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James Martin

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Banking, Global Loans


James is a partner specialising in bank finance, acting for arrangers, corporates and sponsors. He leads the Linklaters Middle East Banking practice on all areas of bank lending, bilateral and syndicated finance, including restructuring and Islamic finance.

Recent transactions of significance which James had led in the GCC region include advising:

  • the lead arrangers on a US$1.75 billion senior syndicated credit facility (comprising a conventional term facility and dual Islamic facilities) for Dubai Duty Free
  • the lead arrangers on a AED4.4 billion  secured Islamic facility ranking pari passu with a sukuk in favour of Jebel Ali Free Zone FZE
  • the lead arrangers on the US$1.8bn refinancing for Qatar National Bank
  • the co-ordinating committee for unsecured and partially secured financing on the US$10bn restructuring of Dubai Group
  • the lead arrangers on the US$3bn refinancing for TAQA

Experience which James had led outside the GCC include acting for the arrangers in connection with the €16.61bn acquisition facilities for Schaeffler KG to finance its acquisition of Continental AG, US$4bn revolving facilities for ArcelorMittal S.A, US$1.5bn revolving facilities for SSAB Svenskt Stål AB (publ), a series of facilities for Xstrata plc facilities for SABIC and $24.5bn bridge acquisition facilities for Rosneft. On the borrower and sponsor side, James has acted for Borse Dubai on multiple secured refinancings and has acted for Adecco and Anglian Water on their recent refinancing facilities, for SAPPI on its financing arrangements and high-yield bond issues and for the sponsors on the acquisition of London City Airport, the acquisition of Foodvest (owners of the Findus and Young’s brands) and the acquisition of the British Car Auctions Group.


July 2013 to date Partner, Linklaters London
Dec 2008 - July 2013 Partner, Linklaters Dubai
May 2008 - Nov 2008 Partner, Linklaters London
1998 - 2008 Associate, Managing Associate, Linklaters London
1996 - 1998 Trainee, Linklaters London 


1994 - 1995 College of Law (LPC)
1991 - 1994 Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Law, M.A.
1986 - 1991 Wellington College

London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Benefiting from 'top-tier analytical and intellectual ability',¬†Linklaters LLP¬†provides a 'very responsive service'¬†to banks and corporates across a myriad of financing work, including as it relates to general corporate lending, investment grade acquisition financing, margin lending and refiancings.¬†Head of the firm's global loans practice,¬†Philip Spittal¬†has deep expertise at handling¬†syndicated lending and event-driven acquisition finance for investment grade, crossover and leveraged credits; Spittal recently represented ING Bank as global co-ordinator on term and revolving credit facilities and a ‚ā¨600m short-term facility for¬†Dufry, and advised BNP Paribas in its capacity as co-ordinator on an amendment and restatement of its existing ¬£1.88bn revolving facility agreement for¬†Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc, involving a syndicate of 30 lenders. As well as handling a raft of general corporate lending work and investment grade acquisition financing matters,¬†Oliver Edwards¬†has also developed a market leading margin lending practice and recently¬†advised a syndicate of international banks on the refinancings of a margin loan secured over shares in¬†Steinhoff¬†for a borrower ultimately owned by Christo Wiese. Recently promoted partner¬†Ian Callaghan¬†'is destined to become a leader in the area'; he recently acted for JP Morgan on the¬†‚ā¨150m¬†bridge term loan facility to¬†Neinor Homes, for the purpose of financing the acquisition of certain plots of land located in Spain. Other recommended practitioners include¬†James Martin,¬†Toby Grimstone¬†and 'very sharp and enthusiastic' managing associate¬†Caroline Courtney. Other clients include Glencore, Credit Suisse,¬†Reckitt Benckiser plc and Credit Suisse.

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