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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

'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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