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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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  4. Rising stars

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Browne Jacobson LLP's Nottingham office is one of the firm's main centres of banking and finance work, along with those in Manchester and Birmingham; Paul Ray oversees the practice across all three offices. The practice undertakes a wide range of financing transactions, and also stands out for its work in private equity, acting for banks, private equity houses and management teams, as well as those connected with the health and real estate sectors. Associate Mark Lewis heads up the property finance practice. Asset-based lending is another core area of strength; Shaun McCabe has substantial experience in this area.

Practice head(s):Paul Ray (Birmingham)

Other key lawyers:Mark Lewis; Shaun McCabe

Testimonials

'Browne Jacobson combines a partner-led approach with very strong commerciality to complete transactions within agreed timescales'

'Excellent in terms of availability, very proactive and sensible.'

'Shaun McCabe and Chereta Edmeade are excellent - they work hard and provide great advice.'

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank Plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Homes England

Investec Bank Plc

Clydesdale Bank Plc

Northedge Capital

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Belvoir Lettings Plc

Shepherd Direct

Foresight LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising Lloyds Development Capital on a senior debt package provided by a club of banks to fund the acquisition of, and investment in, Neilson Active Holidays.
  • Advised SDL Group on the refinance of facilities with Yorkshire Bank and RBS.
  • Acted for HSBC on the bank’s £9.5m funding package to Internet Fusion Group Limited.
  • Acted for Belvoir Lettings Plc on its £17,000,000 refinance with HSBC UK Bank Plc.
  • Advised a bank on a £15m forward fund of a mixed use development in Rickmansworth, anchored by household name tenants.

Freeths LLP's market-leading reputation is underpinned by its seamless coordination across offices and breadth of expertise. Nottingham office managing partner Chris Freeston has expertise in all types of corporate lending transactions, with notable specialisms in property and construction finance, as well as project finance. Also based in Nottingham are John Heaphy, - whose acquisition finance knowledge complements his M&A experience -  recently promoted director Katie Hillier and director Renata Rai. During 2018 the team was boosted by the addition of derivatives expert Adam Wood from Clifford Chance. Phil Baigent in Leicester is well-known for his expertise in the private healthcare sector, where he acts for funders, investors and care home operators.

Practice head(s):Chris Freeston

Other key lawyers:John Heaphy; Phil Baigent; Katie Hillier; Renata Rai; Adam Wood

Testimonials

'Freeths offers superb out-of-the-box thinking'

'Chris Freeston is very engaging, and has an ability to cover a wide variety of financing transactions, ranging from property finance to private equity and everything in between'

'The team is very personable, knowledgeable and fast in providing solutions'

'In many cases, other law firms fail to provide adequate advice around the legal documents and associated risks, whereas Freeths will properly advise as to how each point will affect us'

Key Clients

Clydesdale Bank

Lloyds Bank

Allied Irish Bank

Santander UK

Cambridge & Counties Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Frontier Development Capital

Lloyds Development Capital

Finance Birmingham

Business Growth Fund

Leumi ABL

West Midlands Combined Authority

ZSL Capital

CapitalRise

Reditum Capital

Chancerygate

Work highlights

  • Acted for the borrower on the financing aspects of the development of a luxury hotel in the Midlands.
  • Acted for the borrower on the refinance of a recently completed student accommodation development in Reading.

Gateley Plc operates at the top end of the banking and finance market in the region, where it stands out in areas such as private equity, acquisition finance and real estate finance. It also has notable specialisms in asset-based lending, asset finance and consumer credit. In addition to handling domestic mandates, cross-border work is another area of activity for the firm, particularly in the context of restructuring transactions. Practice head Anna Mayfield is particularly experienced in financing transactions connected with the healthcare sector, and also those involving universities.

Practice head(s):Anna Mayfield

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

KBC Bank N.V.

HSBC UK Bank Plc

BGF Investments

Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank

Lloyds Development Capital

Shard Credit Partners

Maven Debt Finance

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc/ National Westminster Bank Plc

Leumi ABL Limited

Santander UK Plc

Urban Exposure

Geldards LLP's practice is increasing its share of work from traditional and challenger banks, as well as corporate and individual borrowers. Jenny Chatten and David Watson have a strong track record handling banking law issues for UK public sector entities, while the practice is increasingly sought-out by companies in the manufacturing sector. In addition, the firm also generates work from Germany-based clients, and provides English law support to German law firms.

Practice head(s):Jenny Chatten; David Watson

Testimonials

'The team has a commercial approach and is proactive in its advice'

Key Clients

AIB Group (UK) Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

HSBC Bank Plc and HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Limited

Biocity Group Limited

Leumi ABL Ltd

National Westminster Bank Plc

Hillarys Finance (UK) Limited

Net-m Privatbank 1891 AG

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised AIB Group (UK) Plc on the negotiation of a facility agreement to be entered into by Complete Engineering Holdings Limited for the refinancing of a property backed loan.
  • Advised Pentaxia Ltd on entering into a loan facility and grant funding provided by Derby City Council via its Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.
  • Acted for Santander on a refinance and review of its banking arrangements with EOTH Limited.
  • Advised Arrma Durrango on the implications to the English companies in the Hobbico Group on their banking arrangements with the group’s US lenders and negotiating and drafting relevant English law documents to secure US funding.
  • Advised Santander on the variation of the facility and security for Fort Halstead and Marlborough Estates – both Isle of Man entities of a Protected Cell Company - to allow for a change in the property investment portfolio.

Hewitsons' banking and finance offering operates on a cross-office, multidisciplinary basis, supporting clients on a wide range of transactions. The firm sits on a number of regional bank panels, such as Lloyds, Santander and AIB. It is also highly regarded on borrower-side mandates. Under the leadership of banking head Neil Harpham, the practice covers property finance, corporate and acquisition finance, and construction finance, among other areas. Sector specialisation is a core feature of the practice, with strengths including agricultural finance and financing for the charities and education sectors. Tim Middleton is experienced in transactions connected with residential property development.

Practice head(s):Neil Harpham

Testimonials

'The team makes a real effort to understand the underlying transaction, act professionally, accurately and often within demanding timeframes'

Key Clients

Homes England

Lloyds Bank Plc

AIB (UK) Plc

Clydesdale Bank

The Agricultural

Mortgage Corporation Plc

Svenska Handelsbanken

Work highlights

  • Advised a property investment company registered in the British Virgin Islands on the refinancing by a UK bank of iconic multi-tenanted commercial property in the West End of London.
  • Advised a UK educational charity on the refinancing of its existing bank funding into a new three-year revolving credit facility.
  • Acted for a farming client on the proposed transfer of a substantial farming estate to a new trust, together with a refinance.
  • Advising a property development company on a secured bond issue.
  • Advised a bank on the financing of a newly incorporated multi academy trust.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's banking and finance team in Leicester was recently bolstered by the return of Chris Rees from Howes Percival LLP . Rees advises banks, other finance providers and borrowers on real estate investment and development finance, acquisition finance and general secured and unsecured lending, among other areas. Also based in Leicester is Simon Trees, who heads up a specialist finance litigation team, and has won a string of new mandates from clients such as SME Asset Finance Limited and Ultimate Asset Finance Limited. James Coningsby is also another key figure in Leicester. Derby-based David Kaplan acts for banks in the asset-based lending sector. Michael Lodge in Nottingham is the overall practice head.

Practice head(s):Michael Lodge

Other key lawyers:Chris Rees; Simon Trees; James Coningsby; David Kaplan

Testimonials

'Very good firm with a wide skillset at partner level'

'Michael Lodge is an excellent banking partner'

Key Clients

National Westminster Bank Plc

GS Developments Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Svenska Handelsbanken

Prime Life Limited

Ultimate Asset Finance Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

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