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Addleshaw Goddard

EXCHANGE TOWER, 19 CANNING STREET, EDINBURGH, EH3 8EH, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 228 2400
Fax:
Fax 0131 222 9800
DX:
ED27 EDINBURGH
Email:
Web:
www.addleshawgoddard.com

Tom Speirs

Tel:
Work 0131 222 9809
Email:
Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Banking and finance.

Position

Tom specialises in banking and finance work and acts for all of the major banks in the UK on transactional and advisory work. He has worked on a large number of corporate and banking projects with a broad range of capital values. He has been instrumental in ensuring the firm remains on the panels of most UK banks as well as a number of European and other overseas banks. Tom is regarded by a number of lenders as a market leader in financing businesses which provide frontline and associated healthcare support services. His substantial catalogue of completed transactions in this field is testament to his experience and quality of service.

Career

Trained Maclay Murray Spens; qualified 1997; partner HBJ Gateley 2007 to date, head of graduate recruitment 2010 to 2014; head of BNF 2014 to 2017.

Member

Law Society of Scotland.

Education

University of Dundee (1995 LLB Hons).


Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Addleshaw Goddard, which launched in Scotland by merging with HBJ Gateley in 2017, has an experienced team that demonstrates 'a high level of commerciality when reviewing transactions'. Further, 'it can provide considered advice through a bank or borrower lens, allowing good decisions to be made'; clients include Royal Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank, Santander, HSBC, Robertson Group and Topaz Energy & Marine. It also acts for non-bank funders, such as Route Finance and Shawbrook Bank. The team is led by Alan Shanks, who has vast experience of acquisition finance transactions in the renewable energy, oilfield services and shipping sectors. In 2017, Shanks was the lead adviser to Business Growth Fund on a £56m co-investment with Blue Water Energy into ROVOP; the purpose of the financing was to enable ROVOP to expand its fleet of remotely-operated vehicles. Euan Cluness handles acquisition and leveraged finance transactions, and he also has notable experience of asset-based lending, particularly in the whisky industry. Cluness acted for for PNC Business Credit and the Bank of Scotland in their £80m asset-based lending facility to independent distiller Ian Macleod Distillers. Alex Innes, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, is recommended for his real estate finance expertise. Tom Speirs, Catriona Smith and managing associate Peter Smartt are other key figures.

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