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Work 020 7628 7576
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33856 FINSBURY SQUARE
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Leeds, London

Sharon Kirkham

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Work 020 7880 4268
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www.devonshires.com/dt_team/sharon-kirkham/
Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Securitisation

Position

Sharon is a partner and heads up the securitisation team of over 35 securitisation specialists. Sharon joined Devonshires in 1994 as a trainee legal executive and studied part-time, qualifying as a solicitor in October 1998 and winning the Law Society Prize for Outstanding Performance, becoming a partner in 2006. Sharon’s team acts for over 90 registered providers. Her experience includes the securitisation of residential street properties and developments under loan facilities of amounts varying from £1m to £450m on behalf of registered providers. Sharon’s notable transactions include acting for Circle in their merger with Affinity Sutton in 2016 to create Clarion, acting for Circle, Orbit, Great Places, Regenda, Wythenshawe and Your Housing on their large scale refinancing exercises, acting for Swan Housing and Riverside Housing in the switch from their syndicated facilities to bilateral facilities and acting for AmicusHorizon (now Optivo), BPHA, Bromford Housing Group, Circle (now Clarion), Great Places Housing Group, Hyde Group, London & Quadrant Housing Trust, Midland Heart, Moat Homes, Notting Hill Housing Trust, Radian Housing Group, Raglan Housing, Riverside Housing, Swan Housing and Yorkshire Housing (to name just a few) in the property charging on their bond issues/private placements. Clients state that ‘Sharon Kirkham’s commitment, understanding and support in securitisation work is second to none’. Sharon is seeking to achieve ‘stress-free securitisation’ in the sector by giving Security Training Seminars to RPs throughout the whole of England and Wales.

Career

Trained as legal executive Devonshires 1994; qualified as solicitor Devonshires 1998; partner Devonshires 2006.

Education

Dame Alice Owens School; London Guildhall University.

Leisure

Reading, horse riding.


London: Real estate

Social housing: finance

Within: Leading individuals

Sharon Kirkham - Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Within: Social housing: finance

At Devonshires Solicitors LLP, ‚Äėthe strength of the team lies in its deep knowledge of the highly regulated environment surrounding social housing‚Äô. For some clients, that expertise makes that the team ‚Äėthe go-to firm for registered providers‚Äô involved in any variety of fund raising exercises, from debt capital markets issuances and private placements, to borrowing activities from funds and local authorities. Capital markets highlights have included Julian Barker¬†advising Martlet Homes on a ¬£400m A+ rated bond issuance, and acting for Aldwyck Housing Group in relation to a ¬£40m private placement. In the bank lending space, a team including Andrew Cowan¬†advised Your Housing Group on seven new and restated facility agreements totalling ¬£457m. Similarly, Barker and Sharon Kirkham¬†assisted Hyde Housing Association with a ¬£760m refinancing transaction, which involved restructuring debt and various swaps with five separate banks. Further, Gary Grigor¬†advised The Riverside Group on two new facilities and one restated facility with HSBC Bank, Svenska Handelsbanken and Barclays Bank totalling ¬£200m. The firm also has an active property charging practice led by Richard Sharpe¬†and Saghar Roya, which acted for L&Q to help secure two separate ¬£500m bond issuances. Chris Drabble¬†specialises in security-related transactions and heads the firm‚Äôs Leeds office.

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