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UK London (Firms) Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market

This section covers advice provided to borrowers, sponsors and lenders. Chambers UK considers a broad array of banking work for its purposes, with areas looked at including acquisition finance, syndicated lending, leveraged finance, Islamic finance and refinancing issues. Outside of London, we will also consider Real Estate Finance Work (London has a dedicated Real Estate Finance table). In London, firms are ranked in Lower Mid-Market, Mid-Market or Big-Ticket tables for their work for Borrowers and Lenders (A deal with a value of up to £99 million will be considered lower mid-market, a deal with a value between £100 - £499 million will be considered mid-market and any deal £500 million or above will be considered big-ticket). We also rank firms for their work representing sponsors, as well as recognising individuals separately for their Fund Finance and Islamic Finance expertise.

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Band 1
  1. Hogan Lovells
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    Hogan Lovells
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 4 Years Ranked
    Hogan Lovells has a sought-after banking and finance practice that is able to advise a broad array of clients on both the lender and borrower side. The team receives enviable instructions from traditional banks and debt funds as well as corporate entities. The firm's global footprint enables the team to advise on deals with a cross-border element. It offers specialist advice in the insurance sector, as well as expertise in real estate, asset and project finance.
  2. Proskauer Rose LLP
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    Proskauer Rose LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 4 Years Ranked
    Proskauer Rose has a well-regarded lender offering with specialist expertise acting for alternative capital providers. The team regularly advises clients on a range of financing matters from acquisition finance to refinancings. The firm's transatlantic practice assists clients with multi-jurisdictional matters spanning the USA and Europe.
  3. Ashurst
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 1
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Band 2
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    Baker McKenzie
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Baker McKenzie is an ideal option for clients seeking advice on complex multi-jurisdictional matters including leveraged acquisitions, syndicated lending and project finance transactions. The team attracts an increasing number of instructions from alternative lenders, in addition to strengthening its presence on UK bank panels. It specialises in emerging market matters with a growing focus on sub-Saharan African and Turkish markets. The firm has an impressive portfolio of clients also includes leading international corporate borrowers.
  2. Dechert LLP
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    Dechert LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Dechert is recognised for its strong lender-side practice, and in particular for its work on direct lending. The team is frequently instructed by an impressive roster of banks and alternative lender clients. It is also noted for its adept handling of fund financings and emerging market transactions.
  3. Macfarlanes LLP
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    Macfarlanes LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Macfarlanes has notable strengths in handling complex and bespoke mid-market deals for lenders, borrowers and private-equity sponsors. The practice spans the full scope of financing matters from structured finance to project finance and speciality finance. The team also has noted expertise in acquisition and leveraged finance. Macfarlanes is also equipped to advise on domestic and cross-border matters, with additional experience advising on the English law aspects of high-yield bonds. It regularly acts on fund finance and advisory work for alternative lender clients.
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    Mayer Brown International LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Mayer Brown handles complex and bespoke mid-market deals for lender clients, as well as high-end borrower mandates and private equity sponsors. The firm's practice spans the full scope of financing matters, from structured finance to project finance and speciality finance. It has noted expertise in acquisition and leveraged finance and is well equipped to advise on domestic and cross-border matters with additional experience advising on the English law aspects of high-yield bonds. The department regularly acts on fund finance and advisory work for alternative lender clients.
  5. Travers Smith LLP
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    Travers Smith LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Travers Smith has a deep pool of specialist finance advisers who work with sponsors, lenders and corporate borrowers on mid-market matters. The team has specialist knowledge in the area of derivatives and structured products and in fund finance. It demonstrates broad sector expertise, continuing to advise on deals in the media, leisure and technology industries, in addition to the retail and infrastructure sectors, among others. The firm also handles matters for an impressive client list that includes several high-profile private equity houses and international financial institutions.
  6. CMS
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 2
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Band 3
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    Addleshaw Goddard LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    Addleshaw Goddard acts for a host of lender-side clients on a range of mid-market matters, from investment-grade lending to leveraged finance transactions. It is noted for its particular strength in real estate and project financing. The team has growing capability representing corporates, in addition to a developing expertise across fund finance, asset-based lending and aviation finance. It is also able to act for private equity sponsors and overseas investors. The team demonstrates broad sector expertise including retail, technology and healthcare.
  2. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
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    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner retains a number of UK clearing bank panel positions, while also assisting high-profile corporates. The team draws on strengths in a broad range of sectors including healthcare, leisure and gaming, and insurance, to assist clients with a full range of banking matters. Its global network of offices makes it a popular choice for complex multi-jurisdictional financings.
  3. Dentons
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    Dentons
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    Dentons retains strong relationships with traditional lenders and demonstrates capability in cross-border leveraged finance deals, especially in emerging markets. The firm has additional strengths in alternative lender representations and financing transactions across sectors including TMT, oil and gas, and natural resources. It is also notable for its fund financing work. Dentons' practice also includes a respected Islamic finance offering.
  4. DLA Piper LLP
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    DLA Piper LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper has a strong foundation acting for lender-side clients in the acquisition finance space, handling the full spectrum of financial instruments. DLA Piper demonstrates strength advising international corporates and private equity clients on complex transactions, drawing on the firm's extensive global network to advise on cross-border deals. The team frequently advises on finance matters in the technology, telecommunications, and oil and gas sectors.
  5. Ropes & Gray LLP
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    Ropes & Gray LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    Ropes & Gray has an exceptional team of highly skilled practitioners advising on complex financings for borrowers and sponsors, with regular work for investment banks and private equity funds. Ropes & Gray continues to be a strong presence in the European leveraged finance market thanks to its acute understanding of high-yield issues and masterful handling of UK and US hybrid transactions. The team is particularly noted for its strength in acquisition financing and unitranche matters. Ropes & Gray is recognised for lender-side work acting for both institutional and alternative lender clients.
  6. Norton Rose Fulbright
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  7. Pinsent Masons
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  8. Reed Smith LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2023 | Band 3