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Ian Callaghan

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Linklaters Business Services

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Banking, Global Loans


Ian advises corporates, investment banks and alternative credit providers on public and private acquisition financings, cross-border syndicated lending, margin lending, fund financing arrangements and other structured financings.

Ian spent eight months on secondment to BNP Paribas’ loan syndication and trading team from 2009 to 2010 and eight months on secondment to Alcentra from 2013 to 2014, assisting their Collateralised Loan Obligation (CLO), direct lending and special situations teams.

Work highlights:

Ian’s recent transactions include advising:

  • HSBC as global co-ordinator of the US$20bn offshore facilities to ChemChina for its c. $44bn public takeover offer for Syngenta AG (projected to be the largest outbound Chinese acquisition to date)
  • a syndicate of international banks on a €321m margin loan secured over shares in a Greek listed company
  • the lenders on the unitranche financing for OpenGate’s leveraged buy-out of Umicore Zinc Chemicals.
  • a major corporate on a £510m facility for the issuance of demand guarantees to be used as collateral for its pension fund
  • Kier Group plc on its syndicated facilities and other financing arrangements in connection with its acquisition of the Mouchel group
  • Gold Fields Limited on its US$1.29bn revolving credit facilities
  • Glencore plc on its $8bn revolving credit facilities


Ian provides pro bono advice on social housing issues at the regular drop-in centres run by the Mary Ward Centre.


Ian studied law at Clare College, Cambridge University.

London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Next generation lawyers

Ian Callaghan - Linklaters LLP

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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