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Oliver Edwards

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Oliver advises leading banks and corporations on financing transactions globally, and has broad experience in secured and unsecured syndicated and bilateral banking facilities, acquisition finance, project finance, real estate finance and restructuring work.

Oliver has particular expertise in margin lending and structured facilities and has worked on complex margin loans for many different financial institutions, as well as advising several banks on liquidity financings to other financial institutions.

Oliver spent time on secondment working in the legal departments of two leading global financial institutions (Barclays in 2005 and J.P. Morgan in 2010), that provided him with invaluable experience of their internal operations and a deep understanding of their requirements of external lawyers.

In addition to his practice role, Oliver is also Linklaters’ UK Diversity Partner.

Work highlights:

Oliver has advised lenders on a range of financing transactions. These include advising:

  • on the US$2.6bn facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of ViroPharma Inc., the US$850m facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc., the US$5.6bn facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of Dyax Corp. and the US$18bn facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of Baxalta Inc.
  • on a wide variety of margin loans, including the EUR1.65bn margin loan over Steinhoff International shares relating to the Steinhoff rights issue
  • in relation to structured secured financings for several financial institutions
  • on the facilities for the acquisition by Sky plc of Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Italia Srl
  • on the €2.1bn financing for the acquisition by Axa and Italian infrastructure fund F2i of G6 Rete Gas, an Italian gas distribution network
  • on the letter of credit facility in relation to the $1.1bn acquisition by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) of Ascot Insurance
  • on the financing of the Corinthia Hotel, London
  • in relation to the restructuring of the Co-op Group and their £355m post-restructuring facility
  • on the EUR535m bridge facility for Bulgarian Energy Holding and the RON1.687bn bridge facility for RCS & RD
  • in relation to various facilities for OMV, OC Oerlikon, Eurocom and Israel Electric Corporation
  • Vodafone and Rio Tinto on various financings and projects


Trainee solicitor Linklaters, London 2000-02; associate Linklaters, London 2002-07; managing associate Linklaters, London 2007-11; partner Linklaters, London 2011 to date. In addition, Oliver has been on secondment to the following banks: Barclays Capital January – December 2005; J.P. Morgan October 2010 – February 2011.


Oliver studied law at Bristol University and achieved his LPC (distinction) at the College of Law, Oxford

London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Leading individuals

Oliver Edwards - 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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