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Burges Salmon LLP

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Work Department

Banking and Finance


Partner in the Banking and Finance group. Advises clients including financial institutions, corporates and funds in relation to a broad range of finance transactions. Specialises in energy and infrastructure finance, corporate banking, real estate banking and derivatives.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 1999; joined Burges Salmon 2004; partner Burges Salmon 2008.


Attended Whitley Bay High School; St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge (1995 MA law); College of Law, Chester (1997 LPC).


Leisure interests include hill walking, running and cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Finance > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Graham Soar – Burges Salmon LLP

Led by Andrew Eaton, Burges Salmon LLP‘s Bristol-based banking and finance team specialises in complex transactions for clients from a range of industries, with transport and renewable energy projects two notable recent areas of focus for the practice. Richard Leeming specialises in real estate finance, while Graham Soar‘s recent lender-side advise on secured loan facilities for renewable gas infrastructure fund is testament to his transactional capabilities. Rachael Ruane handles a wide range of corporate finance matters, often with a cross-border element. Katie Allen leads the team’s hotel financing work, while Victoria Allsopp brings her energy and infrastructure experience to bear on a number of high-profile matters for the firm.

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

The structured finance practice at Burges Salmon LLP is ‘proficient, with great attention to detail, and gets the job done‘. Clients note that ‘the team is highly knowledgeable and work around the client’s needs‘. The firm is a key adviser on derivatives matters for numerous high-profile clients such as Lloyds Bank, Investec Bank, and Barratt Homes. Experienced partner Graham Soar leads the practice and is frequently called upon to advise on the negotiation of ISDA master agreements and related credit support agreements. He recently worked with director Alistair Rattray to assist Investec with £30m senior secured term loan facilities made available to SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWIFT) for the purpose of financing its investment in a portfolio of anaerobic digestion (AD) assets in the UK. The loan featured a loan-linked swap and required advice on a suite of ISDA, intercreditor and facility documentation to implement the hedging policy.