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Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin and 25 more

Ian Callaghan

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Linklaters LLP

Work Department

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 Partners

Ian Callaghan - Linklaters LLP

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

'Diligent, accessible and commercial¬†‚Äď from associate all the way up to senior partner',¬†Linklaters LLP¬†provides a 'uniformly high quality of work' to a balanced spread of banks¬†and borrowers on deals throughout the capital structure, including as it relates to general corporate lending, investment grade acquisition financing, margin lending and refinancings. Philip Spittal¬†heads up the global loans team and handles a range of syndicated deals relating to general corporate lending and M&A financing. He recently advised¬†the lenders and the security agent on a secured term loan facility to Sociedad Portuaria Terminal De Contenedores De Buenaventura, for the operation of a commercial container port terminal in Buenaventura, Colombia and for the refinancing of the borrower's existing debt from the project‚Äôs construction phase.¬†Toby Grimstone¬†regularly acts for banks and borrowers on syndicated and secured bank financings, with notable niche expertise in acquisition financing and commodities-related finance work (he is Glencore's go-to-adviser on its most complex financings). In addition to his margin lending expertise,¬†Oliver Edwards¬†also handles broader financing work for banks and corporates in the context of working capital facilities, as well as it pertains to event-driven transactions.¬†Ian Callaghan¬†continues to garner a strong reputation among corporates, banks and alternative credit providers on public and private acquisition financings and cross-border syndicated lending. Managing associate Caroline Courtney¬†is 'one to watch' and has developed a strong practice among¬†lenders, corporates and sponsors in event-driven acquisitions, investment grade facilities and direct lending.

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