Linklaters

Banking & Finance Department

London (Firms)
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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 that "the loans team are the market leaders."

Sources note:"Linklaters' banking and equity finance team is very strong."

Work highlights Acted as English transaction counsel to NatWest Markets and Lloyds Bank as underwriters of the approximately £1 billion term loan advanced to a bid vehicle in order to fund a recommended cash offer for John Laing Infrastructure Fund.

Notable practitioners

Adam Freeman is the global head of the firm’s leveraged finance practice and is held in high regard for his acquisition finance expertise. He is experienced in acting for both borrower and lender-side clients.

Annette Kurdian is praised by sources for being "good to deal with," as well as"helpful and commercial."She regularly advises on cross-border leveraged finance transactions and fund finance matters.

Edward Aldred is respected for his expertise in international finance matters. His particular areas of expertise include leveraged finance, bank/bond structures and loan products.

Firm-wide managing partner Gideon Moore is hailed a "great deal doer" by market commentators. He offers enviable expertise in leveraged finance, corporate lending and acquisition finance.

Nick Syson brings a wealth of experience acting for banks and is particularly adept at advising on leveraged finance and debt restructuring matters.

The "superb" Oliver Edwards has particular expertise in structured finance matters and specialises in margin lending matters. Clients note: "He is very good and he works very hard for us."

Oliver Sceales is "very good on the sponsor side" according to impressed market commentators. He has a growing reputation for his skill in advising on sponsor-backed leveraged acquisition finance transactions.

Head of global loans Philip Spittal is experienced at advising on domestic and international matters for both borrower and lender clients. His practice spans syndicated lending, event-driven acquisitions and leveraged finance.

Toby Grimstone is adept at advising on syndicated and secured bank financings. He is regularly instructed by bank and borrower clients and specialises in acquisition and general corporate financing matters.