Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market - London (Firms)
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.
Clients say: "It's very strong firm overall with a depth of experience and talent that can be deployed on any transaction, leveraging its global network of offices."
Another notes: "Baker McKenzie is a top-class, full-service, international law firm," adding: "They excel at client service."
An interviewee reports: "The firm is very client-oriented and provides unlimited guidance."
"The team is characterised by its high level of services and responsiveness," says a source, highlighting: "All the lawyers are remarkable professionals who provide tailor-made solutions to legal issues."
Advised Vernacare on the acquisition of Frontier Medical Group's infection prevention business.
Advised Bridgepoint Credit and Investec Bank on the unitranche and mezzanine refinancing of ICG and CGE Partners' acquisition of the Enhesa Group.
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. "Matthew Cox is really commercial, good at taking a view and always very responsive. He's also creative when needed and able to think outside the box." "Matthew is very responsive, very commercial, quickly grasps organisational needs and translates that into the legal mechanics."
Nick O'Grady demonstrates experience across the space, with particular expertise advising sponsor-side clients. He is able to advise on both domestic and cross-border transactions. "He has the ability to coordinate complex transactions seamlessly with a large team, speed of response and clear guidance throughout process." "He is very knowledgeable, able to explain lengthy and complex elements of legal documents in a practical way to facilitate the right decisions, and always responsive."