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Simon Middleton

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Simon is a partner in the banking group, which forms part of the financial markets department. He has extensive experience of advising both banks and borrowers on a wide variety of banking transactions throughout the UK, Eastern and Western Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. His main specialist areas are acquisition finance (both public bids and leveraged acquisitions), syndicated and bilateral lending, structured financings and debt restructurings, as well as other general banking work. Simon has acted for a wide range of financial institutions, including Barclays, HSBC, RBS, BNP Paribas, SEB, Standard Bank and Bank of America; as well as borrowers such as Telefónica, Southern Cross Healthcare, HMV Group and MJ Gleeson.


Qualified 1995; global loans group at a leading international law firm; partner Simmons & Simmons 2005.

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Within: Acquisition finance

Simmons & Simmons ' banking and finance group regularly undertakes corporate-related acquisition finance deals and sponsor-driven mandates for both lender and borrower clients. Praised for his 'superb business acumen', Alistair Hill recently advised Group plc on the financing for its acquisition of The Global Voucher Group. Simon Middleton handles syndicated and bilateral financings for banks both in the context of general corporate lending as well as for acquisition finance purposes. Middleton is particularly noted for his financing work in the Nordic region.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

The 'strong and well-resourced' team at¬†Simmons & Simmons¬†provides 'responsive and accurate advice' to banks and corporates across a range of financings including general corporate lending, and acquisition financing and refinancing mandates. The team has a number of niche strengths including its Nordic finance practice which, led by¬†Simon Middleton,¬†regularly acts for the leading lenders and arrangers in the region on significant investment grade syndicated financings. Middleton recently acted for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken and the other mandated lead arrangers on the ‚ā¨490m and ‚ā¨500m multicurrency revolving credit facilities to Getinge and Arjo, respectively. Praised for his 'business acumen and very apt advice',¬†Alistair Hill¬†has recently handled several high-profile borrower mandates including for Group plc on the financing for its acquisition of The Global Voucher Group. The firm is also known for its fund finance offering, where¬†Jen Yee Chan¬†and managing associate¬†Cameron Roper¬†are praised for their 'commercial approach and problem solving skills'.

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Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
    - Simmons & Simmons

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