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Banking & Finance

8 ranked lawyersBand 2London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table
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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 have a strong team across their expert groups," and add: "They provide a lot of good partner attention, and the junior team members do a good job."

"Linklaters is a standout team," says a client who adds: "They can handle crazy time-pressured deals and provide extremely good service - they are very thought out and issue-led in approach."

Others note: "They are our go-to firm - very responsive, very thoughtful and very practical. They offer great content and sophistication, as well as the ability to push when needed but be practical and get things signed off."

Clients value the team for being "fabulously collaborative and pragmatic."

Work highlights

Acted for IG Group Holdings, as English legal advisers, in connection with a multicurrency acquisition term facility to partly fund the cash component of the consideration for its proposed acquisition of tastytrade.

Advised the lenders to Stonegate on the financing for its public-to-private acquisition of Ei Group.

Advised Hg on its EUR1 billion acquisition of SmartTrade, a multi-asset electronic trading solution headquartered in France.

Notable practitioners

David Irvine is co-head of the firm’s leveraged finance practice. He is a go-to for sponsor-side clients, regularly assisting them on big-ticket acquisition financings. He also brings an excellent understanding of Asian markets, having recently returned from practising in Hong Kong.
"He's responsive, technical and commercial." "David is a tough negotiator, very smart and a great banking lawyer."

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.
"Edward Aldred is smart, talented and easy to work with." "He is a good lawyer - user-friendly and commercial."

Gideon Moore is a stalwart of the London finance market. He offers enviable expertise in leveraged finance, corporate lending and acquisition finance.

Nick Syson is renowned in the market for his wealth of experience assisting banks with large-cap financings. He is adroit at advising on leveraged finance and debt restructuring matters.
"Nick is user-friendly and experienced. He very quickly gets to the heart of issues."

Oliver Edwards is co-head of corporate and structured lending and specialises in margin lending matters. He is sought after by both banks and corporates to advise on cross-border transactions.
"Oliver Edwards is very smart and able to deal with complicated issues." "Oliver has expertise and a deep knowledge."

Oliver Sceales is co-head of the firm’s financial sponsor leveraged finance practice. He is recognised for his skill in advising on sponsor-backed leveraged acquisition finance transactions.
"I think Oliver is fantastic. He is always hands-on, always responsive and thoughtful about what we need and the best legal and commercial approach - a great team leader."

Global co-head of banking Philip Spittal is experienced in advising on domestic and international matters for both borrower and lender clients. His practice spans syndicated lending, event-driven acquisitions and leveraged finance.
"Philip Spittal is fantastic. He has great industry experience and knowledge - someone I would blindly rely on to give proper counsel and commercial views." "Philip is very experienced and is well known and liked by the market - I trust him on difficult transactions."

Co-head of corporate and structured lending, 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.
"Toby is very responsive, knowledgeable and always manages to simplify legal jargon into layman’s terms."

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Banking & Finance

Linklaters

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Location

One Silk Street

London

Greater London

UK

EC2Y 8HQ

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Ranked Lawyers

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.

London (Firms)

Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket


David Irvine
Band 6
Edward Aldred
Band 5
Gideon Moore
Eminent Practitioners
Nick Syson
Band 2
Oliver Edwards
Band 6
Oliver Sceales
Band 5

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