Banking and finance in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's banking and finance practice in the North West is led by Martin O’Shea, who has two decades of experience in the regional market. His strengths lie in leveraged, real estate and corporate finance. He is supported by Richard Oman, who represents corporate borrowers and financial institutions, while the asset finance group is led by Andrew Maskill, a key partner in the practice. Also of note is Simon Prendergast - 'one of the sharpest ABL minds' - while experienced associates Ben Edwards and Caroline Gray are likewise recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martin O’Shea

Testimonials

‘The AG team in Manchester are without doubt one of the strongest legal teams in the country. They are happy to devote their time assisting with any queries, big or small, and are one of the first firms I will pick the phone up to if I have something to discuss.’

‘Simon Prendergast is one of the sharpest ABL minds in the region. Approachable and down to earth.’

‘Caroline Gray is commercial and knowledgeable.’

‘Kate Jones is resilient and resourceful. Always available to help.’

‘Excellent customer service – very responsive and advice is commercial and relevant.’

Key clients

PZ Cussons

Tosca Debt Capital LLP

Santander UK plc

Investec Bank plc

NCC Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Hut Group in connection with its facilities in excess of $1bn.
  • Advised Co-op on the renewal of its £400m banking facilities with a groundbreaking sustainable revolving credit facility.
  • Advised JD Sports on the underwrite and refinance of its revolving credit facility with a syndicate of eight lenders.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's practice is described as 'excellent - highly professional, diligent, approachable and commercial'. Matthew Christmas and Joseph Frew jointly lead the team; Christmas, who is 'widely respected in the market', is known for his advice to banks and credit funds on bilateral and syndicated facilities. Frew, meanwhile, is 'approachable and practical' and is strong on asset-based lending work, including real estate finance, both regionally and nationally. Rebecca Williams, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard in February 2019, has strengthened the team, bringing expertise in asset finance. Legal director Sidraf Arif works on structured finance transactions, both nationally and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Christmas; Joseph Frew

Testimonials

‘Whilst there is a broad banking team, they retain strength in depth with the ability to bring in appropriate expertise from other elements of the firm as needed. Good skill set, client focused and service orientated.’

‘DLA North West are excellent. I feel they are #1 in their market, highly professional, diligent, approachable and commercial. Resourced fully and have absolutely no issues with using them to support our transactions.’

‘Matthew Christmas is widely respected in the market and widely knowledgeable; legal expertise, but a good grasp of commercial issues.

‘Charles Weems has worked with us for a number of years and over that time has continually striven to improve his skills. A great, and effective, work ethic.’

‘Joe Frew  typifies what we would look for from a lawyer. Approachable and practical yet professional. He keeps us on track and protects our interests.’

‘Alastair Carruthers is building his own profile and learning from all around. We are using him more and more.’

Key clients

Tosca Debt Capital

IG Design Group Plc

National Westminster Bank plc

INEOS Enterprises Holdings Limited

Biffa Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for the INEOS in 13 jurisdictions (co-ordinating 15 jurisdictions in total) on its circa USD 1.5 billion TLA/TLB refinancing, also dealing with a number of complex ancillary workstreams, including a group reorganisation and acquisitions.
  • Acted for Biffa plc in relation to a GBP 350 million multicurrency revolving facility from a syndicate of ten banks, with Barclays Bank PLC as Agent, co-ordinating four jurisdictions.
  • Advising Tosca Debt Capital LLP in connection with its unitranche financing of the take-private of the multi-jurisdictional video games business Catalis group and its £90m acquisition by NorthEdge Capital.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's team has a strong track record in areas including asset based lending, education finance and public sector lending. The practice is led by Matthew Morgan, who is able to 'bring experience to bear in his client discussions', with experience advising both borrowers and lenders. He is particularly strong on real estate finance. Samantha Rollason is a key practitioner, working principally on the restructuring of UK and international real estate transactions and funds. Tim Fearn is recognised by the market as a strong banking lawyer with a specialism in corporate and acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Rollason; Tim Fearn

Testimonials

‘The team has a strong offering across the board. It looks after its clients’ interests as one would expect but takes commercial and flexible positions to help transaction complete. There is no ego in the team, ensuring that points are debated pragmatically and without emotion.’

‘Matt Morgan and Tim Fearn are both strong banking lawyers. Matt brings experience to bear in his client discussions and Tim continues to develop his reputation as one of the North West’s best young banking partner through strong support, commercial acumen and strong interpersonal skills.’

Key clients

Permira Debt Capital

Tyman plc

PJ Livesey Group Limited

N M Rothschild & Sons Limited

European Metal Recycling Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a group of six banks in relation to a £400,000,000 facility to Co-operative Group plc, including a unique sustainability revolving credit facility.
  • Advised a group of three banks in relation to a £215,000,000 facility for the development of three student accommodation schemes.
  • Advised Permira Debt Capital in relation to the refinancing of the acquisition facility it provides to Kinaxia Logistics Limited and two subsequent bolt-on acquisitions. The transaction also involved the sale and leaseback of the borrower’s large property portfolio.

Hill Dickinson LLP

The highly regarded Richard Capper leads the banking and finance practice at Hill Dickinson LLP. He has a broad range of experience acting on property finance, project finance and acquisition finance for both public and private companies, and divides his time between Liverpool, Manchester and London. Chris Johnston and Alasdair Mackinnon are in charge of the Manchester office; Mackinnon has developed connections with national banks and alternative lenders. Johnston is prominent on property finance work, representing major banks. Senior associate Emma Howard is active in both Liverpool and Manchester and has experience on major finance transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Emma Howard

Key clients

Cynergy Bank Limited

North West Evergreen Fund

Coutts & Co

Sinclair Pharma Limited

HSBC Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for regular client, Downing, in connection with the funding by Santander Lending Ltd of a large student accommodation and commercial development in Lambeth, London.
  • Acted for Coutts & Co in connection with the provision of facilities to Jupiter 33 Limited for the purpose of the acquisition of St Louise’s Hostel, Westminster, which is to be converted into student accommodation. Led on the drafting and negotiation of the finance documents and managed the transaction process.
  • Acting as English counsel to Sinclair Pharma Limited in connection with the provision of facilities from HSBC.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' practice is headed up by the 'approachable, hands on and very practical' Claire Shepherd. She advises clients on a wide range of commercial lending matters, including investment property and development finance, an area of strength for the firm. The practice was bolstered by the addition of associate Ben Shore in 2019 and senior associate John Michael Chidwick in early 2020. Key practitioner Matthew Ingram is active across various sectors, including retail, financial services and healthcare. His expertise includes acting for clients on real estate finance and asset based lending. Debra Cooper has departed to join Shoosmiths LLP in mid-2020.

Practice head(s):

Claire Shepherd

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Ingram

Testimonials

‘Claire Shepherd is a very capable technical lawyer, has excellent commercial acumen and has good communication skills. She is also the antithesis of the ‘classic’ banking partner at a large international law firm. She is approachable, hands on and very practical. You can work with Claire to resolve problems without any formality or posturing on her part; her approach is refreshingly intelligent and sensible.’

‘Claire Shepherd is commercial and responsive with advice pitched at the right level. Pricing is sensible and competitive.’

Key clients

Yorkshire Bank / Clydesdale Bank

HSBC Bank plc

Bank Leumi UK PLC

Allied Irish Banks plc

Rothschild & Sons

Work highlights

  • Acted on the refinancing of GB Group’s facilities, which included the addition of two more banks to the syndicate, enabling GB Group to expand in the United States and purchase IDology Inc.in Atlanta.
  • Advised Rothschild & Sons on the financing for a retail park in the Midlands.
  • Advised OakNorth Bank PLC on its first acquisition finance transaction led from its North of England offices: the provision of acquisition finance facilities to support the acquisition by Westbridge Capital Partners and management of Aptus Utilities.

Brabners LLP

Andrew O’Mahony leads the team at Brabners LLP, which provides an 'excellent service' and is able to 'translate complex issues into understandable language for non-legal people'. O'Mahony's primary expertise lies in advising registered housing providers on borrowing requirements; he also has experience acting for a range of lenders. Joining the firm's Manchester office from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2019, Richard Cowan is a non-contentious banking and finance specialist, and has advised his clients on real estate investment and development finance work. Matthew O’Brien departed the firm to join Ward Hadaway in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Andrew O’Mahony

Other key lawyers:

Richard Cowan

Testimonials

‘The partners are able to translate complex legal documentation into simple to understand language for non-legal people. They respond to queries promptly and highlight issues of importance.’

‘Andrew O’Mahony is our primary contact for funding. He provides an excellent service. The service is responsive, never failing to meet agreed timescale.’

‘Richard Cowan is a first-class partner. Fantastic to work with.’

Key clients

National Westminster Bank plc

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Yorkshire Bank

Elysium Bridging

Brown Shipley

Work highlights

  • Advised Kingsway Asset Finance on its new £25m revolving credit facilities with British Business Investments Limited.
  • Advised The Royal Bank of Scotland on the provision of debt facilities to Chase Property Developments Limited for the refinancing of Teesbay Retail Park.
  • Advised Torus62 Limited (one of the UK’s largest registered housing providers) on the amendment and restatement of its loan facilities with Santander, RBS, Barclays and Nationwide.

DWF

The banking and finance practice at DWF provides a 'highly professional service' and possesses a strong bench of practitioners across Manchester and Liverpool, forming one of the largest teams in the region. The 'practical and quick thinking' James Szerdy leads the team and handles structured and acquisition finance matters; his extensive experience is also shown through his work in the automotive sector, advising on wholesale vehicle funding structures. Another key member of the team is Paul Brown, who is active in the private and public sectors, and has a notable specialism in public sector finance mandates, acting for local authorities and government bodies.

Practice head(s):

James Szerdy

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brown

Testimonials

‘DWF offers not only a highly professional service but is friendly, easy to use and quick.’

‘James Szerdy – known him for over 20 years, highly professional, practical, quick thinking and helpful, nothing is too much trouble.’

Key clients

Homes and Communities Agency

Lendinvest

NextGear Capital UK Limited

Motonovo Finance Limited

Blue Motor Finance

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the novation of the Greater Manchester Housing Investment Fund from Manchester City Council.
  • Acted for Manchester City Council on the provision of loan funding to LTE Group for the acquisition of a site in Manchester City Centre for the development of a new College building and the funding of its estate transformation programme.
  • Acted for Trak Global Group on its £13.5m refinancing with National Westminster Bank in the context of a £40m investment by Three Hills Capital Partners into the group.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's banking and finance practice is active in education, corporate and real estate finance matters for major private companies in the North West. Team head Jason Wurzal handles issues at a regional and national level, working on leveraged finance matters. Leading on the real estate finance front is Taslima Salam, who acts for banks and alternative lenders.

Practice head(s):

Jason Wurzal

Other key lawyers:

Taslima Salam

Key clients

Charles Street Commercial Investments Limited

Barchester Healthcare Limited

Peel Media Limited

Footasylum plc

Cadogan Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Negotiating and agreeing a £65m revolving credit facility agreement for Epwin Group, which was made available by a syndicate of banks for its general working capital purposes.
  • Acting for Zen Internet Limited on its £20m refinancing with Natwest Bank.
  • Acting for Lookers, a leading UK motor retail and after sales service group which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, on its refinancing from a club of lenders.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's practice is led by the highly experienced Richard Sealy, who has assisted on-shore and offshore borrowers with a variety of matters; his strength lies in structured finance and real estate development finance work.  The group also possesses asset-based lending expertise as well as a corporate banking practice, which works closely with the corporate team on transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sealy

Key clients

Independent Wealth Planners UK Limited

Beechbrook Capital

HSBC UK Bank plc

Hurstwood Holdings

Inspired Energy plc

Palatine Private Equity LLP

Verdant Leisure Group

Praetura Asset Finance

Network Space

Santander UK plc

N M Rothschild & Sons

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Oaknorth Bank plc

Heeton Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Palatine Private Equity on the financing aspects of its investments in SMP Partners, Lucion and Veincentre and advising its portfolio company, Verdant Leisure, on its refinancing by LGT Private Debt.
  • Acting for Inspired Energy plc on its entry into a £60m revolving facility agreement with Santander and Bank of Ireland.
  • Advising Beechbrook UK SME Credit Ltd and Santander UK plc on the provision of financing to a UK insurance provider.

gunnercooke LLP

gunnercooke LLP's working model makes it 'especially appealing' to clients, with a 'high calibre' of practitioners undertaking work in a variety of areas. Rob Fawke leads the team and is strong on leveraged and real estate finance work as well as corporate lending transactions. Georgina Tripp assists financial institutions, corporate borrowers and institutional investors with a range of matters including asset-based lending and acquisition finance issues. Jill Parker offers 'quality legal advice and commerciality' and is particularly noted for her real estate finance work.

Practice head(s):

Rob Fawke

Other key lawyers:

Georgina Tripp; Jill Parker

Testimonials

‘The nature of the Gunnercooke model makes it especially appealing. Work stays with the partner instructed and so a client can be sure that the work isn’t just being passed further and further down the ‘food chain’. The high calibre of the individuals and the service provided by GC is excellent value for money.’

‘Jill Parker is exceptional. She is a client’s dream of a legal adviser: offers good quality legal advice, commerciality and responsive. She works well with the other side so that negotiations don’t become tetchy or protracted with petty point scoring.’

Key clients

Oaknorth Bank plc

Urban Splash

AIB Group

Santander UK plc

Richer Sounds Ltd

Delek Group

Secure Trust Bank plc

Royal Bank of Scotland

Handelsbanken plc

Tradebe Medio Ambiente

Work highlights

  • Acted for Richer Sounds Limited on a £15m term loan, revolving credit and overdraft facilities in connection with financing the transfer of 60% of the issued share capital of the company into an employee ownership trust.
  • Acted for AIB Group (UK) plc on the provision of loan facilities of £19.6m to National Care Group Limited.
  • Acted for PFP US (IPL) LLP on its £7.5m development financing facility agreement with the Homes and Communities Agency.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP possess a 'highly experienced team which values long-term client relationships'. George MacMillan heads up the practice, and is singled out for his real estate finance expertise, particularly in the development and investment fields. Contributing to the firm's real estate finance knowledge is Alison Kellett, who has advised clients on commercial and residential portfolios and property acquisition mandates. The 'very knowledgeable' Meave O’Neill is notable in the commercial, residential and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

George MacMillan

Other key lawyers:

Alison Kellett; Meave O’Neill

Testimonials

‘Kuits are a highly experienced team who value long-term client relationships. Highly regarded lawyers across key disciplines ensure that the team are confident in even the most complex matters.’

‘George MacMillan is my main contact. He is always happy to pick up the phone to talk through any point which requires clarification or where a speedy response is needed. He knows a lot of the professionals within the Manchester area and can often help in overcoming potential obstacles which could slow a deal down.’

‘George MacMillan is very experienced and available to advise us and take a position.’

‘Meave O’Neill is very knowledgeable.’

‘Very commercially minded. Always looking to provide logical solutions. Alison Kellett & George Macmillan recommended.’

Key clients

Aldermore Bank plc

Allied Irish Bank (AIB)

Atom Bank

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Close Brothers Bridging Finance (Manchester)

Handelsbanken AB

Investec Bank plc

Lloyds Banking Group plc

Natwest

Roma Finance

Santander

Shawbrook

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's banking and finance practice 'offers a consistently high-quality level of service and pragmatic advice.' The team is led by Liz Sweeney - a 'class act' working on real estate finance matters as well as acquisition and leveraged financing issues. Also of note is Tim McNamara, who displays 'great work ethic' and has experience acting on acquisition finance transactions and real estate finance matters. Judy Fawcett has represented banks, developers and landlords in her recent work. The group's strength was recently bolstered by the addition of Debra Cooper, who joined in mid-2020 from Squire Patton Boggs.

Practice head(s):

Liz Sweeney

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths’ North West banking and finance team are like an extension of our in-house legal team. They know our business, our internal team, and most of the people we transact with. They offer a consistently high quality level of service and pragmatic advice.’

‘Great team to work with, willing to go the extra mile to help their clients succeed. Built on client relationships rather than corporate sector guidance.’

‘Liz Sweeney is a class-act. She is hands on and fully available on each transaction but ably supported by a wider team meaning work can be done effectively and efficiently. The team as a whole is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Tim McNamara was truly exceptional working on a deal we completed, great work ethic right until the end.’

Key clients

Crown Street (Manchester) Limited (Renaker)

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (the “GMCA”)

Mount Property Group Limited

Allied London

Aviv Holdings Limited

Malvern International

Pexion Limited

Amacor Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Crown Street (Manchester) Limited on two separate development facilities totalling £124m in aggregate to fund the development of two high-profile residential towers in Manchester city centre.
  • Acting for GMCA (as junior shareholder) on a £25m grant funding relating to new further education facilities at Manchester College.
  • Advising Coutts on a £34m loan facility to a BVI property investment business across a portfolio of properties in England and Wales.

Browne Jacobson LLP

The 'accessible, efficient and confident' Jonathan Edwards leads Browne Jacobson LLP's banking and finance practice; he is recognised for his experience acting on property finance, asset-based lending and acquisition finance mandates, with two decades of experience in the North West market. Supporting Edwards is associate Melanie Chisnall, who is highly active in a range of banking transactions, including in the automotive and chemicals sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Chisnall

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of ABL transactions, clear and confident advice, efficient approach along with a strong focus on the detail.’

‘Attention, knowledge base and customer-centric focus.’

‘Jonathan Edwards  is accessible, efficient and provided quality advice in a clear and confident manner. Along with his team (Melanie Chisnall), Jonathan provided strong support on the banking during the transaction.’

Key clients

Arlington Industries Group Limited

Innospec Inc

Clydesdale Bank Plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Shawbrook Bank

Secure Trust Bank

HSBC Bank PLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Arlington on its £95m asset-based facilities.
  • Acted for Innospec Inc on the refinancing of its $250m multi-currency revolving credit facility.
  • Acted for Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank on its provision of facilities for the Ardenton-backed buyout of Budget Greeting Cards.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's banking and finance team advises banks, funds and start-ups on a range of transactions. Charlotte Round is a key lawyer in the practice, acting for both lenders and borrowers.

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Round

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's practice has a broad range of expertise covering structured and leveraged financing transactions in addition to private equity funding work. The team is also 'knowledgeable about ABL' with practice head Dean Gormley experienced in the ABL market; he has also acted in real estate lending mandates. Associate Hayley Johnson is also notable with experience acting for funds on real estate lending work.

Practice head(s):

Dean Gormley

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Johnson

Testimonials

‘Very personable which makes them easy to deal with. Knowledgeable about ABL. Happy to spend time – never feel like they are rushing off the phone. Dean Gormley in particular is great.’

‘I like the personal style that Irwins bring. Always feels quite personal to the team to achieve the required outcome for us.’

Key clients

Select Property Group/Vita Group

Arora Group

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC Bank UK plc/HSBC Invoice Finance UK Limited

National Westminster Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland

Cole Waterhouse

ThinCats

Shawbrook Bank

Brown Shipley

Arbuthnot Latham

Work highlights

  • Advising Arora on a complex hotel development financing matter involving a very substantial facility to assist with the construction of one of the largest new five-star hotels to be built in the UK for many years.
  • Advising Cole Waterhouse on a £55m unitranche facility for a major residential-led mixed-use development in Manchester; this is one of the few REF unitranche deals on this scale to be completed in the regions.
  • Advising Lloyds Commercial Finance and Lloyds Bank on an MBO of ELE Advanced Technologies Limited and advising Lloyds Banking Group on an MBO backed by leading UK PE house LDC.

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP's banking and finance practice was strengthened by the addition of Scott Cameron in early 2019 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Moscow office. Cameron has extensive experience advising borrower clients across a range of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Scott Cameron

Key clients

National Westminster Bank Plc

Brown Shipley & Co. Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

MCR Property Group

East Street Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising East Street Investments on the acquisition of Charlton Athletic Football Club Limited including negotiating the £43m facility agreement being provided to the borrower by Staprix NV as lender.
  • Advised the National Westminster Bank on the solvent structure of Pebbles Care Limited and other group companies.

TLT

TLT's practice is 'attentive, capable and consistent', working on real estate and housing finance matters as well as corporate lending work; the latter is an expanding area for the firm in the North West. The 'bright and well-regarded' Paul Crighton leads the team and is singled out for his advice to major UK banks and building societies, principally on real estate and social housing finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paul Crighton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brock; Robert Cale

Testimonials

‘The team is attentive, capable and consistent, but also populated by human beings with personality. I enjoy working with them.’

‘All firms say they provide a tailored service but my experience is that is not the reality. With TLT they genuinely approach any new instruction with an open mind and don’t look to fit things into a pre-existing box. They listen first.’

‘Paul Crighton is communicative, bright and well-regarded. He looks to add value wherever he can.’

‘Rob Cale is bright, thoughtful and will go places. I’m happy having him working on my deals.’

‘Paul Crighton – he is everything you want in your lawyer, he very quickly understands where you want to get to and he gets you there. He is well respected in the market and doesn’t waste time and money picking unnecessary battles.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC Bank UK plc

Handelsbanken plc

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Santander UK plc

The Co-operative Bank p.l.c.

Allied London

Bank of Baroda

Work highlights

  • Advising Bank of Baroda and Canara Bank on the restructuring of a £200m development financing loan for the development of a new luxury Mandarin boutique hotel and 79 apartments in Mayfair.
  • Raising £20m as part of a refinance and cash-out super senior/senior financing deal funded by Beechbrook Capital and Santander.
  • Acted on £30m facilities for a national childcare group and the associated refinancing with NatWest and Ares Debt Fund.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP stands out for its 'range of expertise', particularly in real estate finance issues, with work undertaken on development, property investment and bridging finance matters. Team head Neil Waller and fellow partner Eleanor James are specialists in housing finance mandates with the team working 'efficiently and effectively.' The firm has a regional and national client base.

Practice head(s):

Neil Waller

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor James

Testimonials

‘The range of expertise that is available has been extremely valuable rather than having to appoint different law firms for different aspects of the work. One thing that I have noticed with all the Trowers people I have dealt with is the pragmatism and common sense approach.’

‘They are very good at doing what they do.’

‘Practical , quick to respond, highly knowledgeable of the sector and requirements.’

‘The lead partner, Ellie James, has been a voice of calm and pragmatism in a project that was working to very tight deadlines. She has eased my concerns on a number of occasions. Ellie has been supported by a team that has been very efficient in the delivery of the project.’

‘Neil is approachable and his team will do what is required efficiently and effectively.’

Key clients

Peabody Trust

Accent Housing Limited

Borrowers’ Advisory Group of MORhomes

Catalyst Housing Limited

Newport City Homes

Livin Housing Limited

MHS

Settle

Naissance Capital Real Estate

LINQ Housing plc

Work highlights

  • Negotiated consents across a £2.75bn portfolio for Peabody Trust and Town and Country in connection with their merger.
  • Advised on Accent Group’s maiden £350m own-named bond issuance.
  • Advising Livin Housing on a large-scale refinancing project, comprising a debut £65m private placement and a total of £55m of term and revolving credit facilities with new lenders, working with a number of different parties.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's practice stands out for its work on public sector finance transactions, with Patricia Grinyer leading the team; she is notable for advising clients on the creation of funding platforms for SME's through public and private funds. Gary Jones has a broad client base of universities, grant funding bodies and local authorities, which he advises on state aid compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Grinyer

Other key lawyers:

Gary Jones

Testimonials

‘Patricia Grinyer is an exceptional lawyer with an impeccable skill set and unrivalled knowledge. Her approach to client management is excellent with an approach to providing added value all the time. Pragmatic, intelligent and committed.’

 

Key clients

Progressive Living

FSE Fund Managers

Business Enterprise Fund

Allied Irish Bank

Lloyds Bank

Bluesky Finance

North West Business Finance

Enterprise Loans East Midlands

Progressive Finance

Santander

Work highlights

  • Advised on the establishment of the Greater London Investment Fund.
  • Advising Enterprise Loans East Midlands on the establishment of the CIF fund including the review and negotiation of loan agreements into the fund and related ancillary matters, including clawback and eligibility issues.
  • Advising Progressive Living on all aspects of the funding for the development of key sites in Manchester (including the completion of Angel Square).