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Cleaver Fulton Rankin
Northern Ireland
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Work Department

Corporate finance and banking.


Stephen is head of Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s corporate finance and banking department. Stephen advises on corporate finance, banking and commercial law, acting for public sector bodies, financial institutions and businesses in Northern Ireland. Examples of specific areas of Stephen’s practice include project finance, ABL, structured finance, renewable energy projects (for developers and funders) and funding by public bodies and other intermediaries to third sector bodies.


Trained Pickering Kenyon, London; qualified 1993. Worked at Coffin Mew & Clover, Fareham, Hants and Parker Bullen, Salisbury before joining Cleaver Fulton Rankin in 1996. Admitted as solicitor in England & Wales, 1993 and admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland, 1996. Partner in present firm 2001.


Law Society of Northern Ireland (2004 – Present); Law Society of England and Wales (2010 – Present); Irish Wind Energy Association.


University College of Wales, Aberystwyth; College of Law, Chester.

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Finance > Banking and finance

(Hall of Fame)

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin‘s offering is active in both property and project finance, and benefits from cross-departmental support from within the firm. The team acts across the entirety of Ireland and the UK for major clients such as Deloitte, AIB Bank and Whitehawk Capital Partners. Team head Stephen Cross is widely recognised for his work advising lenders operating in Northern Ireland, and has developed a practice in providing regulatory advice for banks. He is supported by Paul McBride, who joined the firm in January 2022 from Davidson McDonnell Solicitors. Solicitor Jennifer Rankin is a frequent team member.

Northern Ireland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

(Hall of Fame)

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