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David Handy is a key name at Addleshaw Goddard LLP and is considered ‘a regional leader’ in the leveraged finance space. The department is also recognised for its strength in debt portfolio acquisitions, unitranche transactions and corporate banking issues. Clients include Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Development Capital and Elysian Capital; Signal Capital is a new client for the practice. Karen Sewell is another name to note.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘excellent’ team ‘gets full marks across the board’, providing clients with ‘an approach that is efficient and commercial’. The practice is co-led by ‘extremely knowledgeable’ managing partner Sarah Day, real estate finance specialist Kirstie Allerton, and Anna Robson, who has ‘an excellent grasp of her field’ and notable expertise in debt finance and asset based lending. The team predominantly acts for lenders such as Barclays, Santander UK and Nord LB.

Jason Wurzal (who is praised for his ‘practical and timely advice’) and Kathryn Walters head the department at Eversheds LLP. Wurzal recently advised LNT Group on its refinancing of Omni Capital, and Walters, who is highly regarded for her bank advisory expertise, recently assisted HSBC, RBS and Barclays with the refinancing of Fircroft. The firm’s extensive global network means the practice regularly acts on cross-border matters for international clients.

The two-partner team at Pinsent Masons LLP focuses primarily on lender mandates and is noted for its expertise in structured finance, leveraged finance and real estate issues. Philip Scott leads the department and recently advised RBS on the £65m corporate financing of the Harworth Estates Group. Legal director Stephen Woods is recommended for structured finance issues and Gerry Mulholland specialises in real estate finance mandates.

Squire Patton Boggs is recognised for its strength in mid-market private equity acquisition financing. Highlights for the ‘pragmatic and highly technical’ Andrew Fordham included advising H2 Equity Partner on its acquisition of GBUK. Department head Richard Morton and senior associate Thomas Telford, who specialises in asset based lending, assisted ECI Partners with its investment into Tuskerdirect and the subsequent refinancing of Tuskerdirect’s debt bridging facility.

At Walker Morris LLP, Michael Taylor leads a team that is considered ‘one of the strongest in the region’ and which includes ‘standout lawyer’ Peter Considine, who has considerable experience in leveraged finance transactions. Highlights included advising EVO Business Supplies on new group financing facilities, and assisting Evans Property Group with extending its existing syndicated facilities with RBS and Barclays. Ian Akitt is recommended for property finance and development transactions.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s department advises lenders and borrowers including Santander, HSBC and Grosvenor Financial Consultants. Highlights included assisting Santander with the refinancing of Poundworld Retail, acting for HSBC on the refinancing of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and advising OpSec on the provision of a credit facility from HSBC. The ‘highly commercialJohn Connor leads the team, which includes managing associate Mark Casey.

Key names at DWF include Chris Ramage, whose expertise includes acquisition finance, real estate finance and debt capital markets; and Lucinda Peters, who primarily acts for banks on secured lending issues and funding matters. The team predominantly acts for borrowers, and has substantial experience in the healthcare and real estate sectors.

Dean Gormley leads the practice at Irwin Mitchell, which recently recruited Patrick Sturman and his team from Gordons LLP. The department has notable experience in financing transactions, and advised ABN AMRO Commercial Finance on the provision of a funding package to Excel Components. Associate Hayley Johnson is recommended for real estate financing.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till has substantial experience in property investment and development matters; Tom Whiteside regularly acts for lenders on development funding mandates. Nicholas Bell leads the regional practice.

Ward Hadaway assists both lenders and borrowers, and has particular experience in real estate, development and acquisition financings. Clients include Abbey National Treasury Services, Barclays Bank and Oakapple Group. Mark Smith is the key practitioner in Leeds.

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