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Allen & Overy LLP

Banking & Finance

12 ranked lawyersBand 2London (Firms)UK 2022 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 in 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.


A client praises its "strength in depth, clear logical thought and cross-functional teams that work well together," adding: "Allen & Overy is able to set the agenda and steer clients tactfully; working with them is an incredible experience."

Another says: "If you go to Allen & Overy you can tap into their experience, and that adds value - they are very high quality and extremely good."

"Allen & Overy is a top-tier lender practice," says a client who adds: "They are very thoughtful, credible and manage a process very well."

Interviewees state: "Allen & Overy are the undisputed number one for transactional banking work."

"They are very commercial, entrepreneurial, user-friendly and care about building relationships," reports a client.

Work highlights

Advised Imperial Brands on the EUR3.5 billion refinancing of the Imperial Group’s revolving credit facilities.

Advised the mandated lead arrangers on the senior secured loan financings in respect of the proposed merger of Virgin Media and O2 UK.

Advised Bridgepoint on its unitranche financing for the acquisition of Fishawack Health, a healthcare communication group, from Lloyds Development Capital.

Notable practitioners

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.
"Annette Kurdian is always absolutely excellent. She is very quick to spot issues and very good at coming up with solutions to fix things - she's someone you would want on a challenging issue."

Darren Hanwell advises on both leveraged and syndicated financings in the big-ticket market. He typically acts on behalf of lender-side clients.
"Darren is a great lawyer. He is very diligent, very organised and has an ability to identify the key issues very quickly, and he aids deal execution in the most efficient way." "He's excellent - a very good technical lawyer with good judgement."

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.
"David, with his always personal, collaborative and commercial approach, not only ensured that he and his team at all times delivered quality advice in very tight timeframes, but was always able to make the most difficult parts of the transaction understandable and palatable, so that we were able to make well-informed decisions in an efficient manner and mitigate their risks as much as possible." "David is great - he is easy to work with, responsive, client-focused and highly technical."

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 Gibson is an excellent lawyer - she is very clear and very definitive in her advice, constantly thinking outside of the box to get to a position that works for everyone involved." "Denise is phenomenal. She goes the extra mile and provides sound legal advice."

Dominique Crowley is a promising senior associate, noted for her lender-side expertise. She has experience assisting clients with a range of financings.
"Dominique is amazing - she takes ownership and responsibility, she's hard-working and efficient and she's absolutely exceptional."

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. His recent work has seen him assisting clients on the LIBOR transition.
"Gregory Brown is an excellent technical lawyer who is good at combining the technical legal issues with pragmatism and commerciality. He is also extremely responsive and always at the end of the line if needed."

Matt Moore has a growing reputation for his work on acquisition and leveraged finance mandates. His client base includes a variety of lenders from banks to alternative capital providers.
"Matt Moore is understanding, smart and a very good executor on transactions." "Matt is really good - he is very responsive, always on top of things and has a good market read."

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 Samuel is extremely knowledgeable in her area of expertise and very good at explaining complex matters in simple terms. She is also very good at managing our time and focusing us on the commercial points we need to understand while she handles the detail, for which we have total trust in her knowledge and judgement." "Melissa Samuel is hands-on, on top of things and very responsive."

Co-head of the global leveraged finance group at the firm, Nicholas Clark has a respected practice advising both lender and borrower clients. He frequently assists clients with leveraged and acquisition finance mandates.
"Nicholas is smart, pragmatic and can understand complex issues very easily and lead a path through them." "He is very good to work with, very experienced and has a deep knowledge of institutions across the City."

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 has a wealth of experience. He is a hugely motivated and driven individual who has a particular eye for drilling down to the essence of an issue so clients can effectively cut to the chase." "Philip is very good technically, very on top of market developments and user-friendly."

Co-head of the firm's global private equity practice, Robin Harvey comes recommended for his strengths advising across the finance space. He is particularly adept at acting for sponsors on private equity financing matters.
"Robin's client service was excellent. He is a smooth operator, knows the industry inside out and is a nice guy to deal with." "Robin Harvey is an excellent lawyer, very highly regarded in the market, very smart and pragmatic."

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.
"Simon Roberts is one of my favourites in the market - he is smart, commercial and thoughtful."

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London (Firms)

Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket

Annette Kurdian
Band 5
Darren Hanwell
Up and Coming
David J Campbell
Band 4
Denise Gibson
Band 2
Dominique Crowley
Associates to watch
Gregory T Brown
Band 6

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