiou left the firm in 2016.

Paris Smith LLP has noted a substantial uptick in instructions to handle property financing. The ‘very good’ James McNeil leads the team, which advises clients including Santander, Lloyds Bank and Alfred Homes.

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s team, led by Jonathan Porteous, is noted for its ‘good level of knowledge and advice’ and has been particularly active in refinancing and vendor finance matters. Also recommended are Joe Bedford, who works across the firm’s corporate and finance teams, and senior associate Andrew Dodds. Clients include Santander and Kia Motors.

Birketts LLP has restructured its team following the departure of Richard Payne to an in-house position; the ‘knowledgeableAdam Jones is taking a greater role on lender-side mandates and Duncan Williamson joined from Laytons. Mark Henry leads the team from Ipswich. Clients include Santander and HSBC.

At Dentons, Peter Coximpresses with his strong industry knowledge’. Highlights included advising Knight Therapeutics on English term loan documentation drafted by the borrower.

At Field Seymour Parkes LLP, ‘outstanding’ practice head John Barker advised Ultimate Capital and its sister company Ultimate Opportunities on mezzanine and bridging finance facilities.

Highlights for IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s team included advising AIB Group on financing the restructuring of Harlequins RFC. Ross Johnstone and David Clark are recommended.

Rich Eldridge leads Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘professional and diligent’ team, which includes associate John Chater. The team advised Northumberland Development Land, part of the Carebase group, on two term loan facilities.

At Trethowans LLP, the ‘knowledgeableNick Gent advised Santander on two separate refinancing deals for the same client. Sophie Eales joined from Bond Dickinson LLP in 2015.


Insolvency and corporate recovery

Index of tables

  1. Insolvency and corporate recovery
  2. Leading individuals

Phil Smith leads the team at Boyes Turner, which handles personal as well as corporate insolvency matters including managing cases involving fraud and asset tracing. Chris Branson has been assisting the joint liquidators of Nordic Construction with investigations into antecedent transactions abroad.

The ‘commercially astuteJames Hyne leads Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s ‘results-focused’ group, which ‘combines real expertise with a nimbleness and responsiveness to client demands’. ‘Expert tacticianRoger Elford has been advising the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Baha-Mar. Prav Reddy is also recommended.

Suzanne Brooker leads Pitmans LLP’s team of ‘consummate lawyers, who have a remarkable depth of knowledge and experience’. Brooker ‘brings an encyclopaedic knowledge and commercial acumen to the table’. Clients include KPMG, Wilkins Kennedy and Quantuma.

Jonathan Lupton heads the team at Coffin Mew LLP, which is noted for its contentious expertise and which specialises in statutory reconstruction, work for charities, partnerships and diseased estates. Malcolm Niekirk left the firm.

Nigel Stanford at Cripps LLP has been advising liquidators on the distribution of assets and the impact of the insolvent company’s tax liability. Ed Weeks has been assisting a technology company with a winding up petition. James Beatton is also recommended.

Dentons strengthened its corporate recovery and insolvency capability with the recruitment of several individuals from Matthew Arnold & Baldwin. Mark Tempest is ‘very experienced and commercially minded’ with a ‘thorough and strategic approach to litigation’. Mark Goward is also recommended.

Tim Carter leads Stevens & Bolton LLP’s team, which assists UK-based and foreign insolvency practitioners, directors and creditors with contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters.

Nick Oliver at Verisona Law attracts praise for his ‘terrier-like tenacity’ and ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of insolvency legislation’. The team provides ‘prompt, commercial and technically accurate advice’ on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Birkett Long LLP’s lawyers provide advice of a ‘consistently high standard, both legally and tactically’. Kevin Sullivan leads the team, which advised the joint liquidators of a company on an unlawful dividends claim against its directors.

The team at Birketts LLP advises insolvency practitioners, lenders, directors and other corporate clients on contentious and non-contentious aspects of insolvency. Clients include Larking Gowen and FRP Advisory. Laurence Weeks is a key contact.

At Blake Morgan LLP, ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ senior associate Katie James has been assisting Grant Thornton with the review of security, appointment of administrators and the sale of the business and assets of Closed Loop Recycling.

David Murray heads the group at Blandy & Blandy LLP. Jonathan Williamson joined the team from Oury Clark Solicitors.

Michael Oatham heads the practice at Brachers, which is noted for its ‘sound and reasonable’ advice on complex and high-value cases.

The team at DMH Stallard LLP is led by Tim Symes. It assists stakeholders on contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. Clients include Begbies Traynor, Baker Tilly and Opus Restructuring.

EMW Law LLP’s expertise covers sector-specific restructuring and refinancing advice. Damon Watt and Simon Arkell are recommended.

Ian Wood-Smith leads the team at Field Seymour Parkes LLP, which advises insolvency practitioners, lenders and directors on corporate insolvencies. Bill Dixon specialises in contentious work.

Simon Hobbs leads the team at Freeths, which is well versed in corporate as well as personal insolvency matters. Its workload includes acting for clients in the beverage and hospitality sectors.

Moore Blatch LLP’s client base includes RSM, Moore Stephens and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mark Osgood primarily acts for insolvency practitioners and company directors on contentious matters.

Paris Smith LLP houses ‘experienced insolvency lawyers’ whose advice is ‘always prompt, detailed and considered’. Mike Pavitt, who is ‘extremely detailed in his approach’, successfully defended a client of Quantuma against a HMRC winding up petition.

Gary Player heads the boutique practice at Players Solicitors, which predominantly acts for insolvency practitioners in individual and corporate insolvency proceedings.

stevensdrake’s team is led by Gavin Pickering and acts for insolvency practitioners and creditors, with particular expertise advising directors on guarantees and disqualification matters.

The five-partner team at Taylor Walton LLP is led by Guy Thomas and acts for clients including Opus Restructuring and KPMG. Simon Hughes joined the practice from Baker & McKenzie LLP.


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