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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 2022 | Band 1 | 3 Years Ranked
    Another says: "The team was an early mover in the direct lending/unitranche space, so I would say they have the deepest knowledge of any firm in that space," adding: "Another important aspect I really value and appreciate is their team culture. The banking and finance team seems like a fun and collegiate team - it makes it a fun experience even when the deal is pressured."
  2. Proskauer Rose LLP
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    Proskauer Rose LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 1 | 3 Years Ranked
    Well-regarded lender offering, with specialist expertise acting for alternative capital providers. Regularly advises clients on a range of financing matters from acquisition finance to refinancings. Transatlantic practice assisting clients with multi-jurisdictional matters spanning the USA and Europe.
  3. Ashurst
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. Dechert LLP
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    Dechert LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 2 | 3 Years Ranked
    One client says: "Across the board the Dechert team are responsive, proactive and commercial – they do not raise points for the sake of raising them but at the same time, if there is a point that we or they feel strongly about, they are not afraid to push back to borrower’s counsel."
  2. Macfarlanes LLP
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    Macfarlanes LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 2 | 3 Years Ranked
    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.
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    Mayer Brown International LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 2 | 3 Years Ranked
    Notable strengths in handling complex and bespoke mid-market deals for lender clients, as well as experience in high-end borrower mandates. 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.
  4. Travers Smith LLP
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    Travers Smith LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 2 | 3 Years Ranked
    Deep pool of specialist finance advisers who work with sponsors, lenders and corporate borrowers on mid-market matters. Specialist knowledge in the area of derivatives and structured products, and fund finance. 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. Handles matters for an impressive client list that includes several high-profile private equity houses and international financial institutions.
  5. Baker McKenzie
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 2
  6. CMS
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 2
  7. Norton Rose Fulbright
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Addleshaw Goddard LLP
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    Addleshaw Goddard LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Acts for a host of lender-side clients on a range of mid-market matters, from investment-grade lending to leveraged finance transactions. Noted for its particular strength in real estate and project financing. Growing capability representing corporates, in addition to a developing expertise across fund finance, asset-based lending and aviation finance. Also able to act for private equity sponsors and overseas investors. 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 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    The team retains a number of UK clearing bank panel positions, while also assisting high-profile corporates. 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 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Retains strong relationships with traditional lenders and demonstrates capability in cross-border leveraged finance deals, especially in emerging markets. Additional strengths lie in alternative lender representations and financing transactions across sectors including TMT, oil and gas, and natural resources. Also notable for its fund financing work. 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 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Strong foundation acting for lender-side clients in the acquisition finance space, handling the full spectrum of financial instruments. 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. 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 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Exceptional team of highly skilled practitioners advising on complex financings for borrowers and sponsors, with regular work for investment banks and private equity funds. 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. Particularly noted for its strength in acquisition financing and unitranche matters. Recognised for lender-side work acting for both institutional and alternative lender clients.
  6. Pinsent Masons
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 3
  7. Reed Smith LLP
    Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market
    UK 2022 | Band 3