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Brodies LLP

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Alan Knowles

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Brodies LLP

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Banking and finance


Partner advising banks and corporate clients on a range of domestic and international finance transactions, Alan acts for banks in Scotland and also supports City of London and overseas law firms on the Scottish aspects of UK wide and international deals. Alan has over 17 years’ experience and a strong track record of work in leveraged finance, funds finance, real estate finance, debt restructurings and advisory work.


Qualified 1999; in-house legal counsel RBS; Burness LLP 2001, associate 2003; Brodies LLP 2005, partner 2006.


Aberdeen University (LLB Hons 2(1); Diploma in Legal Practice); ACIBS (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland); Notary Public.

Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Brodies LLP's banking team has 'good links with the key Scottish institutions' and 'delivers joined-up advice by working with other practices'. Michael Stoneham, who is the head of energy and infrastructure finance, 'balances technical skills, attention to detail, commerciality and team management to deliver excellent results in a short time frame'. Neal Richardson in Aberdeen leads the marine finance team. Chris Dun, who joined from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017 with four other team members (prior to its merger with Dentons), has strengthened the firm's offering in real estate finance and housing finance. A growth area of the firm's practice has been in funds finance; in a recent highlight, Peter Kelly and associate Jack Moir advised Regional REIT Limited on the amendment and restatement of circa £70m of existing facility agreements with Santander to finance the expansion of the client's commercial property portfolio. Team head Bruce Stephen has more than 20 years of banking and finance experience, with expertise in areas such as asset-based lending and receivables financing, among various others. Alan KnowlesMarion MacInnes, and managing associates Billy Kay and Fiona Cameron, are also recommended.

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