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Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

QUARTERMILE ONE, 15 LAURISTON PLACE, EDINBURGH, EH3 9EP, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 228 7000
Fax:
Fax 0131 228 7001
DX:
ED137 EDINBURGH
Web:
www.mms.co.uk
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London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen

Susan Kelly

Tel:
Work 0330 222 1817
Email:
Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

Work Department

Banking and finance department.

Position

Partner specialising in banking and finance with a UK remit. Advises a wide range of lenders and borrowers on corporate banking, acquisition finance, property finance and restructuring work. Recent deals include advising LBG on the £100m refinance of the CALA Group, The Edrington Group on the £600m refinance of Edrington and Highland Distillers; and Helical Bar on raising an £80m investment and development facility with Deutsche Pfandbriefbanken.

Career

Trained Maclay Murray & Spens; qualified 1993; assistant solicitor Maclay Murray & Spens 1993-96; Bank of Scotland, six-month secondment to legal services department 1994; associate 1996-98; partner Maclay Murray & Spens 1998; head of banking and finance department 2001 to date.

Languages

French.

Education

Strathclyde University (1990 LLB; 1991 diploma).

Leisure

Opera, theatre, antiques, skiing.

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