Norton Rose Fulbright

Banking & Finance Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Notable for its lender-side practice which covers a diverse scope of financing work for a multitude of domestic commercial banks. In addition to its panel relationships with major financial institutions, the group also advises a wide variety of corporate borrowers. Also well positioned to advise on Shari'a-compliant structures. Works across a range of sectors including oil and gas, transportation and technology. Offers impressive global reach on cross-border work.

Strengths Interviewees report that the team is "very professional, very responsive and understand our needs."

Others say: "They are commercially minded and they always deliver."

Clients praise the team for its ability to "balance the commercial with an understanding of the nuance and details of our project."

Work highlights Advised Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund in relation to its latest round of debt fundraising, in which it raised approximately USD385 million in new long-term debt capital to invest in sub-Saharan African infrastructure projects.

Notable practitioners

Europe, Middle East and Asia chair  Farmida Bi has an excellent reputation in the market. She complements her Islamic finance practice with capital markets expertise, advising clients on Shari'a-compliant products and sukuk issuance.

Michael Black specialises in asset-based lending matters. He regularly acts for lenders, counting a number of banks and financial institutions amongst his clients. He has additional expertise in real estate finance.

Head of leveraged and acquisition finance Michael Ings is noted for his specialist expertise in telecoms and media finance matters. One client notes: "He is very commercially minded; he will go beyond thinking about the letter of the law to think about finding a solution."