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Matthew Smith

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Matthew Smith is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Banking & Finance Practice Group in London. His clients include financial institutions, private credit funds, infrastructure funds, alternative lenders, private equity sponsors and corporates. He advises on a wide range of finance products, including senior, unitranche (single and split tranche), receivables and subordinated facilities.

Matthew focuses on cross-border acquisition and leveraged finance, corporate lending, debt restructurings and general financing matters across a range of sectors and industries.


Matthew is known for his representation of leading banks and private equity clients in complex leveraged and acquisition finance transactions. Matthew was seconded to two globally leading banking and finance institutions. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he was a member of the finance team in a corporate, financial and commercial law firm in the UK.

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Within: Acquisition finance

Headed by Nick Tostivin, Baker McKenzie 's seven-partner banking team is regularly engaged in acquisition finance matters for borrowers and lenders on matters encompassing structures across the capital spectrum including senior and mezzanine debt, as well as high yield bonds. Benefiting from a vast international network of offices, the team adds particular value to clients seeking a one-stop shop service on big-ticket cross-border mandates. For example, in a deal which involved significant support from numerous European offices, as well as Hong Kong and South Africa, Lynn Rosell Rowley acted for a syndicate of 14 lenders on the €1.95bn debt financing to fund the €4.5bn acquisition of Ista International by a Chinese joint venture between CK Infrastructure Holdings and Cheung Kong Property Holdings. The team was bolstered by the arrival in August 2017 of Matthew Smith and Geoff O’Dea from Travers Smith LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, respectively.

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