Kirstie Hutchinson > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

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Kirstie acts for private equity sponsors and portfolio companies, corporate borrowers and issuers, credit fund and bank lenders, special situations investors and speciality finance providers on a range of financing transactions including investment grade, hybrid and leveraged financings and acquisition financings, dividend recapitalisations and capital restructurings. She has extensive domestic, European and global cross-border experience.

Kirstie is a member of the Banking Law Committee of the International Bar Association and of the British-German Jurists Association.

She is ranked by Chambers & Partners and by Legal 500 2021 as a “Leading Individual” for both “Acquisition Finance” and “Bank Lending: Investment Grade Debt and Syndicated Loans”; and was named in “The Lawyer” magazine’s “Hot 100 2021” as “one of the City’s go-to banking and finance lawyers for private equity sponsors, corporate borrowers and credit funds”.


Qualified 2003; partner 2012

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Kirstie HutchinsonMacfarlanes LLP

Although it remains best known for its mid-market leveraged finance offering, Macfarlanes LLP also ‘has demonstrable expertise in investment grade and syndicated financings’ for a borrower focused client base. In this regard, the ‘very knowledgeable and commercial’ Kirstie Hutchinson has considerable experience advising public limited companies on their corporate lending requirements. Head of the banking and finance team, Andrew Perkins ‘is a highly skilled lawyer with a wealth of experience’, including in relation to fund finance matters.

London > Finance > Acquisition finance

(Leading individuals)

Kirstie Hutchinson Macfarlanes LLP

Advising a balanced mix of credit funds and private equity sponsors, the ‘highly commercial, pragmatic and solutions-focused’ team at Macfarlanes LLP has an excellent perspective on the legal and commercial requirements of borrowers and lenders within the upper/mid-market leveraged finance space. Kirstie Hutchinson  has ‘deep experience of mid-market acquisition financing’ for the firm’s loyal roster of financial sponsor clients, which are appreciative of her ‘excellent technical knowledge’ and conversance with complex, cross-border mandates. Able ‘to bring clarity and precision to a complicated deal structure’, Malcolm Hitching advises private equity clients on leveraged finance mandates, as well as advising  private credit funders in the litigation finance market. The ‘responsive and commercial’ Andrew Perkins  heads up the overarching banking and finance team and is able to draw on ‘a wealth of acquisition finance experience’, particularly in relation to lender-side credit fund work.