Alasdair McKenzie > Gowling WLG > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Energy; Tech; Banking & Finance; Private Equity; Real Estate Finance
Alasdair McKenzie has broad experience, having advised a range of private and listed corporates, private equity funds and financial institutions on a variety of domestic and international debt products including bilateral and syndicated facilities, leveraged and acquisition finance, unitranche structures, early stage debt (especially in FinTech) and commercial real estate loans. This breadth of experience affords him the ability to understand how to cut through complex issues and focus on the key drivers behind a transaction.
Alasdair is an active member of the firm’s Tech sector group, working with start-ups (and their investors / angels) right through to more established and well known TMT focused corporates, with particular expertise in P2P, cyber security, media and FinTech.
Stemming from time spent living abroad, travels and an interest in global commerce, Alasdair also supports the firm’s advisory offering in EMEA, in particular advising sponsors, financiers and corporates on general lending, trade finance, credit enhancement, acquisition finance and project specific mandates.
Above all Alasdair prides himself on being an outgoing and engaging individual, with a strong work ethic but also a keen sense of humour.
Advising an international financial institution in respect of loan facilities advanced to an international data analysis business seeking to fund research and development of new product lines.
Ongoing advice to a leading UK-based P2P platform in relation to its capital and debt funding requirements.
Advising an international financial institution in respect of loan facilities being advanced to an AIM-listed international corporate to part finance, amongst other things and along with the proceeds of an additional capital raise, the acquisition of a complementary international business in the manufacturing sector.
Advising an AIM-listed international corporate on the debt financing aspects of its acquisition of a listed international competitor in the collectibles/retail market
Ongoing advice to a European private equity house in relation to its leveraged finance arrangements regarding a number of its portfolio companies in the health sector, located around the globe.
Advising an international venture capital fund on its repurchase of assets from a portfolio company operating in the FinTech space.
Advising a European corporate in relation to its financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of commercial real estate units across Europe.
The projects and infrastructure practice at Gowling WLG is seen by one client as ‘a challenger to the Magic Circle, which lives up to that billing by being innovative yet pragmatic in its approach to transactions and problems‘. The firm has a presence in the utilities and mining sectors, and it has a strong track record of start-up transactions, joint ventures, farm-ins, equity, debt and project financings in jurisdictions as diverse as Russia and the CIS, Armenia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and many countries throughout Africa and South America. Head of international projects Jonathan Brufal oversees the firm’s emerging markets work, which involves many key partners. Among them are corporate energy partner Gareth Baker, project finance specialist Andrew Newbery and head of natural resources Charles Bond, who ‘has an easy style where even unexpected challenges are taken in stride‘. Impact finance partner Alasdair McKenzie is ‘very commercial and solution-focused‘. Gordon Bell is the go-to partner for international arbitration.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Water
- Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)
- Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution
- Industry focus > Retail and consumer
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Industry focus > Emerging markets
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Employment > Health and safety
- Public sector > Healthcare
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals
- Real estate > Planning
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Transport > Rail
- Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Real estate > Property finance
- Real estate > Social housing: finance
- Industry focus > TMT
- Corporate and commercial > Venture capital
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Real estate > Environment
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration