Macfarlanes LLP

Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Notable strengths in handling complex and bespoke mid-market deals. Advises borrowers, lenders and private equity sponsors and covers the full scope of financing matters, from structured finance to project finance and speciality finance. Also has noted expertise in acquisition and leveraged finance. Equipped to advise on domestic and cross-border matters, with additional experience advising on the English law aspects of high-yield bonds. Increasingly active in fund finance and advisory work for alternative lender clients.

Strengths Clients report: "They are very responsive, very commercial and they get the commercial drivers behind what we are trying to do."

Sources note: "They work well with the other side and have a very constructive approach to find collaborative solutions."

Work highlights Acted for Charme Capital Partners on the acquisition of Witherslack Group and its subsidiaries, and the associated borrowing of a GBP124 million financing package provided by NatWest and Five Arrows.

Notable practitioners

Clients say Andrew Perkins is "commercial, pragmatic and extremely helpful," adding: "He understands risks way beyond just the legal aspects." His practice also includes LBOs and restructurings. Sources say: "He provides clear, concise guidance and is very responsive."