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Christopher Lawrence

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Macfarlanes LLP

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Banking and finance.


Partner in banking and finance group advising on a broad range of banking transactions. He leads Macfarlanes' acquisition finance practice and advises private equity sponsors, corporate borrowers and mezzanine lenders on acquisition finance transactions, investment grade loan facilities, guarantee and security issues, mezzanine debt and intercreditor issues. Also advises debtor and creditor stakeholders on R&I transactions and hedge funds and managed account platforms on their derivative, trading and prime brokerage needs.


Trained Clifford Chance, qualified 1998; four years’ post-qualification as an associate at Clifford Chance in the banking and finance department; Macfarlanes banking and finance group 2003, partner 2006.


King Edward VI Grammar School; University of Surrey (Economics 2(1)).

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Within: Acquisition finance

Recognised as 'one of the best firms in the UK debt market for medium sized leveraged buyouts', Macfarlanes LLP 's 'exceptional' four-partner team provides 'highly technical and commercial advice' to private equity sponsors, including Inflexion, Alchemy Partners and Silver Capital Partners, and on the lender side, a growing roster of alternative capital providers including Ares Management and Hayfin. The 'quality of its people is consistently excellent at all levels from newly qualified to partner': key figures include 'excellent banking lawyers' Christopher Lawrence and Kirstie Hutchinson. Andrew Perkins is also recommended for his work on behalf of alternative capital providers.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Praised for its ability to 'provide the right blend of commerciality and legal expertise', Macfarlanes LLP provides 'detail oriented and strategic advice' to investment grade and sub-investment grade borrowers as well as for its core base of mid-market focused private equity sponsors. The 'calm and unflappable' Kirstie Hutchinson recently provided the UK law advice for NASDAQ-listed company Cimpress on its $1.04bn refinancing with a syndicate of banks including JP Morgan. 'Excellent banking lawyer' Christopher Lawrence is also recommended.

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Macfarlanes LLP

  • Finding the ‚Ä®right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‚Äėin principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‚Äėrecorded in a suitably worded agreement'. ‚Ä©
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