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Macfarlanes LLP

Banking & Finance

6 ranked lawyersBand 3London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Notable strengths in handling complex and bespoke mid-market deals for lender and borrower-side clients. Also advises private equity sponsors, and the practice spans 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. Regularly acts on fund finance and advisory work for alternative lender clients.

Strengths

A source reports: "They are extremely knowledgeable and extremely responsive," adding: "They understand our business needs and internal requirements, as well as court precedents."

One client says: "Macfarlanes are very good, very diligent and leave no stone unturned. They are always available, while being commercial and pragmatic in approach."

Clients say the team is "pragmatic, experienced and responsive."

"They are a very strong and seasoned team that point out issues so you can work around or find solutions to them," notes one client.

Work highlights

Advised RSK on the amendment and restatement of its £315 million funding package with Ares Capital Europe and NatWest.

Advised VTB Capital on its role as financial adviser to Nova Resources on its £3 billion offer for Kazakhstan-based copper company KAZ Minerals.

Acted for Epiris on £140 million term and revolving facilities made available by funds managed by Ares Management for the public-to-private acquisition of IFG Group.

Notable practitioners

Adam Caines has experience acting for alternative lenders such as credit funds as well as private equity sponsors. He regularly assists with domestic and cross-border acquisition financings.
"Adam is hard-working and detail-oriented."

Head of the finance group Andrew Perkins is noted for his expert lender-side representation. He is a stalwart of the alternative credit space and is regularly called upon by banks and debt funds to advise on complex financings.
"Andrew Perkins is an incredibly strong lender-side counsel, with the right mix of commerciality and technical skill." "He is one of the nicest guys in the industry and an exceptional lawyer." "He is sympathetic to clients' needs and excellent technically. He has all the time in the world for his clients, he makes us feel like he is always there and he is very supportive."

Kirstie Hutchinson advises on a broad range of acquisition and leveraged finance matters. Her diverse client roster includes corporates, banks and sponsors, which she assists with UK and cross-border financings.
"Kirstie is very knowledgeable, sensible, and we enjoy working with her - she is a key player in the private credit world." "Kirstie Hutchinson is extremely strong technically and commercially, with a deep set of experience. She is also really calm, solution-oriented and very good at leading negotiations."

Malcolm Hitching has substantial experience advising across the space, regularly acting for sponsor, borrower and alternative capital provider clients. He is adept at handling significant cross-border acquisition financings.
"Malcolm is vastly experienced and very much brings a commercial edge." "Malcolm Hitching was absolutely brilliant - he gives very clear, very commercial and practical advice. He takes complex issues and talks them through in a way that provides clarity."

Richard Fletcher centres his strong practice on the representation of clients in fund financings. He acts for corporate borrowers as well as financial institutions.
"He is very proactive, very available, and his market knowledge is excellent."

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Banking & Finance

Macfarlanes LLP

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Location

20 Cursitor Street

London

Greater London

UK

EC4A 1LT

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London (Firms)

Banking & Finance: Fund Finance


Andrew Perkins
Band 2
Richard Fletcher
Band 2

Banking & Finance: Mid-Market


Adam Caines
Associates to watch
Andrew Perkins
Band 2
Kirstie Hutchinson
Band 4
Malcolm Hitching
Band 3