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Banking & Finance

2 ranked lawyersBand 3ScotlandUK 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Full-service practice with a distinguished list of clients that includes banks, corporates and asset managers. Offers expertise in the food and drink, oil and gas, and energy sectors. Notable for handling big-ticket acquisition lending and refinancing deals in relation to real estate and housing finance. Regularly involved in cross-border matters.

Strengths

Sources say: "Things are done in a timely manner and to a high standard. They are helpful when it comes to providing advice and they understand the local Scottish market and the niche sectors within the market."

"They're a very professional and knowledgeable team who make sure they cover all the bases," says one client.

A further source notes: "The team is excellent and works well with other departments in the firm to provide a focused, joined-up service."

Work highlights

Acted as lead counsel for a group of investment trusts on refinancing their banking arrangements with Scotiabank, the aggregate banking facilities of which were £210 million.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Fitzsimmons heads the firm's banking and finance department in Glasgow and Aberdeen. He advises on work ranging from project and energy financing to acquisition finance and asset-based lending.
"Stuart is very knowledgeable particularly with regards to banking law and the associated risks and mitigants. He also has a strong knowledge of asset-based lending." "He understands the market very well and is very commercial."

Susan Kelly is a distinguished practitioner praised for her involvement on significant deals. She advises on a broad range of work, advising lenders including banks and debt funds, as well as borrowers. Her expertise includes refinancing and mezzanine financing matters.
"Susan is excellent. She has great experience, is always available to assist and has a handle on the detail of any transaction." "She is an excellent banking lawyer."

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Overview

  • We advise locally and internationally on acquisition finance, general lending, renewables, project and infrastructure finance, real estate finance, investment trust lending, asset finance, private placements, securitisation, structured finance and restructuring and insolvency.
  • In addition we have a deep understanding of the sectors which are core to the Scottish economy. A key example is food & drink where we are the leading finance specialists, advising businesses across the sector such as Baxters Food Group, Edrington Group, Devro, First Milk and Nairns.
  • Our Scottish banking team is supported by expertise in derivatives, debt capital markets and financial regulatory. The bulk of Scottish ranked firms do not have access to this expertise and therefore cannot advise clients on the full lifecycle of funding requirements.
  • We are one of a few firms in Scotland who advise on securitisation work, working closely with our securitisation team in London. This enables us to provide comprehensive advice on securitisations across the UK. We are the only specialist securitisation team in the Scottish market who do this.
  • We act as lead advisors. A large proportion of transactions carried out by Scottish ranked firms are only handled on a secondary or referral basis, not lead advisor basis. This demonstrates our expertise and standing with active funders and borrowers in the market.

Banking & Finance Department

Dentons

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Quartermile One

15 Lauriston Place

Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh

UK

EH3 9EP

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Scotland

Banking & Finance


Stuart Fitzsimmons
Band 3
Susan Kelly
Band 1