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Hilary Platt

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Wedlake Bell LLP

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Hilary is head of the finance team and specialises in asset and acquisition finance. She has acted for financial institutions and corporate borrowers on a wide range of syndicated and bilateral financings often involving cross-border elements. The primary focus of her practice since joining Wedlake Bell has been on property financing (for both investment and development purposes and acquisition financing). She also has considerable experience of borrowing base facilities, having acted for various oil and gas exploration companies on numerous financings.


Hilary heads Wedlake Bell's banking team. She qualified at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 1992 and joined Wedlake Bell in 1997, becoming a Partner in 2000. As part of her post qualification experience Hilary spent over two years in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Paris office gaining experience of aircraft finance work and is fluent in French.


English, French


Women in Banking and Finance; French Chamber of Commerce; Association of Corporate Treasurers.


Strathearn School, Belfast; Merton College, Oxford (Law); Guildford College of Law (Law Society finals).

London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Led by the 'very professional' Hilary Platt, Wedlake Bell LLP 's 'well-balanced' two partner team provides a 'responsive service' to lenders and corporate borrowers across a wide range of syndicated and bilateral financings. Platt has recently handled numerous large refinancing deals for Day Lewis plc including in relation to the addition of a new tranche of debt to the group's main club facility. Chris Vause is also recommended. Other clients include HSBC, Honest Burgers and Bank of Ireland.

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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Hilary Platt leads the 'well-balanced', 'knowledgeable' and 'approachable' team at Wedlake Bell LLP, which has handled transactions relating to a variety of asset classes, including student accommodation, residential schemes and hotels. In addition, Chris Vause acted for HSBC on a £15m term loan and accordion facility with a golf club company, and advised a central London property investor on a £35m loan secured over a portfolio of commercial properties. Key clients include Alpha Bank London, Day Lewis, Care UK and Fairacre Asset Management; Arbuthnot Latham, Elysian Residences and Global Holdings are among the team's new clients. Associate Helena Heaton and solicitor Tamsin Davies are also noted; Richard Roberts left for an in-house role.

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