Banking and Finance

We will guide you through what can be highly technical documentation, without losing sight of your commercial objectives.
 

We act in relation to commercial banking matters, including acquisition finance for corporate transactions, corporate lending, asset-based lending, venture debt and real estate finance (for both investment and development transactions), in each case across a wide range of sectors.

We have a long history of acting for entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, family offices and owner-managed businesses, whether operating through SPVs (onshore or offshore), joint ventures, partnerships or fund structures. We often act for lenders, in particular for a number of private banks, challenger banks and alternative lenders.

We can help you to structure and negotiate effective lending arrangements and we offer a service which is tailored to suit your needs and the way you operate, whether this requires simple term loans or more complex syndicated loan facilities with appropriate security packages and priority arrangements.

We are also well versed in dealing with refinancings, restructurings, work-outs and insolvency procedures should the need ever arise.

Acquisition Finance

We advise lenders, investors and a wide range of management teams and corporate borrowers in relation to business acquisitions, management buyouts and refinancings.

Working with our colleagues in Corporate and Commercial, Employment, Tax, Real Estate and Immigration we provide business support and advice on all stages of acquisitions, from preliminary discussions to post closing. This multi-team approach helps us to identify the key issues facing our clients and allows us to deliver coordinated practical and commercial solutions.

Corporate and alternative lending

We appreciate that raising capital and building a stable financial base is important for businesses and requires expert legal advice. We are experienced in advising lenders and borrowers across a broad spectrum of corporate borrowing, alternative lending and debt restructuring and guide clients through the options and implementation.

Real Estate Finance

For real estate finance transactions we work closely with our Real Estate, Construction and Tax colleagues to deliver commercial and solution orientated advice, whether in relation to development or investment facilities. We have helped clients across a wide range of sectors, including office, retail, student accommodation, logistics, PRS/ build to rent and residential.

For each real Estate finance transaction our priority is to put together a team of business advisers to allow consideration of all applicable financing options, to incorporate your preferred commercial terms, and to complete all relevant documentation within the planned timescale.

Recent Work

  • Acting for the lender in relation to a £1.1m loan for the purpose of purchasing a hotel in Norwich
  • Acting for the borrower in relation to a £1.38m acquisition finance transaction in relation to the purchase of commercial property in North West London
  • Acting for a residential investment company in connection with the restructuring of its intra-group facilities across fifteen of its group entities
  • Acting for an alternative lender in relation to a development bridging facility secured on a mixed use development site on the South Coast 
  • Advising a developer on its £14m development facility for a mixed use scheme in London with an international bank
  • Advising a lender on its loan-on-loan facilities with a UK challenger bank
  • Advising a property development company in relation to its acquisition of a prime site in London for residential development
  • Acting for an alternative lender in relation to the provision of working capital facilities secured on a portfolio of residential care homes owned by a private equity fund
  • Acting for three offshore borrowers ultimately controlled by an Ultra High Net Worth family in relation to the £40m refinance of four super-prime properties in and around London
  • Advising a Private Family Office on its £143m multi-currency facility with an alternative lender secured on luxury real estate assets in the US, UK and Europe

 

Anthony Macpherson

Corporate, Commercial & Finance

Real Estate Finance

Partner

Christina Kelly

Corporate, Commercial & Finance

Real Estate Finance

Partner

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