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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Jon Bond

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Financial services, real estate and construction; banking and finance.


Jon specialises in advising both lenders and borrowers in connection with a variety of financing techniques, including syndicated lending, acquisition finance, property finance, mezzanine finance and shari'ah-compliant finance. He advises a range of clients, from private banks, banks, large corporates, private equity houses and debt platforms to property developers and investors. He has particular experience in real estate finance and the emerging markets. Jon regularly presents on banking and finance at the Henry Stewart Conferences.

London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is 'a very strong, well rounded firm with a good array of experts in this field'. Clients report 'very high quality and service of a level comparable with any top UK firm'. The practice is best-known for its advice on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, particularly in the financial services, real estate, retail, infrastructure and agricultural sectors. It handles a broad range of mid-market and big-ticket deals, which last year included advising AIM-listed fastjet plc on a $44m fundraising to expand its operations into South Africa and Mozambique, and to access three ATR 72-600 aircraft for ten years. For Barbados National Oil Company, the firm helped to negotiate terms for two joint operating agreements with BHP Billiton relating oil and gas exploration of the Carlisle Bay and Bimshire offshore blocks. Adrian Mayer is the key partner in the practice and clients describe him as 'exceptionally intelligent and very client-friendly'. The firm has many partners involved in emerging markets projects, including head of financial services Jon Bond; corporate partners Hamish Perry and David Berry, who frequently handle deals in the Caribbean; and corporate finance specialist Keir Gordon. John Fletcher retired.

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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†handles a mixture of borrower and lender-side work, and has bolstered its client base with the addition of Metro Bank, OakNorth Bank, Octopus Property, Downing and Man Group. The team, which is led jointly by¬†Paul Kay¬†and¬†Daniel Sullivan, advises clients on a range of real estate asset classes; Sullivan acted for Downing as lender on a ¬£22m syndicated facility for the development of a data centre campus, and¬†Jon Bond¬†acted for Octopus Property on a ¬£25.5m loan to an SPV to fund the acquisition and development of the Brighton Astoria Cinema into a building comprised of residential and commercial units. In other highlights, the team acted for Aerium in relation to the ‚ā¨103m refinancing of its H2O headquarters in Luxembourg with an investment facility from Nomura. Key clients include Lloyds Bank and¬†Aeriance Investments.

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