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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

1 WHITEHALL RIVERSIDE, LEEDS, LS1 4BN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0345 415 0000
Fax:
Fax 0344 984 1501
Email:
Web:
www.womblebonddickinson.com

John Connor

Tel:
Work 0113 290 4478
Email:
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Banking and financial services.

Position

Partner in the banking team specialising in corporate finance, property lending and asset-based lending. Focussed on new lending and turnaround.

Career

2000-2002: assistant solicitor in corporate and banking team, Lee & Priestley (Leeds); 2002-2004: assistant solicitor in banking team, DLA Piper (Leeds). 2005-2011: associate in banking team, DLA Piper (Leeds); 2011-2012: partner in banking team, DLA Piper (Leeds); partner Dickinson Dees 2012; partner Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

Education

St Mary’s Comprehensive, Menston; University of London, Queen Mary College (LLB 1997); Leeds Metropolitan University (LPC 1998).


North: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has significant expertise in the transport, retail, leisure, hotel, manufacturing and real estate sectors as demonstrated by advising paint-pigment maker spin-off Huntsman Corporation Venator Materials on negotiating a bank guarantee pertaining to pension liabilities as part of the group’s UK business reorganisation. The practice is jointly led by John Ralph and Leeds-based John Connor: Ralph also heads the real estate sector group and specialises in property finance work, acting for lenders and borrowers, while Connor is well versed in assisting banks, non-traditional debt funders and various corporate borrowers as well as investors with a wide range of secured lending transactions.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP ‘provides clients with an excellent level of service, swift and appropriate communication and a clear market understanding’ that ‘gets the job done as smoothly and quickly as possible’. The team is active in the transport, retail, leisure, hotel, manufacturing, energy and real estate sectors; borrower clients include Grainger and Huntsman International. On the lender side, the team recently advised HSBC on the terms of loan facilities, intercreditor arrangements and security issues relating to the development of a new stand at Headingley Stadium and assisted Santander with the provision of new revolving credit and trade finance facilities to Poundworld Retail. Other work includes acting for the Department of Education on multiple college merger and restructuring transactions and advising Vertu Motors on its club refinance with Barclays and RBS. The ‘impressiveJohn Connor leads the team and ‘is able to grasp the bigger picture while also paying attention to the details’; managing associate Mark Casey is recommended for his debt finance expertise.

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