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Jon Bew

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Irwin Mitchell

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Banking and finance.


Jon is a partner and heads up the Banking & Finance team in the Midlands. In addition to acting for lenders and borrowers across a range of corporate banking and finance products, Jon specialises in invoice finance, asset based lending, inventory finance and distribution finance. Jon’s work covers international and syndicated transactions as well as more straightforward domestic bilateral facilities. Jon has a focus on working with funders on portfolio issues and reviews, from distressed lends/restructuring to growing businesses, and he works closely with professionals within the wider finance industry, such as corporate finance, insolvency practitioners and intermediaries. Jon has worked with a number of funders on new products and product development, including the drafting of standard documentation as well as bespoke and novel facility and security arrangements. Clients include HSBC, Lloyds, Santander, Shawbrook Bank, ABN AMRO and Macquarie Bank and the team acts on some of the more significant transactions undertaken by asset-based lenders in the region and nationally.


Qualified 1998; Wilde & Partners 1996-99; Taylor Joynson Garrett (now Taylor Wessing) 2000; Squire Sanders (and predecessor firms Hammond Studdard Edge and Hammonds) 2000-12; partner Irwin Mitchell LLP 2013 to date.


Leicester University (BA History and Politics); University of Westminster (Law Conversion); University of Northumbria (LPC).

London: Finance

Asset based lending

Within: Asset based lending

The 'efficient and personable' team at Irwin Mitchell is 'extremely knowledgeable' and provides a 'responsive and cost-effective' service to an impressive range of clients including ABN Amro Commercial Finance, Hitachi Capital, Investec Bank and Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending, across the full spectrum of transactions, as well as advice on product development, litigation and restructuring/insolvency. Birmingham-based partner Jon Bew has 'vast industry knowledge' and regularly teams up with 'impressive' senior associate Natalie Barnes; Barnes and Bew recently advised core client Shawbrook Bank on a £45m refinance and syndication with Wells Fargo of the Arlington group of companies as part of the acquisition by Arlington of Magal Engineering. The 'excellent' Andrew Watson is also recommended and in his role as national head of banking and finance regularly handles ABL, invoice finance, inventory finance, supplier finance and distribution finance matters. The team is rounded out by Stephen George, who has significant experience advising on restructuring and insolvency issues in the ABL market.

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Jon Bew - Irwin Mitchell

Within: Banking and finance

Irwin Mitchell has a particular strength in asset-based lending. Jon Bew and senior associate Natalie Barnes advised Whitworths on a £19m refinancing provided by Leumi ABL following the borrower’s merger with Anatolia, and Shawbrook Bank (a cornerstone client) as part of a syndicated £45m asset-based loan to the Arlington Group regarding its purchase of Magal Engineering. HSBC Invoice Finance is another client of note.

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