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Clarke Willmott LLP

EMPEROR HOUSE, SCOTT HARBOUR, PIERHEAD STREET, CARDIFF, CF10 4PH, WALES
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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP

Led by the 'calm and experienced' Fraser MacRae, Clarke Willmott LLP 's four-partner team provides a 'proactive service' to lenders and borrowers on real estate finance matters. It is particularly accomplished in relation to social housing finance, where the firm's work includes advice on syndicated loans, securitisations and private placements, for lenders and housing associations.

Practice head(s):Fraser MacRae

Other key lawyers:Bethan Evans; Clare Gregory

Testimonials

The team is knowledgeable and provides a great relationship based working arrangement to foster confidence.

A friendly, can-do and commercial culture allied to strong technical expertise

Bethan Evans is task-focused and approachable in heat of battle

Key Clients

Triodos Bank

Handelsbanken

Santander Bank

Lloyds Bank

Allied Irish Bank

Homes England Investment

Wellesley Finance

Secure Trust Bank

One Housing Group

Melin Housing

Rhondda Housing Association

Grŵp Cynefin

Work highlights

  • Providing a bespoke facility for AIB Group (UK) Plc for the management buyout of a recruitment company based in South Wales.
  • Advising a significant Welsh social housing provider on a loan and amendments to financial covenants across its borrowing arrangements.
  • Instructed by Lloyds Bank in relation to a revolving credit facility made available to Valleys to Coast Housing Association.
  • Advised the Principality Building Society in relation to a £10m loan to Taff Housing Association.
  • Instructed by Santander in relation to a further loan to Cardiff and Vale College, to purchase a building adjoining its main Cardiff site.

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Wales: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP

Able to leverage the firm's strong ties with numerous national lenders and also gaining increased traction in the local market, the Cardiff-based team at Clarke Willmott LLP is particularly strong at handling real estate finance, across general commercial property as well as social housing finance, where Vicky Kells has a particular niche.

Practice head(s):Vicky Kells

Other key lawyers:Clare Gregory

Testimonials

The team takes a very collaborative approach and provides timely and constructive support and advice.

No matter how awkward the title, or how complex the underlying transaction, or how restrictive the timescales, the team delivers.

Clare Gregory always goes the extra mile to make a completion happen - working above and beyond for all transactions.

 

Key Clients

Santander UK

Rhondda Housing Association

Principality Building Society

Urban Mining Energy

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Careers Wales

Wales & West Housing

Svenska Handelsbanken

Tridos Bank

Lloyds Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Work highlights

  • The firm advised Santander in relation to a loan facility to Cardiff and Vale College, to facilitate the purchase a building adjoining its main Cardiff site
  • The firm advised the housing association on the acquisition of a development site that was transferred to the client by way of a same day transfer from a third party to the seller.    
  • The firm advised the lender on the provision of a loan facility to the borrower to refinance some of its property portfolio.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

'Extremely knowledgeable in the sector', Clarke Willmott LLP's 'accessible and knowledgeable' Cardiff team has a market-leading reputation for handling financing work - including syndicated loans, securitisations and private placements - on behalf of housing associations and lenders. Team head Vicky Kells regularly acts for registered social landlords (RSLs) on the property security aspects associated with bank and bond financings. The 'solutions-oriented' Fraser MacRae provides the core financing expertise for lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):Vicky Kells

Other key lawyers:Fraser MacRae; Bethan Evans

Testimonials

'The team provides thorough and insightful advice.'

'Vicky Kells is always on hand if something really does go horribly wrong - and she has a great track record for fixing it.'

Key Clients

Wales & West Housing Association

Grŵp Cynefin

Melin Housing

Cadwyn Housing

Hafod Housing Association

Rhondda Housing Association

Newydd Housing Association

Pobl Group

Metropolitan Thames Valley

L&Q Housing Trust

One Housing Group

Handelsbanken

GreenSquare Group

Yarlington Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Wales & West Housing in a charging exercise comprising 1,400 residential properties to support a £70m loan facility.
  • Instructed by Cadwyn Housing Association to undertake a property title review of unencumbered properties that will be charged in 2019.
  • Instructed by Grŵp Cynefin to undertake a project to apply for first registration at the Land Registry for more than 100 residential properties
  • Acted for Southern Housing Group in connection with property security to be put in place for its £75m revolving credit facility.
  • Instructed by Principality Building Society to draft and negotiate a bespoke facility agreement and security documentation together with taking fixed charge security over tenanted social housing assets.
Leading individuals

Vicky Kells - Clarke Willmott LLP

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