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Baker McKenzie

Banking & Finance

2 ranked lawyersBand 2London (Firms)UK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

An ideal option for clients seeking advice on complex multi-jurisdictional matters including leveraged acquisitions, syndicated lending and project finance transactions. Attracts an increasing number of instructions from alternative lenders, in addition to strengthening its presence on UK bank panels. Specialises in emerging market matters, with a growing focus on the Sub-Saharan African and Turkish markets. An impressive portfolio of clients also includes leading international corporate borrowers.

Strengths

Clients say: "They are a top-class firm with great lawyers and an incredibly broad global network."

Sources say: "They are very helpful in obtaining extra guidance and always reachable."

Another client says: "Baker McKenzie is highly professional, friendly, approachable and just fantastic to work with."

Work highlights

Advised Barings Private Debt and Ardian Private Debt as unitranche lenders on the financing package for Macquarie Principal Finance's public-to-private acquisition of Premier Technical Services Group.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Cox advises clients on a range of acquisition and leveraged finance matters. He is particularly noted for his sponsor-side representation and capabilities on multi-jurisdictional transactions.
"He is a very talented, commercial and fast-moving partner who is great to work with on transactions." "He is a really experienced partner who brings a significant gravitas to transactions."

Matthew Smith is regularly called upon to advise banks and funds on a wide range of acquisition and leveraged finance matters. He has notable experience advising on international transactions.
"He is highly responsive, always available and fully in the detail on all elements of documentation. He has a highly commercial approach and is very capable of putting himself in the shoes of both lenders and sponsors to arrive at a balanced outcome."

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Banking & Finance: Mid-Market


Matthew Cox
Band 4
Matthew Smith
Band 5