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Allen & Overy LLP

Banking & Finance

10 ranked lawyersBand 2UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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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. Leading force in the ESG financing space.

Notable practitioners

English-qualified Adrian Mellor regularly acts for arrangers and coordinators on a plethora of high-value banking and finance mandates. He is particularly adept at handling cross-border transactions spanning Europe, the UK and the USA.

Annette Kurdian regularly acts for domestic and international banks, as well as fund clients. She regularly advises on cross-border leveraged finance transactions and fund finance matters.
"She is really knowledgeable, commercial and excellent at thinking through and explaining issues. She is a really good collaborator on deals." "She has excellent technical ability, is constructive, able to find solutions and doesn't miss a thing."

David Campbell comes recommended for his lender-side capabilities and proficiency in Nordic region transactions. He can handle both leveraged and acquisition finance, with particular expertise in investment-grade matters.
"He is really great - pragmatic, clever and gets the job done." "He has a great understanding of his clients' business requirements."

Denise Gibson has a respected practice advising on a range of leveraged financings. She is also well placed to assist with direct lending transactions and structured finance.
"Denise is exceptional - she blends legal knowledge with common sense and practicality." "She has a great manner of communicating and she is very knowledgeable - we always get clear, concise and accurate answers."

Gregory Brown is adept at advising financial institutions and other lenders on debt financings, as well as borrower clients. He has notable experience handling transactions in a number of other areas including emerging markets and fund finance.
"He is very knowledgeable, experienced and great to deal with." "Greg is a very able lawyer and has a lovely calm manner."

Melissa Samuel has an international practice advising clients on matters ranging from acquisition financing to syndicated and structured lending. She has a diverse client base of both lenders and borrowers.
"Melissa is really strong technically and collaborative." "She is smart, cooperative and helpful - she gets the job done."

Nicholas Clark has a respected practice advising both lender and borrower clients. He frequently assists clients with leveraged and acquisition finance mandates.
"I would rate him very highly. He is just smart, to the point and understands situations very quickly." "He knows the market well and is very easy to work with."

Co-head of global banking at the firm, Philip Bowden is regularly called upon to advise on domestic and cross-border matters. He is adept at handling both leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings as well as structured finance matters.
"Philip is excellent, very collaborative and a very commercial lawyer." "He is incredibly knowledgeable, experienced and friendly to deal with. He is incredibly responsive and a very good lawyer."

Co-head of the firm's global private equity practice Robin Harvey comes recommend for his strengths advising across the finance space. He is particularly adept at acting for sponsors on private equity financing matters.
"He is one of the most experienced in the field and the level of experience he brings is super valuable to us. He is super accessible, super involved and super hands-on."

Simon Roberts ’s 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.
"He is excellent." "He is one of the best lawyers around."

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UK

Banking & Finance


Adrian Mellor
Expertise based abroad in France
Annette Kurdian
Band 5
David J Campbell
Band 3
Denise Gibson
Band 2
Gregory T Brown
Band 6
Melissa Samuel
Band 6

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