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Hilary Platt

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Hilary is head of the finance team and specialises in asset and acquisition finance. She has acted for financial institutions and corporate borrowers on a wide range of syndicated and bilateral financings often involving cross-border elements. The primary focus of her practice since joining Wedlake Bell has been on property financing (for both investment and development purposes and acquisition financing). She also has considerable experience of borrowing base facilities, having acted for various oil and gas exploration companies on numerous financings.


Hilary heads Wedlake Bell's banking team. She qualified at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 1992 and joined Wedlake Bell in 1997, becoming a Partner in 2000. As part of her post qualification experience Hilary spent over two years in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Paris office gaining experience of aircraft finance work and is fluent in French.


English, French


Women in Banking and Finance; French Chamber of Commerce; Association of Corporate Treasurers.


Strathearn School, Belfast; Merton College, Oxford (Law); Guildford College of Law (Law Society finals).

London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

At Wedlake Bell LLP, team head Hilary Platt has significant experience advising both lenders and corporates across a range of syndicated and bilateral financings, often involving a cross-border component. Platt recently advised longstanding client Day Lewis on the addition of a £5m property facility alongside an existing £160m club financing (previously put in place to refinance the group’s existing debt and to fund further corporate acquisitions). Other clients include Bank of Ireland, Coutts & Co, Honest Burgers and Care UK.

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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Wedlake Bell LLP’s practice is ‘highly knowledgeable, very professional and good value for money’. ‘Dedicated, efficient’ asset and acquisition finance expert Hilary Platt leads the department, and advised Fairacre Asset Management on the £16m refinancing of its acquisition of a shopping centre in Ashton-under-Lyne. Other clients of the team include Bank of Ireland, Devonshire Investment Holdings, HSBC Bank and Natixis; Arbuthnot Latham & Co and Blom Bank France are new clients. Also recommended are Chris Vause, who is an expert in financing, structuring and restructuring property development transactions, and senior associate Richard Roberts.

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