Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Exhibits extensive capabilities acting for banks, funds, corporates and sponsors. Advises on domestic and cross-border matters, demonstrating strength on bond and US loan deals. Continues to be notable for its regulatory work. Able to draw on the firm's significant derivatives, corporate and high-yield capabilities when advising on margin lending transactions and European covenant-lite leveraged loans. Growing presence in the alternative credit provider space.

Strengths Clients say: "They are responsive and focused on making transactions happen on time and with minimum fuss."

Clients praise the firm's "breadth of advice across different practices and geographies" and regard it as a "one-stop shop with high-quality advice."

Work highlights Advised ING Bank as global co-ordinator in respect of a new term and revolving credit facilities and a EUR600 million short-term facility for Dufry.

Notable practitioners

Global head of the firm’s leveraged finance practice  Adam Freeman has a "good presence and gives a very clear view of his thoughts on a matter," according to clients. He is held in high regard for his acquisition financing expertise. Clients say: "He is very experienced and he has good relationships, which allows him to negotiate more effectively when everything is very tense."

Firm-wide managing partner Gideon Moore has notable expertise in leveraged finance, acquisition finance and corporate lending.

Clients praise Nick Syson as "very commercial, with an impressive knowledge of market precedents and practices." He is a respected figure in the leveraged finance space, and is additionally adept at advising on debt restructuring matters.

Philip Spittal heads the firm's global loans practice and regularly advises both corporate and banking clients. He is noted for his expertise in syndicated lending, leveraged finance and event-driven acquisitions. Sources say he is "very sensible and practical."