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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Social Housing: Finance

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What the team is known for

Acts for housing associations on the borrower side of funding transactions. Facilitates bilateral and syndicated loan deals, as well as large-scale property charging exercises. Also demonstrates expertise in capital markets transactions including bond issues and private placements. Equipped to advise on development funding issues. Offers further notable experience handling mergers and demergers between housing associations.

Strengths

One client says: "They are great at keeping us informed of progress and flagging any issues quickly. Their knowledge of the sector is very good and means that we are able to rely on their expertise."

Another states:"The team is commercially strong, and able to focus on key deal economics and not get bogged down in getting a win on every single point. Rather, the team will look to make a deal as straightforward as possible from a client point of view."

Work highlights

Acted for Leeds Federated Housing Association as borrower on a new loan arrangement worth £20 million with bLEND Funding.

Notable practitioners

Jon Coane frequently acts for housing associations as borrowers on their loan arrangements, including advice on amendments. He also advises on note issuance facilities and private placements.
"He is very knowledgeable, responsive and helpful." "He has a very good commercial view of the market."

Natalie Singh is experienced in a range of social housing finance matters. She is frequently called upon by housing associations and other borrowers to advise on private placements, public and private bond issues and the restructuring of existing debt facilities.
"Natalie Singh is responsive, absolutely on top of the detail, and makes complex matters less so."

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Overview

ACS is one of the top three national social housing law firms advising on financing transactions (as verified by “Social Housing magazine”.

We act predominately on the borrowing side. Our experience was recognised at the Housing Association National Accountancy Awards 2017 as the best external professional advisor for the social housing sector. Our expertise includes capital markets expertise (public bond issues and private placements - US and UK); a specialist property charging team, providing strategic and structural advice regarding the funding of joint ventures and the use of treasury vehicles within a RP group. We were the first law firm to complete pension fund sale and leasebacks acting on behalf of registered providers (Derwent Living) and the first firm to complete a shared ownership investment model using out of sector sale and management lease back (also Derwent Living). 

We work closely with our social housing governance colleagues when ACS is acting on mergers, in respect of group consolidation and the financing consequences with several lenders and when that team is advising registered providers on joint ventures and property development finance.

Social Housing: Finance

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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Location

134 Edmund Street

Birmingham

West Midlands

UK

B3 2ES

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Social Housing: Finance


Jon Coane
Band 3
Natalie Singh
Band 2