Allen & Overy LLP

Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Widely viewed as one of the leading banking practices in London, with standout expertise on syndicated lending, a space in which it advises high-profile corporate and traditional lenders. In addition to its work for banks, the team also advises a growing number of debt funds on direct lending mandates. Also highly regarded as a leader in the leveraged finance market, offering sterling advice to high-profile asset managers. Houses a team that is capable of assisting clients with Islamic finance on a global basis.

Strengths Clients say: "They are brilliant, so easy to deal with and such experts in the field. They make something that seems incredibly complicated very straightforward. They are pragmatic and take the worries off our shoulders."

Sources report: "They can handle any deal secured or unsecured in any jurisdiction. If I'm really stuck I can throw it to A&O and they're just a catch-all – they can do anything."

Interviewees note: "They have been very pragmatic in finding solutions for innovative changes and have formed a good collaborative relationship."

Work highlights Advised the mandated lead arrangers on EUR3.9 billion of loan financing and EUR1.4 billion high-yield notes financing in support of the bid for TDC A/S by a consortium of investors led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.

Notable practitioners

Clients say
David Campbell
is "very collaborative, supportive and very pragmatic in understanding what we are trying to achieve and how he can support us while protecting the risk from a banking perspective." His broad practice includes leveraged and acquisition finance, with sources noting his expertise in investment-grade matters. He is further praised because "he gets things done in a really sensible way and is a pleasure to deal with."

Denise Gibson
is "exceptional," according to impressed clients, who note: "She leads the transaction, is a good communicator and is aware of the commercial drivers. She is articulate, drives consensus and has a very strong risk mindset." Her respected practice sees her advise clients on leveraged finance in addition to direct lending.

Co-head of global banking at the firm,
Philip Bowden
is regularly called upon to advise on cross-border matters and is hailed a "good technician" by market commentators. He is adept at handling both leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings as well as structured finance matters.

Co-head of the firm's global private equity practice
Robin Harvey
"always gives very good advice and is a wise lawyer," according to clients. He is particularly adept at acting for sponsors on private equity financing matters and is praised by sources for his client service.

Simon Roberts
is praised by sources for "always thinking ahead." His expertise lies within corporate lending matters and he regularly advises on domestic and international financing transactions. He is also highly capable in the field of real estate financing.