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Oliver advises leading banks and corporations on financing transactions globally, and has broad experience in secured and unsecured syndicated and bilateral banking facilities, acquisition finance, project finance, real estate finance and restructuring work.

Oliver has particular expertise in margin lending and structured facilities and has worked on complex margin loans for many different financial institutions, as well as advising several banks on liquidity financings to other financial institutions.

Oliver spent time on secondment working in the legal departments of two leading global financial institutions (Barclays in 2005 and J.P. Morgan in 2010), that provided him with invaluable experience of their internal operations and a deep understanding of their requirements of external lawyers.

In addition to his practice role, Oliver is also Linklaters’ UK Diversity Partner.

Work highlights:

Oliver has advised lenders on a range of financing transactions. These include advising:

  • on the US$2.6bn facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of ViroPharma Inc., the US$850m facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc., the US$5.6bn facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of Dyax Corp. and the US$18bn facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of Baxalta Inc.
  • on a wide variety of margin loans, including the EUR1.65bn margin loan over Steinhoff International shares relating to the Steinhoff rights issue
  • in relation to structured secured financings for several financial institutions
  • on the facilities for the acquisition by Sky plc of Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Italia Srl
  • on the €2.1bn financing for the acquisition by Axa and Italian infrastructure fund F2i of G6 Rete Gas, an Italian gas distribution network
  • on the letter of credit facility in relation to the $1.1bn acquisition by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) of Ascot Insurance
  • on the financing of the Corinthia Hotel, London
  • in relation to the restructuring of the Co-op Group and their £355m post-restructuring facility
  • on the EUR535m bridge facility for Bulgarian Energy Holding and the RON1.687bn bridge facility for RCS & RD
  • in relation to various facilities for OMV, OC Oerlikon, Eurocom and Israel Electric Corporation
  • Vodafone and Rio Tinto on various financings and projects


Trainee solicitor Linklaters, London 2000-02; associate Linklaters, London 2002-07; managing associate Linklaters, London 2007-11; partner Linklaters, London 2011 to date. In addition, Oliver has been on secondment to the following banks: Barclays Capital January – December 2005; J.P. Morgan October 2010 – February 2011.


Oliver studied law at Bristol University and achieved his LPC (distinction) at the College of Law, Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Oliver EdwardsLinklaters 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.