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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Laura Holdaway

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Laura specialises in real estate finance transactions and leads the real estate finance team. Laura has specialised in real estate finance matters since qualification having previously been in house at Sears plc. Laura’s recent work includes advising a London based fund manager on a series of large portfolio refinancings in excess of £350m, advising an AIM listed residential developer on the complex structuring and funding arrangements for a £100m residential development in Stratford; advising a local enterprise partnership on infrastructure findings for high profile development projects and advising a major UK clearing bank on a series of property development and investment facilities in in excess of £100m.


Qualified 1998; legal manager for Sears plc 1994-96; trainee solicitor EMW Law Northampton 1996-98; solicitor EMW Law 1998-2000; Mills & Reeve LLP 2000 to present; partner 2007.


Law Society.


Harrow Way School, Andover; Basingstoke College; University of Leicester (1993 LLB Hons); De Montford University (1994 LPC – Commendation).


Travel, reading, walking.

East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Laura Holdaway - 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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Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†'rates very highly and is strongly recommended‚Äė. The firm has 'very capable lawyers who are on top of the technical side of this area as well as being in tune with their clients‚Äô needs and commercial considerations'. The practice frequently advises on¬†the restructuring and sale of businesses and assets within insolvency processes, and acts for¬†office holders in both the UK and overseas in connection with cross-border insolvencies.¬†Asset recovery actions and other insolvency litigation for IPs including Griffins is another mainstay of its work, as is advice to¬†directors, creditors and other stakeholder in distress situations.¬†Litigator¬†Jamie Wheatley¬†¬†leads the practice and is 'extremely quick to analyse the issues and able to provide clear, pragmatic advice to clients notwithstanding the complexity'. Litigation associate¬†Lino Di Lorenzo¬†is praised as¬†‚Äėpragmatic and sensitive; he provides good commercial advice‚Äė. Together they advised trustees in the bankruptcy of former barrister David Harris, who was left with ¬£2m in debts following a judgment obtained by the Motion Picture Association of America in respect of copyright infringement.¬†Laura Holdaway¬†, who advised¬†South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership and Luton Borough Council on a ¬£3m workout transaction concerning a loan to Bela Group, is also recommended.

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