Allen & Overy LLP

Banking & Finance Department

London (Firms)
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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

Head of the firm's European Islamic finance practice Atif Hanif acts for a range of clients including financial institutions, borrowers, issuers and project sponsors, among others. His expertise spans an extensive range of banking and finance matters, as well as debt capital markets.

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 whilst 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 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.

George Link impresses clients with his ability to advise on a broad range of financing matters. His wealth of experience spans syndicated loans as well as leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings.

Gregory Brown is adept at advising financial institutions, with notable experience of debt financings in the emerging markets. Clients say:"He is very proactive and he always gives good advice at the same time as having a commercial approach."

Global head of the firm's leveraged finance practice Jonathan Brownson is held in high regard for his expertise in that area. He has a wealth of experience acting for both lenders and borrowers on domestic and international mandates.

Matt Moore has a growing reputation for his work on acquisition and leveraged finance mandates. Sources highlight his "great experience"and note that he is "very good at getting to grips with complex structures."

Clients report that Melissa Samuel "is very helpful and will give clear insight and direction to aid our commercial view. She is very proactive and engaging."She has an international practice advising clients on matters ranging from acquisition financing to syndicated and structured lending.

Nicholas Clark has a respected practice advising both lender and borrower clients. He frequently assists clients with leveraged and acquisition finance mandates.

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.

Trevor Borthwick heads the firm's global corporate lending group. He advises borrowers and lenders on a full range of issues including recent work on syndicated loans and refinancings.