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Mills & Reeve LLP

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122891 CAMBRIDGE 4

William Roles

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Partner and head of banking and finance, advising lenders and borrowers on debt finance including acquisition finance, securitisation and trade and asset finance.


Trained Steggles Palmer; solicitor Wildes 1997-99; solicitor Eversheds 1999-2004; partner and head of banking and finance Mills & Reeve 2004.


Ardingly; Reading University (1991 BA Hons History and Politics).


Chelsea FC, golf, rugby union and family.

East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

William Roles - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Banking and finance

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†¬†provides 'excellent service, and its particular strengths are its industry knowledge, commercial approach and value for money'. 'In terms of sector knowledge and business acumen, the firm is on a par with City firms for¬†asset-based lending', remarks one client.¬†William Roles¬†leads the banking and finance practice and clients praise him for his 'industry knowledge and commercially-minded approach'. He assisted lender HSBC bank with a ¬£20m acquisition finance provision to¬†the Spicerhaart Group. Acquisition finance and asset-based lending expert¬†Zak Virgin¬†is 'an excellent banking lawyer ‚Äď creative and pragmatic'. Both Roles and Virgin are 'approachable and readily at clients' disposal for ad-hoc advice as well as more detailed instructions'.¬†Sarah Seed¬†and¬†Laura Holdaway¬†are recommended for not-for-profit and real estate finance respectively. Seed and principal associate Simon Warburton¬†( who specialises in fintech, crowdfunding and ABL and is 'superb - he is knowledgeable, has endless patience and provides excellent advice') advised The Cambridge Building Society on a ¬£15m investment from the Cambridgeshire County Council Pension Fund.

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London: Finance

Asset based lending

Within: Asset based lending

Led out of the firm's Norwich office by the 'approachable and effective' Zak Virgin, Mills & Reeve LLP has strong reputation in the domestic market, particularly among independent funders, but also on behalf of a growing roster of borrower clients and the ABL divisions of banking clients. Virgin handles a significant volume of work for core client PNC Financial Services, including recently advising it on the provision of ABL working capital facilities to help - alongside unitranche debt - LDC's secondary buyout of Addo Food Group from Vision Capital. Cambridge-based William Roles is also noted for his 'commerciality and industry knowledge'. Other clients include RBS Invoice Finance, ABN Amro Commercial Finance and PNC Bank.

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