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Jonathan Heaney

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Burness Paull LLP

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Banking and funds


Jonathan heads our banking & finance team. He specialises in advising banks, corporates and private equity sponsors on all aspects of banking work including leveraged transactions, real estate finance and syndicated lending. He has also advised on a number of high profile debt restructurings and insolvencies including the Kenmore Property Group. He originally trained and worked at Bank of Scotland before spending several years at Clifford Chance in the City of London.


1995 Joined Bank of Scotland (including period of secondment to Herbert Smith); 1997 Admitted as Solicitor (Secondment to Barclays Capital (the investment banking division) and Secondment to Barclays Leveraged Finance; 2001 Clifford Chance LLP; 2006 Partner at Burness (now Burness Paull)


Chartered Institute of Bankers of Scotland


LLB (Hons); Dip LP; MCIOBS

Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

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Jonathan Heaney - Burness Paull LLP

Within: Banking and finance

Burness Paull LLP has a strong track record across the full spectrum of financing transactions, playing a key role in Scottish and multijurisdictional matters. In the funds finance arena, where recently promoted partner Andrew Christie is active, the firm particularly excels in handling borrower-side debt finance where the use of Scottish limited partnerships is involved. Leveraged finance transactions are another sweet spot for the firm; practitioners such as Jonathan Heaney, Gaenor Cassell, John Kennedy and Allan Leal are experienced in this area. Cassell led a team which acted for Thunderbird Bidco Limited in the Scots law aspects of the financing of its acquisition of John Lawrie (Aberdeen) Limited. In a notable real estate finance deal, Heaney and others advised The Royal Bank of Scotland on the £21m financing to a subsidiary of the Chris Stewart Group in relation to the development of properties at West Register Street in Edinburgh. The firm is also highly regarded for its work on structured finance transactions and securitisations, as well as loan portfolio transactions. Elsewhere, senior associate Sophie Coffey (who recently joined from Harper Macleod LLP) has more than 10 years of experience assisting a range of stakeholders with renewable energy financings. Alan Soppitt is the practice head.

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