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Susan Kelly

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Banking and Finance

Position

Partner specialising in banking and finance with a UK and international remit. Advises a wide range of lenders and borrowers on corporate banking, acquisition finance, property finance and restructuring work. Recent deals include acting for John Menzies plc in relation to funding its acquisition of the fuelling division of BBA; acting for Baxters Food Group in relation to its recent refinancing and US private placement; and advising Bank of Scotland and Scottish Widows in relation to the provision of a £65m facility to LAR Housing Trust.

Career

Trained Dentons (formerly Maclay Murray & Spens); qualified 1993; assistant solicitor Maclay Murray & Spens 1993-96; Bank of Scotland, six-month secondment to legal services department 1994; associate 1996-98; partner Dentons 1998 to date; member of court, Strathclyde University 2014 to date.

Languages

French.

Education

Strathclyde University (1990 LLB; 1991 diploma).

Leisure

Opera; theatre; antiques; skiing.


Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Dentons now has a major banking practice in Scotland, following its combination with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017. Led by Susan Kelly, the team acts for some of the largest corporate borrowers in Scotland in financing transactions across a wide variety of sectors, with particular strengths in food and drink, financial services and energy. It also generates a significant amount of lender-side work, with the firm having longstanding relationships with clients such as The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Santander and Clydesdale Bank. As part of a wider global network, the Scotland-based team has a strong capability in cross-border transactions; this is particularly the case in funds finance, an area where recently promoted partner James Wilson and Kelly are leading experts. Outside of funds finance, Stuart Fitzsimmons and Anna Crosby acted as the lead counsel to Norwegian defence and maritime company Kongberg Gruppen ASA in the refinancing of a circa £200m revolving facility involving SEB Bank, Danske Bank, Nordea Bank and JP Morgan. Fitzsimmons and senior associate Johanne Lewin also assisted RBS, Lloyds Bank Plc, Nationwide and Blackrock with providing financing to Wheatley Housing Group. A notable asset-based lending transaction involved Wilson acting for First Milk Limited in the provision of a £76m asset-based lending facility by Wells Fargo in 2017. Ainsley Reid joined Morton Fraser.

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