Hogan Lovells

Banking & Finance Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Highly regarded mid-market lender practice advising a client base that includes traditional banks and debt funds. The firm's global footprint enables the team to advise on deals with a cross-border element. Offers specialist advice in the insurance sector, as well as expertise in real estate, asset and project finance.

Strengths One client says: "They have a very good understanding of the ever-changing dynamics of the mid-market, the landscape of both bank and direct lender debt providers, and terms and structures."

Another client says: "They provide calm, clear advice and very professional execution."

An interviewee reports: "Hogan Lovells provide solid support to lenders. Working with them, I always feel confident that I know where the key issues are and how we should best address these. They are always very helpful, responsive and good counsel to have in your corner."

Work highlights Advised Crescent Capital and the Bank of Ireland on the financing of the USD340 million acquisition by Montagu Private Equity of Kodak’s Flexographic Packaging Division.

Notable practitioners

Francis Booth
is noted for his strength across the financing space. He counts both traditional and alternative lenders on his growing client roster, typically assisting with complex acquisition financings.
"He is very experienced, easy to work with, good technically and a good communicator." "He has very good connections with credit advisers and is a very constructive and helpful person on lender-side transactions."

Jo Robinson
is noted for her expertise in the direct lending space. She is experienced in acting for debt funds, regularly assisting with matters involving unitranche and term loan financings.

"Jo is proactive, able to think commercially and able to explain complex concepts in an easy-to-understand way. She is also able to tap into her network to provide her clients with extra support where needed and has expert knowledge in unitranche and first out/last out financings."

Matthew Cottis
is the global head of the firm's finance practice and is highly regarded for his presentation of lender-side clients. He has particular expertise in acquisition finance and is adept at handling cross-border matters.

Paul Mullen
is particularly adept at advising on direct lending matters as well as traditional leveraged finance transactions. He regularly acts for debt funds and banks on complex unitranche and first out/last out financings.
"A very capable pair of hands who is good, commercial and easy to work with." "He is very experienced and very strong technically."

Penny Angell
is the global head of the firm's banking practice and is held in high regard for her leveraged and acquisition finance expertise. She regularly acts for a number of leading banks on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions.
"She provides excellent counsel and is very knowledgeable with a detailed understanding of the various regulatory regimes. She is a calm negotiator and gives very clear advice." "Penny is professional, extremely intelligent and extremely likeable. She is probably one of the best banking lawyers there is in the market - if you have Penny working for you, you know you will get absolute top-rate service."