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Addleshaw Goddard

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Lee Shankland

Work 0113 209 2000
Addleshaw Goddard


Head of the firm’s housing finance practice and one of the finance partners. Specialises in housing finance, structured real estate finance, project finance and derivatives.


Partner 2007.

London: Real estate

Social housing: finance

Within: Leading individuals

Lee Shankland - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Social housing: finance

Addleshaw Goddard is ‘an acknowledged leader’ for social housing finance deals, and ‘has a depth of experience that is simply invaluable’. The team, which has taken on a number of new associates, is best known for advising lenders in the debt capital markets space, and has also acted in refinancing transactions associated with all of the housing sector’s major mergers. Indeed, Lee Shankland acted for all lenders to Genesis Housing Association, Notting Hill Housing Trust and Notting Hill Home Ownership in relation to the mergers of these groups, and the associated refinancing of all legacy debt. Similarly, Nick Barlow advised a consortium of lenders including Abbey National Treasury Services and AIB Group on the refinance of all existing loan facilities to AmicusHorizon and Viridian Housing as part of the merger between these housing association to create the new group, Optivo; the team then advised AIB Group on its new ISDA documentation with Optivo. Capital markets highlights have included Beth Collett advising the joint bookrunners and bond and security trustee on a secured bond issuance by London & Quadrant (L&Q) totalling £500m, and Steve Mackie assisting BlackRock Investment Management with a £100m private placement transaction with Wheatley Housing Group, which marked the client’s second-ever transaction in the social housing sector. Managing associate Geoffrey McGinley is also recommended.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

The ‘well-respected and highly professional team’ at Addleshaw Goddard is ‘incredibly strong in the region; to its excellent knowledge of the latest industry and market positions’ enables it to ‘provide first-rate advice’. The ‘technically brilliantDavid Handy leads the group, which recently saw substantial changes including Geoff McGinley, Tom McHugh and Louise Wood being promoted to managing associate and Andrew Fordham joining from Squire Patton Boggs in 2018. Other key individuals include Jenny Cromack, Lee Shankland and Nick Barlow. The team is highly regarded for its expertise encompassing corporate banking, real estate finance, leveraged finance, unitranche transactions and social housing finance. The group also regularly acts for lender clients including Santander and HSBC; Handy advised the latter on its provision of facilities to Supermarket REIT. Other highlights include assisting Volpi Capital with its debt facilities provided by Lloyds Bank for the buyout of Version 1, handling asset-based lending facilities for Allied Glass Containers from Investec Bank for the refinancing of its existing facilities and acting for Abbey National Treasury Services, AIB Group, Barclays Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide Building Society and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on the refinancing of all existing loan facilities to AmicusHorizon housing group and Viridian Housing.

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