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Fiona Buchanan

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Banking & Finance


Fiona is a partner in the Banking & Finance team and advises on a wide variety of banking matters, ranging from conventional secured and unsecured loans to Scottish SMEs, funding cross-border corporate buyouts and restructuring of debts of 'distressed' borrowers, to advising major UK and foreign financial institutions on structured multi-jurisdictional capital markets financing, including securitisation (RMBS, CMBS and whole business), covered bonds and other innovative funding techniques. Fiona also acts for sellers and purchasers of commercial and residential mortgage loan books in both the non-performing and performing space. She also gives opinions on a range of additional banking matters. Recent transactions include: acting for DBS Bank Ltd in Scotland in relation to a £291m secured loan to fund the acquisition of a portfolio of UK student accommodation; acting in Scotland for North Yorkshire Building Society and Amber Homeloans Limited in relation to their sales of portfolios of mortgage loans to Morag Finance 1 S.A R.L.; acting in Scotland for the Northview Group in relation to its RMS 29 and RMS 30 securitisations of residential mortgage loans; acting in Scotland for Erste Bank in relation to the financing of a number of Scottish registered aircraft.


Trainee, Tods Murray WS 1996-1998; assistant 1998-2002; associate, banking and finance team 2002-2005; partner, banking and finance team 2005-2014; departmental managing partner, banking and finance team 2014; partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP 2014 to date; banking & finance practice group leader, 2015 to date.




Law Society of Scotland.


Falkirk High School; University of Edinburgh (1995 LLB Hons; 1996 Dip LP).


Busy working mum of three lively children, live music, skiing, entertaining.

Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘flexible and client-focused’ group ‘really knows its stuff’ in infrastructure finance, property finance, asset finance and receivables finance. The diverse practice also covers debt restructurings, fund finance, debt capital markets financings and loan portfolio transactions, addressing the needs of a broad client base, which includes corporate borrowers, commercial and investment banks, and investment funds. Fiona Buchanan’s team includes Andrew Kinnes and Hamish Patrick, who have a first-rate reputation in securitisations, and Clare Foster and Patrick Bell, who have vast experience of project finance transactions. Bell and Paul Hally led separate teams which acted for Bank of Scotland and HM Treasury respectively in the £86m financing to Countesswells Development Limited (a subsidiary of Stewart Milne Group) of an infrastructure and housing project on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Another highlight for the firm involved acting as Scottish law counsel to HSBC as arranger of Greene King Finance’s £340m issuance of commercial mortgage-backed notes. Consultant Graham Burnside is a renowned Islamic finance expert. Roderick MacLeod, Iain Wishart, Peter Alderdice and Neil Cowan are also recommended.

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