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Mills & Reeve LLP

BOTANIC HOUSE, 100 HILLS ROAD, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1PH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0344 880 2666
DX:
122891 CAMBRIDGE 4
Web:
www.mills-reeve.com

William Roles

Tel:
Work 01223 222461
Email:
Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Banking.

Position

Partner and head of banking and finance, advising lenders and borrowers on debt finance including acquisition finance, securitisation and trade and asset finance.

Career

Trained Steggles Palmer; solicitor Wildes 1997-99; solicitor Eversheds 1999-2004; partner and head of banking and finance Mills & Reeve 2004.

Education

Ardingly; Reading University (1991 BA Hons History and Politics).

Leisure

Chelsea FC, golf, rugby union and family.


East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

William Roles - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Banking and finance

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†¬†provides 'excellent service, and its particular strengths are its industry knowledge, commercial approach and value for money'. 'In terms of sector knowledge and business acumen, the firm is on a par with City firms for¬†asset-based lending', remarks one client.¬†William Roles¬†leads the banking and finance practice and clients praise him for his 'industry knowledge and commercially-minded approach'. He assisted lender HSBC bank with a ¬£20m acquisition finance provision to¬†the Spicerhaart Group. Acquisition finance and asset-based lending expert¬†Zak Virgin¬†is 'an excellent banking lawyer ‚Äď creative and pragmatic'. Both Roles and Virgin are 'approachable and readily at clients' disposal for ad-hoc advice as well as more detailed instructions'.¬†Sarah Seed¬†and¬†Laura Holdaway¬†are recommended for not-for-profit and real estate finance respectively. Seed and principal associate Simon Warburton¬†( who specialises in fintech, crowdfunding and ABL and is 'superb - he is knowledgeable, has endless patience and provides excellent advice') advised The Cambridge Building Society on a ¬£15m investment from the Cambridgeshire County Council Pension Fund.

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London: Finance

Asset based lending

Within: Asset based lending

Led out of the firm's Norwich office by the 'approachable and effective' Zak Virgin, Mills & Reeve LLP has strong reputation in the domestic market, particularly among independent funders, but also on behalf of a growing roster of borrower clients and the ABL divisions of banking clients. Virgin handles a significant volume of work for core client PNC Financial Services, including recently advising it on the provision of ABL working capital facilities to help - alongside unitranche debt - LDC's secondary buyout of Addo Food Group from Vision Capital. Cambridge-based William Roles is also noted for his 'commerciality and industry knowledge'. Other clients include RBS Invoice Finance, ABN Amro Commercial Finance and PNC Bank.

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