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Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

QUARTERMILE ONE, 15 LAURISTON PLACE, EDINBURGH, EH3 9EP, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0330 222 0050
Fax:
Fax 0330 222 0052
DX:
ED137 EDINBURGH
Email:
Web:
www.mms.co.uk
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 and international remit. Advises a wide range of lenders and borrowers on corporate banking, acquisition finance, property finance and restructuring work. Particularly active in recent months on a number of major corporate debt refinancings and private placements for, among others, BPI plc, Devro plc, Highland Distillers, John Menzies plc and Baxters Food Group.

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; member of court, Strathclyde University 2014 to date.

Languages

French.

Education

Strathclyde University (1990 LLB; 1991 diploma).

Leisure

Opera; theatre; antiques; skiing.


London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP advised KBC Bank on its £5.5m loan to Belgian helicopter operator Noordzee Helikopters Vlaaderen, for the purchase and development of a helicopter base in Aberdeen. It provides ‘impeccable’ service, and ‘partners and associates alike are thoughtful, hardworking, and very knowledgeable in their field’. Chris Vause is recommended. Susan Kelly leads the practice.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Susan Kelly - Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

Within: Banking and finance

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP advised Baxters Food Group on two group debt refinancings, the second of which funded the client’s strategic acquisition of a US subsidiary. Other clients include Muirden Energy, Scottish Equity Partners and Lloyds Banking Group. Euan Wilson and Robert Laing provide ‘dependable, experienced, well-informed and measured advice’. Susan Kelly’s ‘sector expertise and professionalism impress’, and Stuart Fitzsimmons has a ‘pragmatic and commercial approach’.

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