Debra Cooper > Shoosmiths LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
M3 3AZ

Work Department

Banking and Finance, Partner


Debra Cooper is a banking partner specialising in real estate finance. She has more than 14 years’ experience and regularly advises lenders and borrowers on investment and development transactions both on a syndicated and bilateral basis. In addition to specialising in real estate finance Debra also advises on acquisition finance transactions and general corporate lending.

Debra works with clients across the UK and also regularly advises clients in the Channel Islands and Gibraltar.

Recent transactions include:

  • Acting for a 4 bank club (HSBC, Lloyds, Natwest and Santander) providing a £185m development and investment facility to Bruntwood Science Limited
  • Acting for RBS International providing a £50m development finance facility provided for the World Trade Centre in Gibraltar
  • Acting for a UK fund on the purchase of a portfolio of gym and leisure facilities

Debra is joint head of Shoosmiths’ Manchester office alongside Sarah Teal, and is responsible for the firm’s contribution to, and profile within, the local business community.


Debra has joined Shoosmiths following 4 years as a partner at Squire Patton Boggs and 10 years at Pinsent Masons where she trained.


Debra is also deputy chair of the Northern Investment Property Forum.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Finance > Banking and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

Debra CooperShoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP is known for its ability to act on complex structured transactions, particularly real estate and development financings. The team is equally able to act on behalf of private financiers, such as Lloyds Bank, and public financing bodies, notably advising the borrowers for Manchester’s The Blade and Colliers Yard developments. Practice head Liz Sweeney and Debra Cooper  are key names in the team, which also acts on corporate and acquisition financings, with associate Alice Casey a key name in this segment.