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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Ward Yates

A boutique firm which primarily but not exclusively acts for borrowers, Ward Yateseasily competes with the big boys in the market – it is able to service any size of transaction’. Name partners Nick Ward, who is ‘charming and approachable – sensible rather than a box-ticker’, and Victoria Yates, who is ‘commercial, pragmatic and technically strong’ with ‘some very strong relationships in the property industry’, handle a range of work, with a strong focus on the London real estate market, as well as mandates for banks, property developers and investment funds. Kelly and Yates advised an ultra-high net worth client on a £36m term facility for the purchase of a unit trust owning London property and refinancing the trust’s existing debt. Ward and Kelly, working with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, advised a developer on £78m senior and mezzanine facilities for the acquisition of a London property.

Leading individuals

Nick Ward - Ward Yates

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Ward Yates

Ward Yatesprovides technical expertise which more than matches larger firms, coupled with the level of personal service that being a boutique firm allows for’. The firm, which is ‘smaller than most in the market but capable of delivering when quality advice is needed in a commercially sensitive time frame’, handles significant cross-border M&A and onshore real estate deals for business, investment funds and high-net-worth individuals. Victoria Yates has ‘extensive knowledge of her practice area and is able to provide efficient, pragmatic advice which takes into account the commercial needs of her clients’; she advised AustralianSuper on its purchase of a majority interest in the King’s Cross development project in London, which was owned through a JPUT. Nick Ward and Elaine Kelly, a newly-promoted partner, advised Greybull Capital on its £400m purchase of Tata Steel’s long products business, which now trades as British Steel. In another highlight Ward, who has ‘second-to-none technical knowledge’, advised a furniture company on a court-approved scheme of arrangement, including handling the court work. Senior associate Corinne Barnes is a new hire from Ogier.

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 2

Ward Yates

Ward Yates is ‘one of the top performers in respect of responsiveness and accuracy – clients know they are going to get a quick and friendly service’. ‘A super, small practice that clients recommend highly’, it advises leading trust companies on various private client structures, and also handles some representation of minor and unborn beneficiaries. The ‘approachableVictoria Yateswill go above and beyond in order to reach an agreed deadline; nothing is too much trouble for her’. She advised a trust company on creating a £100m private trust company for a high-net-worth family from the CIS region and, with Corinne Barnes, advised a beneficiary on indemnities sought by a trust company.

Leading individuals

Victoria Yates - Ward Yates

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