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 Clients note that the team is "approachable and committed to ensuring deal completion."

Sources say: "They provide great service and have a good understanding of the industry and market, as well as a practical approach to legal matters."

Commentators regard this as a "strong and experienced mid-market leveraged finance practice that demonstrates strength in depth through its good bench of partners and associates."

Work highlights Acted for NatWest as well as its direct lending partners AIG, M&G and Hermes in connection with the £115 million senior facilities made available to fund Francisco Partners' acquisition of ByBox.

Notable practitioners

Clients say Jo Robinson has "deep expertise within private equity leveraged finance transactions, with a strong understanding of the range of structures involved in transactions. She runs the process and is in all the detail." She has a diverse client base with experience acting for both lender and borrower side clients. Clients say: "She is commercial, easy to work with and doesn’t speak in legal jargon."

Global head of the firm's finance practice Matthew Cottis has particular expertise in acquisition finance and is adept at handling cross-border matters. Sources regard him as a "consummate practitioner who is very smooth and knows his stuff backwards."

Paul Mullen is particularly adept at advising on direct lending matters as well as offering leveraged finance expertise. He regularly acts for debt funds and banks, among other clients. He is "very commercial and pragmatic and trusted by the lender community," according to sources.

Interviewees describe working with Penny Angell as a "flawless experience," because "she is committed and dedicated as well as highly experienced in her field." She is the global head of the firm's banking practice and is held in high regard for her leveraged and acquisition finance expertise.