Ian Callaghan > Linklaters LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Linklaters LLP

Work Department

Banking, Global Loans


Ian advises corporates, investment banks and alternative credit providers on public and private acquisition financings, cross-border syndicated lending, margin lending, fund financing arrangements and other structured financings.

Ian spent eight months on secondment to BNP Paribas’ loan syndication and trading team from 2009 to 2010 and eight months on secondment to Alcentra from 2013 to 2014, assisting their Collateralised Loan Obligation (CLO), direct lending and special situations teams.

Work highlights:

Ian’s recent transactions include advising:

  • HSBC as global co-ordinator of the US$20bn offshore facilities to ChemChina for its c. $44bn public takeover offer for Syngenta AG (projected to be the largest outbound Chinese acquisition to date)
  • a syndicate of international banks on a €321m margin loan secured over shares in a Greek listed company
  • the lenders on the unitranche financing for OpenGate’s leveraged buy-out of Umicore Zinc Chemicals.
  • a major corporate on a £510m facility for the issuance of demand guarantees to be used as collateral for its pension fund
  • Kier Group plc on its syndicated facilities and other financing arrangements in connection with its acquisition of the Mouchel group
  • Gold Fields Limited on its US$1.29bn revolving credit facilities
  • Glencore plc on its $8bn revolving credit facilities


Ian provides pro bono advice on social housing issues at the regular drop-in centres run by the Mary Ward Centre.


Ian studied law at Clare College, Cambridge University.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

(Next Generation Partners)

Ian CallaghanLinklaters LLP

Advising a balanced mix of investment grade corporates (including numerous FTSE 100 entities) and banking clients, Linklaters LLP has an excellent perspective of market practice and relevant precedents, from both a creditor and a debtor perspective. This versatility also manifests itself in relation to the financing techniques which the firm is able to deploy, including margin loans and structured finance. Appreciated for his ‘creative thinking’, ‘vast experience‘ and knowledge of ‘what’s happening in the market‘, Toby Grimstone advises lenders and borrowers on general corporate lending and corporate acquisition finance mandates, often with a nexus to emerging markets. Oliver Edwards co-heads the corporate and structured lending team alongside Grimstone and is well-positioned to advise lender clients, in particular, in part due to his previous secondment roles, as well as by virtue of his experience in private practice across a myriad of secured and unsecured syndicated banking facilities. Philip Spittal regularly handles syndicated lending work in his role as global co-head of banking and is a key member of the team that also includes Ian Callaghan and newly promoted partner Caroline Courtney.