Clifford Chance LLP

Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Significant finance practice sought out by high-calibre corporates, financial institutions and private equity sponsors in the syndicated loan and investment-grade markets. Well positioned to advise on the full range of financial instruments, from European covenant-lite structures to Term Loan B facilities. Additionally noted for its ability to advise lenders in EMEA on high-value transactions as well as its expertise assisting US-based clients. Enjoys a strong reputation for its expertise in the healthcare, technology, pharmaceuticals and retail sectors.

Strengths Clients say the lawyers are "very knowledgeable on market trends," adding: "They know what is achievable and are involved in a lot of deal flow, which is invaluable."

Clients say the team is "very professional and capable across multiple jurisdictions, with a good bench of partners and strong senior associate ranks."

Work highlights Advised Scandlines ApS as borrower and 3i as sponsor on the EUR862 million refinancing of the Scandlines Group.

Notable practitioners

Charles Cochrane advises on everything from highly leveraged transactions to investment-grade M&A. He is regularly called upon to act for leading corporates, banks and financial institutions, and demonstrates additional expertise advising on debt restructurings.

Emma Folds "engenders total confidence, and has a comprehensive understanding of what is important versus what is not important," according to clients. She regularly acts for banks and alternative capital providers on matters spanning from corporate lending to debt restructurings.

Jim MacHale is praised for his ability to represent both borrower and lender-side clients including major banks, alternative lenders and large corporates. His experience includes investment-grade and leveraged finance matters.

The "brilliant" Malcolm Sweeting is a long-standing figure in the market. He is esteemed for his broad global finance expertise, with particular experience in corporate finance matters.

Michael Bates is valued by clients for his "gravitas, technical skill set and experience" and is widely regarded as an expert in infrastructure acquisition financing matters. One source highlights: "He has a huge wealth of experience and is unparalleled in the market."

Clients praise Nicola Wherity for her "pragmatic and straightforward" advice. She has a wealth of experience advising on fund finance and investment-grade financing matters. Sources note: "She is fantastic, strong, great with clients and has a terrific practice."

Robert Lee is the global head of the firm's financial markets practice and has particular expertise in fund finance matters. He is additionally adept at handling acquisition finance and MBOs for an impressive list of corporate and private equity clients.

Roderick McGillivray is noted for his adept handling of cross-border matters for an enviable list of borrower and sponsor clients. He has a broad practice with particular experience advising on leveraged finance.