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Deborah Archer

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Corporate Finance and Banking


Deborah is a Director in Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s corporate finance and banking department. Deborah advises on corporate finance, and secured and unsecured lending for borrowers and financial institutions. She also specialises in refinancing, restructuring, work-outs and financial distress situations. Examples of specific areas of Deborah’s practice include project finance, acquisitions finance, ABL, structured finance and securitisations of receivables portfolios.


Trained at L’Estrange & Brett (now Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP); Qualified in 2001; Worked at A&L Goodbody and Tughans before joining Cleaver Fulton Rankin in 2015; Admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in 2001; Partner in present firm 2015.


Law Society of Northern Ireland (2001 – present)


The Queen’s University of Belfast; The Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast

Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance

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Deborah Archer - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Within: Banking and finance

According to some, Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s practice is ‘fully au fait with all aspects of banking and finance’. The group acts for a predominantly lender client base, including Danske Bank, Nationwide, Santander, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank, and its expertise includes acquisition finance, corporate finance and project financings, among other areas. Project finance expert and practice head Stephen Cross has ‘a huge level of knowledge and experience in the sector and is generally unflappable’; he acted as Northern Ireland counsel to energy company Wirsol regarding a £88m loan from Bayerische Landesbank to finance the development of 19 solar sites across England and Northern Ireland. In another highlight, Cross and Deborah Archer assisted the Titanic Quarter Group with a £75m refinancing package to continue the regeneration of the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. In 2017, Christopher Neill moved to Millar McCall Wylie LLP .

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