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Gavin Buchan

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Aitken Nairn WS

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Banking and Finance, Commercial Property


Gavin is a Banking Partner within the Commercial department based in Edinburgh.

He is a banking expert with experience of advising both borrowers and lenders in relation to general corporate and commercial banking transactions, bridging finance, renewables finance, rural/agri finance, acquisition finance, social housing finance, healthcare finance, private banking and corporate restructurings.  He regularly provides Scots law advice in relation to cross border transactions.

Gavin has a particular specialism in all aspects of real estate finance work with considerable knowledge of dealing with both investment and development finance transactions.


2000-2002 - Davidson Chalmers LLP - Trainee solicitor; 2002-2004 - Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP – Assistant, Real Estate; 2004-2016 - Maclay Murray & Spens LLP – Associate, Banking & Finance; 2016-to date - Lindsays - Partner


Law Society of Scotland


1994-1998 - University of Dundee – LLB (Hons)

1998-1999 – University of Glasgow – Diploma in Legal Practice

Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

A major pillar of Lindsays' banking work is real estate finance, which includes matters related to property investment and property development. In 2017, practice head Gavin Buchan , Derek Nash , director Dawn Anderson  and solicitor Thomas Horton advised Metro Bank Plc on the £22m financing of a borrower's acquisition of a portfolio of 73 public houses. Buchan's team is also active in the peer to peer finance space, where it acts for borrowers and lenders; a recent highlight involved acting for peer to peer lender Assetz Capital in financing a borrower's acquisition of a portfolio of commercial and residential properties in Scotland. Kenneth Gray  leads a team that specialises in healthcare sector finance. Agri-finance/rural finance, which involves acting for borrowers (such as farmers, renewable energy companies and landed estates) and lenders, is another cornerstone of practice, as is the firm's work in the charities sector.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Lindsays' team is 'extremely professional in its dealings' and has 'good business acumen'. Having undergone significant expansion in 2016 and 2017, it now provides a full-service to clients on property-related matters. Stuart Rowson and Gavin Buchan have property finance expertise, while director Stacy Campbell is experienced in property investment and development, with particular knowledge of the hospitality and leisure sector. Director Dawn Anderson is particularly active in the retail sector, but her sector expertise also includes student accommodation, office and industrial, hospitality and leisure, and renewable energy. In addition to providing support on corporate transactions, director Fiona Linklater advises clients on commercial leasing and secured lending transactions. Practice head Derek Nash and Anderson acted for Waterstones Booksellers Limited in the relocation of its Aberdeen outlet to a flagship two floor store at the Bon Accord Centre. Nash, Anderson and director Andrew Boccoli assisted TP Real Estate with the sale of the Tune hotel in Edinburgh to The Edinburgh Collection. Kenny Gray and Susan Law are also recommended.

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