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Gowling WLG

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Jon Lent

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Gowling WLG

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Finance and restructuring.


Jon specialises in real estate, hotel and healthcare financing transactions in the UK and Europe, acting for banks, debt funds, borrowers, servicers and special servicers. He acts on senior and mezzanine financing, intercreditor and hedging arrangements. Jon also advises on all aspects of debt finance restructurings, on distressed CMBS and servicing transactions, and on par and distressed loan sales.


Trained at Lawrence Graham 2003-05, associate 2005-10, senior associate 2010-12, partner 2012 to 2014; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Court Moor Secondary School; the University of Warwick, MMATH (Master of Mathematics, Class I (Hons)); the College of Law, Guildford (PGDL (commendation), PGDLP (LPC) (distinction)).

London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Gowling WLG’s ‘responsive and well-connected’ team’s expertise in the healthcare space spans projects, corporate transactions, procurement matters, and alliance contracting in the private and public sector. The group counts NHS contractors, investors, clinical commissioning groups and NHS foundations trusts among its clients. Inquests and investigations form an important part of the group’s regulatory practice, which is headed by Andrew Litchfield. Practice head Robert Breedon led a team assisting NHS Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group with the governance, procurement and commercial aspects of the development of its system-wide ‘Better Together’ alliance with Nottinghamshire County Council and ten service providers. Breedon also advised NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group with procurement for a primary and acute care system contract and related governance matters. In another highlight, the group assisted Labco Diagnostics UK and Synlab UK with the merger of the UK operations of the group following its acquisition by Cinven. Michael Lacey, finance specialist Jon Lent and real estate lawyer Christine Jackson are also recommended.

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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Gowling WLG’s ‘speedy, commercial’ department is noted for its ‘partner-led’ service and lender-side strength; clients include UK clearing banks, German banks, debt funds and alternative lenders. It also acts for borrowers on hotel investment and development financings. The ‘commercial, clairvoyantJon Lent and practice head Nick Turner advised a high-profile UK clearing bank on the amendment of an existing £102m facility and on a new £22m facility for Commercial Estates Group to develop a seven-storey office building – the first phase of a £400m, 57-acre development at Kirkstall Forge, Leeds. Turner also acted for ICG-Longbow Debt Investments as arranger on a £118m facility to finance the acquisition of Welbeck Street car park, to be developed into a 145-bedroom hotel; and advised HSBC Bank and Bank of East Asia on a £166m loan to Knight Dragon for the construction of a residential tower on Greenwich Peninsula. On the borrower side, Lent acted for Empiric Student Property on a £120m loan secured against a portfolio of income-generating property assets. Legal director Oliver Bretherton is also recommended.

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