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Eversheds LLP acts for a predominantly lender-focused client base that includes Barclays, Lloyds Bank and RBS. The ‘extremely personable and commercialJoanne Canning has ‘excellent knowledge of the law and the market’, particularly as it relates to real estate financing. She recently advised Barclays on the financing of the high-profile development of One Central Square in Cardiff.

The ‘commercially mindedDominic Marshall leads the ‘established and knowledgeable’ three-partner team at Hugh James, which handles a range of mandates including acquisition and energy-related financings for clearing banks. Metro Bank is also a major client of the firm. Robert Morgan regularly acts for the region’s housing associations on their financing requirements.

Acuity Legal Limited provides a ‘strong’ partner-led service to borrowers and lenders across a range of financings including working capital provisions, acquisition finance and property finance. Highlights included acting for the Principality Building Society on the financing for the redevelopment of a 53-acre former paper mill site in Cardiff. Steve Morris and Jonathan Geen specialise in financings within the real estate sector. Team head Beverley Jones is also recommended.

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Blake Morgan LLP advises clearing banks, private banks, building societies and corporates across the full spectrum of new money and refinancing mandates. Recent highlights include advising Julian Hodge Bank on the £3.6m financing for Nextcolour to redevelop the former Mumbles cinema and amusement arcade into retail and restaurant use. As well as their transactional expertise, Meryl Morgan and senior associate Reshma Jogia also provide regulatory know how.

Since his arrival in March 2014, Christopher Agius has successfully expanded the scope of Capital Law LLP’s banking and finance team, which handles a range of property and acquisition finance transactions, as well as a significant volume of small loans for clients including Santander UK.

Geldards LLP has ‘excellent connections in the local market’ and acts for private and public sector clients including Finance Wales, HSBC and the Welsh government. ‘Very good’ team head Karl Baranski advised Lloyds Bank on a new £42.5m revolving loan facility to S.A. Brain & Company.

Insolvency and corporate recovery

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The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Blake Morgan LLP handles non-contentious and contentious mandates on behalf of banks and insolvency practitioners (IPs). The team also provides a fully funded bankruptcy service to a number of local authorities to recover unpaid council tax, national non-domestic rates and over-paid housing benefits. Team head Paul Caldicott is ‘one of the best insolvency lawyers in Wales’.

Capital Law LLP’s expertise covers a panoply of transactional, restructuring and formal insolvency processes, making the practice well-placed to provide a rounded service to IPs, directors and creditors. Key figures include Duncan Macintosh, who is noted for his distressed M&A expertise, and Philip Jones, who specialises in insolvency litigation.

Darwin Gray LLP has a focus on formal insolvency work, often with a contentious component, and regularly receives work from IPs. Highlights included advising the liquidators of a company to pursue substantial unpaid debts from an unincorporated institution. Ian Herbert and Kempton Rees are the principal contacts.

Geldards LLP’s Karl Baranski recently acted for the management of a well-known domestic chain of ice cream parlours in relation to a pre-pack asset buyout. Paul Hopkins handles contentious insolvency work.

At JCP Solicitors, team head Gareth Llewellyn Williams has longstanding contentious insolvency experience and recently advised the liquidator of an electronics company as to the status of more than 12,000 crowd-funding donors that had contributed over £2.3m to the assets of the company. Corporate team members Michael Williams and Betsan Powell often handle insolvency work in a transactional context.

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