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What the team is known for

Highly sophisticated banking practice that is considered a first port of call by leading institutional lenders and sponsors for multi-jurisdictional transactions requiring the implementation of cutting-edge financial products. Additionally enjoys a strong reputation among borrower clients. Continues to represent debt funds on deals in the European leveraged finance market. Well equipped to advise on margin loan financings and bespoke finance solutions such as PIK loans, term loan B facilities and hybrid investments. Also has notable expertise handling public-to-private deals.

Strengths

One source says: "They are the best law firm in London for leveraged finance, as they can do equally well both loans and bonds and are unmatched in their expertise on both products."

A client says: "They are excellent, the leading leveraged finance legal counsel. They are reliable, proactive and up to date with market developments."

"They are great when they are on a deal. They are organised, all over the transaction, and they have a very deep team which is coordinated across groups," reports one client.

Work highlights

Advised Goldman Sachs on the term loans and revolving credit facilities relating to Thoma Bravo’s USD3.9 billion takeover of Sophos.

Notable practitioners

Dominic Newcomb is regarded as a premier choice for sponsor and borrower clients. His practice regularly involves acting on a number of high-value domestic and international debt financings.
"Dominic is an encyclopedia of market terms, deploying voluminous knowledge for the benefit of his clients." "He is excellent technically."

Jayanthi Sadanandan has a broad practice representing sponsor, borrower and lender clients. Her work spans leveraged and investment-grade financings, in both the UK and international markets.
"She is a very fine acquisition finance lawyer." "She is excellent on deals. Fantastic technically, very to the point on issues and negotiates very hard on our behalf."

Co-chair of the firm's London finance practice Mohamed Nurmohamed is highlighted for his adept handling of lender-side mandates. He is frequently instructed by investment bank clients to assist with complex cross-border financings.
"He is very technical, very intelligent and knows the market really well." "He is very experienced on cutting-edge terms of top-tier work and has very strong experience."

Sam Hamilton is noted for his expertise in acting for sponsors on leveraged finance matters. He is also advises corporate borrowers on refinancings and other credit facilities. 
"Sam is one of the brightest lights in sponsor-side finance, providing cutting-edge advice and winning his clients the very best terms in the market." "He has excellent technical skills combined with detailed knowledge. He can translate legal advice in a way that is understood by non-lawyers."

Stephen Kensell is the managing partner of the firm’s London office. He remains a go-to for major banks and financial institutions on complex financings.
"He is the best lender-side lawyer in the market." "He is very knowledgeable, very committed and very commercial - great to have on your side."

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Banking & Finance

Latham & Watkins LLP

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99 Bishopsgate

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Greater London

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EC2M 3XF

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

UK

Banking & Finance


Dominic Newcomb
Band 1
Jayanthi Sadanandan
Band 2
Mohamed Nurmohamed
Band 4
Sam Hamilton
Band 3
Stephen Kensell
Eminent Practitioners