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Michael Taylor

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Walker Morris LLP

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Banking & Finance


Partner and Head of Banking & Finance


Michael is the head of the firm’s Banking unit and is recognised for his experience in advising banks and corporate borrowers on all aspects of corporate banking and acquisition finance. He has particular expertise in both bilateral and syndicated transactions including acquisition and property finance and development funding and restructuring.

Michael also specialises in non-contentious corporate recovery and restructuring work and advises lenders, insolvency practitioners and corporate clients in relation to insolvency issues. He is named in Chambers as a leading individual and listed in Legal Experts for both his banking and insolvency expertise.  The Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession states that “he is superb.  Technically very strong, very commercial and pleasant to deal with”.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Taylor - Walker Morris LLP

Within: Banking and finance

‘A strong regional player’, Walker Morris LLP’s ‘extremely client-focused team really makes an effort to know its clients and their needs’, enabling it to ‘provide highly commercial advice in a proactive, informed and experienced way’. Michael Taylor is ‘well connected, highly knowledgeable, tenacious, focused and task driven’; he specialises in bilateral and syndicated transactions including acquisition and property finance work and development funding. Taylor’s recent work includes assisting Adler and Allan Group with the £77m refinancing of its borrowings and advising Proactis Group on a £45m senior term loan and revolving credit facilities raised with HSBC to finance its reverse takeover of Perfect Commerce. Ian Akitt and Peter Considine are also names to note; clients praise Akitt as ‘genuinely brilliant’ and Considine as ‘a go-to lawyer who is thorough, hardworking and experienced with a calm, unruffled and assured manner’. Akitt recently advised Evans Property Management on £240m property investment and development facilities and assisted Tradehold with a capital raising through a South African Rand denominated preference share issue to finance a property portfolio, while Considine acted for Reward Finance Group on a secured loan note facility.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Walker Morris LLP is ‘an outstanding insolvency firm in Leeds’ that ‘receives top marks across the board’ and combines ‘a strong understanding of the field with unbeatable pragmatism and a client-oriented approach’. Department head Simon Clark is ‘a brilliant problem solver and incredible intellectual’; he focuses on non-contentious corporate recovery and turnaround matters and recently acted for NorthEdge on the restructuring of Help-Link. The team also includes David Hinchliffe, who has a niche specialism in football club finance work; John Roche, who handles claims for insolvency practitioners against company directors; asset-based lending expert Duncan Lole, non-contentious-focused Michael Taylor and Gawain Moore, who regularly works on cross-border insolvencies. Senior associates Sarah MacAuley and Olivia Robinson are also names to note. Moore acted for Begbies Traynor as liquidators of Changtel Solutions and Roche assisted BHP Corporate Solutions as liquidator of Topps Rogers Financial Management. Endless, Deloitte and KPMG are also clients.

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