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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.

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  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
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