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CMS

Banking & Finance

3 ranked lawyersBand 2London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Equally at home advising UK clearing banks, alternative lenders and borrower clients on transactions ranging from acquisition finance to debt portfolio acquisitions. Developed reputation for acting on cross-border deals, with sector expertise in hotels and leisure, oil and gas, and healthcare. Additionally noted for its TMT expertise. The firm's prowess in real estate finance and financial restructuring complements the banking and finance practice.

Strengths

A client says: "CMS's strength is the quality of service. They are able to work quickly and keep the agreement turns tight and concise."

One source notes: "The firm has excellent partner engagement, high-quality associates and an ability to very quickly understand our commercial position and deliver a solution that works."

Clients say: "CMS is devoted to high-quality work and can provide leverage through their international presence."

Work highlights

Advised Prime Focus Group on an amendment and restatement of its current banking facilities and new CLBILS facilities.

Advised a syndicate of lenders on a £170 million term loan facility to BBC Commercial Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Alex Patience is routinely called upon for his strength in syndicated and leveraged finance matters. His client base includes both corporate borrowers and lenders.
"I found Alex brilliant - he went above and beyond." "Alex Patience is collaborative, good technically and a pleasure to work with." "He's always first class in looking after clients."

Charles Kerrigan is routinely called upon by a variety of clients to assist with complex financings and recapitalisation. He has particular expertise in advising clients on TMT finance and blockchain matters.
"Charles Kerrigan is excellent - he's extremely cerebral, a heavyweight banking partner, a very nice person and very good at what he does." "He gives hands-on practical advice and he is also a very commercial but calm and well-guiding adviser." "He is extremely responsive and gives high-level advice driving down into the details."

Olivia Crundwell is a well-regarded associate in the London market. She is able to act for clients across the space, including banks, debt funds and corporate borrowers.
"She is professional, responsive and produces high-quality work." "She is helpful and has a clever style in drafting - she keeps documentation succinct while capturing the key points."

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Banking & Finance: Mid-Market


Alex Patience
Band 5
Charles Kerrigan
Band 5
Olivia Crundwell
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