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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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Key sectors of focus for Burges Salmon LLP’s mid-market banking practice include energy and infrastructure, real estate, transport, food and agriculture, leisure, insurance, housing and healthcare. With the firm opening an Edinburgh office, which operates alongside the Bristol and London offices, the firm is on a strong footing to serve clients across the UK and further afield internationally. In addition to undertaking finance work for lenders, it has also established relationships with a large number of household name corporate borrowers. Practice head Richard Leeming, who specialises in corporate banking and real estate finance, acts for clearing banks, investment banks and private banks, as well as debt funds. Recently promoted partner Katie Allen is 'bright, capable and pleasant to work with'. 'Very efficient' Rachael Ruane is also recommended for her project finance and asset finance expertise.

Practice head(s):Richard Leeming

Other key lawyers:Katie Allen

Testimonials

The team is proactive, responsive and provides great service

The firm has brought together the right blend of banking specialists to create a fully integrated team, which provides clear and superb legal services

The team is able to produce perfect transactional documents even under pressure

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC UK

Royal Bank of Scotland

National Express Group

DRC Capital

Gravis Capital Management

Bluefield SIF Investments

M&G Investments

C. & J. Clark

Work highlights

  • Advised National Australia Bank and Santander UK on the £85m financing of a portfolio of English onshore wind projects.
  • Advised the Octopus Group on its funding of new zero-emissions vehicles at Heathrow Airport.
  • Advised HSBC UK Bank plc and Bank Leumi on the £125m provision of financing to Audley Group to fund all existing developments within the group, thereby covering the costs of land acquisition and development.
  • Advised National Express Group on existing syndicated revolving facility agreement and four additional parallel bilateral facilities totalling £500 m.
  • Advised GCP Asset Backed Income (UK) on a £20m debt-funding facility to develop its pipeline of permitted storage sites.

Osborne Clarke's banking department is generating an increasing flow of financing transactions from borrower clients, particularly in relation to technology, private equity and venture capital investment. On the lender side, the team's first-rate reputation is reflected by its roster of high-end clients, who turn to the firm for assistance with their largest and most complex transactions. In addition, the firm's ability to advise financial institutions on ancillary areas, such as investment funds and capital markets, is another value-add. Practice head Omar Al-Nuaimi is adept at handling structured acquisitions, corporate finance and project finance issues. Associate director Caroline Saul also specialises in project finance, and is particularly active in the energy sector. Tom Bussy’s practice focuses on high-value financing projects for large lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):Omar Al-Nuaimi

Other key lawyers:Tom Bussy; Caroline Saul

Testimonials

Team members go out of their way to make themselves available to their clients and to ensure that their interests are protected at all times

All team members have a highly commercial approach towards banking and finance as well as great market knowledge

Personally and professionally, Omar Al-Nuaimi is very approachable, which is a quality we value in law partners

Key Clients

Regulatory Finance Solutions

NatWest

Aberdeen Standard Life

TradeRisks

HSBC UK Bank

Silicon Valley Bank

Liberis

Oxford Capital Partners

Arlington Advisors

Santander UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for NatWest on a £51.5m facility to the joint venture company which will construct and manage a new International Convention Centre in Wales.
  • Advised Aberdeen Standard Life on its provision of £43m of private debt to finance six operational hydro-electric schemes in Scotland.

  • Acted for Regulatory Finance Solutions, a Swindon-based supplier of contract staff, on an £11m financing provided by Lloyds Bank as part of the company’s wider restructuring.

  • Advised TradeRisks on the arrangement of £75.2m bonds to assist Arlington Investors with the purchase of a boutique student accommodation provider.
  • Advised HSBC on the secondary buyout of the Amberon business by H2 Equity Partners from LDC.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has carved out an excellent reputation handling loan and security transactions for specialist lenders, such as hedge funds and private equity funds. The banking practice also stands out due to its extensive experience of advising on aircraft finance, as well as on loans used to fund projects in the renewables sector. Another distinguishing feature of the department is the cross-border nature of its work, which is facilitated through its special Middle East and African practices. Practice head Richard Norton, who has a substantial international practice, has expertise in Loan Market Association (LMA) documents and swaps. Naomi Nettleton specialises in real estate finance.

Practice head(s):Richard Norton

Other key lawyers:Naomi Nettleton

Testimonials

An excellent local team which provides advice at local prices, with access to the London counterpart, if necessary

The team provides straightforward advice and delivers good results even under tight deadlines

Key Clients

Awal Bank B.S.C.

Bank of Cyprus

Argo Group

Gulf Air

National Bank of Kuwait

Clydesdale Bank

Ahli United Bank

BMI Regional

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading international manufactureron revisions to a multi-currency loan facility to take account of funding for a new acquisition.
  • Advising Awal Bank B.S.C. on a rolling-creditor debt protocol.
  • Advised Hearthstone Investments on issues regarding convertible loan notes.
  • Advising Topland Jupiter on the refinancing of a portfolio of 45 specialist supported living properties.
  • Advising National Bank of Kuwait on a facility agreement and a legal charge.

Foot Anstey's banking and finance practice is one of the core areas of focus at the firm. Its team provides extensive support on a full range of matters, such as corporate lending, development finance, leisure and healthcare finance, acquisition and event-driven finance, and project finance, among others. Also notable is that the group has established a strong presence in the real estate investment finance space, and it also increasingly generates work in the renewable energy sector. Clients include bank and non-bank lenders, borrowers and sponsors. Practice head Will Whitt focuses on corporate banking facilities, leveraged finance and real estate finance. Legal director Chris White has expertise in acquisition finance and project finance.

Practice head(s):Will Whitt

Other key lawyers:Chris White

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Santander UK

Royal Bank of Scotland

Shawbrook Bank

HSBC UK

Atom Bank

NatWest

Work highlights

  • Advised a bank on a number of real estate development and investment transactions.
  • Advised Business Growth Fund on the financing aspects of a £6.3m investment in Molson Group and on a £4.7m investment in Plantforce Rentals.

TLT¬†has a strong track record in corporate banking at a national and international level, and it is also very active in the areas of project finance, renewable energy finance and real estate finance. Its team also demonstrates strong capabilities in investment grade lending and loan portfolio work. ‚ÄėFirst-class lawyer‚Äô Gary Roscoe¬†acts for sponsors and financial institutions in project finance transactions, among other matters. Roscoe jointly heads up the practice with the ‚Äėunique‚Äô Jon Stewart.

Practice head(s):Jon Stewart; Gary Roscoe

Testimonials

The banking and finance practice is a standout due to the depth and the breadth of experience in the energy sector

The go-to team in the South West for mid-market transactions

Gary Roscoe’s good reputation in the financial sector precedes him

Jon Stewart is always of great assistance to his clients

Key Clients

BGL Group

Dyson Finance

HSBC Bank

Pimlico Capital

Royal Bank of Scotland

Temporis Capital

Triodos Bank

Santander UK

WHSmith

Work highlights

  • Acted for a large British retailer on the £240m committed acquisition facilities for the acquisition of a US airport chain from a private equity vendor.
  • Advised a New York investment bank, on its $80m listed global note to Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings.
  • Advised Santander UK on the provision of a £28.5m facility to Battery Energy Storage Solutions (Bess).
  • Advised NatWest on a £24m structured finance facility to banking tech firm Cennox.
  • Advised one of Europe's leading games developers on its software development facilities with HSBC UK.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's ability to leverage its presence in the UK and US makes it a strong choice for advice on transactions with a transatlantic component, particularly in the areas of real estate finance, fintech and energy finance. On a UK national and regional basis, the group acts for institutional clients, and lenders and borrowers, on restructuring and refinancing matters. ‚ÄėVery helpful‚Äô department head Julian Kinsey¬†undertakes all aspects of debt finance work and is knowledgeable about all types of borrower issues. The 'approachable and competent'¬†Philip Withey¬†excels in handling transactions for energy sector clients and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Julian Kinsey

Other key lawyers:Philip Withey

Testimonials

The team is very approachable, with excellent knowledge and straightforward commercial approach

All lawyers on the team seem to go the extra mile to assist clients where possible

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank

Lloyds Bank

Piper Private Equity

Svenska Handelsbanken

Santander UK

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Union Bancaire Privée

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Hilco Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for a South West-based borrower on matters regarding equity and debt restructuring.
  • Advised Piper Private Equity on its growth capital investment in beauty and wellbeing brand Neom Organics.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank as agent, arranger, security agent and original lender on the provision of a substantial term loan and revolving credit facilities to a substantial real estate investment business in the South of England.

Ashfords LLP's banking and finance team focuses on lending matters in key areas, such as property investments and development, as well as the energy, marine and public sectors. The varied client base includes banks, independent lenders, government agencies and corporate entities. The group advises on property development, acquisitions, trade, commercial banking, and project and asset finance. Another notable aspect of the team‚Äôs work is its involvement in contentious matters; the group is well-positioned to handle banking litigation, including lender claims. The department is led by the ‚Äėproactive‚Äô Rebecca Dury, who acts on a wide range of banking transactions. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô James Heath, who is based in Plymouth,¬†handles property finance work.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Dury

Other key lawyers:James Heath

Testimonials

The team has excellent knowledge of banking and is very quick to respond

'Very competent in providing practical solutions to banking clients'

Key Clients

Homes England

Exeter Finance

Santander UK

NatWest

Royal Bank of Scotland

HSBC UK

Alternative Money Solutions

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Openwide Investments

Arbuthnot Latham & Co.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Exeter Finance Limited on its provisions of loans to a number of borrowers, primarily for property acquisition and development facilities.
  • Acting for a corporate borrower on its £45.6m refinancing of London investment property assets.
  • Acting for Santander UK on its corporate loan facilities to a clothing retailer.
  • Advising Homes England on its lending and security arrangements.
  • Acting for Openwide Investments on joint refinancing matters with an Indian bank.

Clarke Willmott LLP stands out for its strengths in real estate finance transactions, including commercial portfolio financing and refinancing, investment acquisitions and development finance. Elsewhere, agriculture and healthcare are other sectors of focus. Roger Seaton leads the team, which acts for a wide range of lenders, including high-street and private banks.

Practice head(s):Roger Seaton

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank

HSBC Bank UK

Secure Trust Bank

Arbuthnot Latham & Co.

Santander UK

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Cambridge &  Counties Bank

Charterbank Capital

Allied Irish Bank

Triodos Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for HSBC Bank on providing a loan to a private school.
  • Acting for Svenska Handelsbanken AB on the refinancing of a mixed-use retail and office building in London.
  • Handling a loan provided by client Arbuthnot Latham & Co. for the purposes of the development of student accommodation in Nottingham.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank in respect of a loan facility to a landlord in Bristol.

The majority of DAC Beachcroft LLP’s finance mandates come from clients active in the sphere of investment and development finance. Operating as part of a larger national practice, the team in Bristol acts for both lenders and borrowers, including multiple NHS foundation trusts. In February 2018, practice head Chris Wall joined the team from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Wall's wide-ranging expertise includes leveraged acquisitions, fund finance, investment grade borrowing and structured finance. Michael Pearce is experienced in real estate finance transactions, with a particular focus on development transactions and transactions utilising funds from venture capital trusts.

Practice head(s):Chris Wall

Other key lawyers:Michael Pearce

Testimonials

'An excellent team which puts the client first'

'Always available and prepared to help'

'Team members consistently perform to a higher standard than others in the same market'

'Michael Pearce consistently delivers  good results'

Key Clients

Santander UK

The Serviced Apartment Company

St James's Place

Morgan Sindall Investments

Bank of Ireland

John Laing Investments

Lendy

Deeley Freed Estates

Puma Property Finance

Backhouse Housing

Work highlights

  • Handling multiple matters for Santander UK, including real estate finance work.
  • Acting for Lendy on numerous investment and development finance matters.
  • Advising Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council/John Laing Infrastructure Fund on a high-value PFI project.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys distinguishes itself in contentious matters, and its banking litigation team is a first port of call for clients in a wide range of disputes. The scope of its experience includes cases concerning retail banking, consumer credits, fraud claims, professional negligence claims, and recovery actions on behalf of lenders. The group has significant experience of acting for both lenders and borrowers in disputes. Its client base includes corporate entities of various sizes, building societies, banks and other lenders. Department head Fiona Hayles has notable experience of handling PPI mis-selling claims, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Fiona Hayles

Key Clients

Paragon Banking Group

Erste Group Bank AG

Duff & Phelps

FRP Advisory

Begbies Traynor

Lloyds Bank plc

Wilson Field Group

Community Bank

UK Credit

CT Capital

Central Homeloans

Mobile Money

Work highlights

  • Acted for Paragon Banking Group in relation to a high-value claim brought by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) alongside 14,000 consumers to recover monies paid by FSCS to consumers as compensation for PPI mis-selling.
  • Acted for Paragon Personal Finance in a claim brought in regard to PPI mis-selling and the non-disclosure of commission.
  • Acting on group action litigation on behalf of investors who have made investments through the Lendy online platform, a ‘peer-to-peer’ lending platform.

Michelmores LLP, whose team is equally adept acting for both borrower and lender clients, has a strong track record in project finance transactions. It is also highly reputed in bilateral and syndicated lending transactions, and is particularly strong in matters with a nexus to areas such as energy, healthcare and education. Team head Charles Maunder, whose practice is split between London and Exeter, is knowledgeable about all types of debt products and funding arrangements. In October 2018, Asheesh Das departed to accept an in-house position.

Practice head(s):Charles Maunder

Key Clients

St Austell Brewery Company

Seasalt

Rowe Estates (UK)

Swindon and  Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Social & Sustainable Capital

Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation

Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

Netherlands Development Finance Company

Triodos Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Seasalt on a £16m investment and banking facilities.
  • Advised St Austell Brewery Company on a £15m bilateral revolving credit facility.
  • Advised Triodos Bank on the launch of a crowdfunding platform.
  • Advising Social and Sustainable Capital on options to provide funding to enable social sector organisations to grow their social impact.

The banking and finance team at Thrings LLP¬†has a particular specialism in the healthcare sector, in which it acts for lenders. Also in the lending space, the group has advised a number of international banks and lenders on cross-border matters. The ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô Mike Tomlin, who heads up the department, acts on a wide range of investment and secured lending facilities and arrangements.

Practice head(s):Mike Tomlin

Key Clients

Santander UK

Metro Bank

NatWest

HSBC Bank

Clydesdale Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Retail Money Market (t/a RateSetter)

Handelsbanken

AIB Group (UK)

TrueSpeed Communications

Work highlights

  • Acted for Santander UK on the £4.1m restructuring of existing finance and security packages.
  • Acted for TrueSpeed Communications on the exercise of accordion facility rights.
  • Acting for National Westminster Bank Plc on an acquisition finance loan to an existing customer in the healthcare sector.
  • Acting for an overseas investor in relation to relocation debentures as part of immigration planning.

At VWV, the banking and finance team's strong transactional capabilities are evidenced by its work for clients in sectors such as education, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and the public sector. Robert Collier, who leads the practice, is equally strong in mandates from banks and borrowers. Another key figure is real estate lawyer Steven McGuigan, who has extensive expertise in secured lending matters.

Practice head(s):Robert Collier

Other key lawyers:Steven McGuigan

Key Clients

Santander UK

Lloyds Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Allied Irish Banks

HSBC Bank

Handelsbanken

Homes England

Work highlights

  • Handling refinance issues for Volunteering Matters.
  • Acted for Barclays Bank in relation to a £5m refinancing package of a care home group.
  • Advised Homes England on a £4m residential development loan to a housebuilder.

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