Pinsent Masons

Social Housing: Finance Department

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What the team is known for Nationwide lender-focused department acting for a number of well-known banks and other funders. Advises on debt capital markets transactions, syndicated lending and securitisations, among other matters. Also advises the HCA on various financing matters. Additional experience in advising on PFI, including pathfinder projects.

Strengths A client says: "I am very impressed by their attention to detail and ability to present the most challenging and important issues to us and bring advice on them."

According to another client, "they are an excellent firm and provide an excellent service."

Work highlights Advising Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in connection with its £75 million loan facility to Sovereign Housing Association and the charging of circa 1,000 units.

Notable practitioners

Alexis Hayworth offers specialist advice to issuers and corporate trustees on social housing bond financing matters, among other areas of expertise.

The "capable, knowledgeable" Sarah Whitty leads the firm's national social housing finance practice. Funders of social housing seek her advice on financing options such as private placements and public bonds. Clients praise her "pragmatic and calm" approach.