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Brodies LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Commended for its full-service banking and finance practice, including experience in real estate, infrastructure, receivables and acquisition finance. Advises both borrowers and lenders. Capable of assisting with cross-border mandates. Key sectors include renewable energy, housing and hotels.

Strengths Clients say: "The team have always impressed with their speed of response and ability to work quickly to deadlines. The quality of their work is good and matches our expectations."

Another adds: "They provide a pragmatic, flexible and commercial approach which adds value to the process and assists in providing a solution to our requirements."

Work highlights Acted for Liberty House Group and SIMEC Energy in the £300 million financing of their acquisition of the Lochaber Hydro Plant and Smelter Works, the Kinlochleven Hydro Plant and related lands.

Advised Aberdeen City Council on a £370 million bond issue.

Significant clients Lloyds, RBS, HSBC, Santander, Clydesdale Bank.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Stephen advises an impressive roster of banks on corporate funding and real estate finance. "Bruce is very helpful; he offers a pragmatic approach along with a strong understanding of the legal issues and is very much solution-driven," says a client.

Glasgow-based Peter Kelly specialises in significant real estate finance transactions, as well as leveraged corporate lending. Clients know him to be an "excellent" practitioner.

Michael Stoneham is head of the energy and infrastructure group, and described by sources as "very much focused on project finance, and he knows the area well." He is also experienced with public bond issuances.

Aberdeen-based Neal Richardson is an experienced and versatile lenders' counsel. One client notes: "Neal is extremely efficient and has very strong attention to detail. He is able to act commercially and I feel we have a strong personal connection which adds value to the overall relationship."

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CMS - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Standout team, well equipped to handle a broad range of work, including general corporate lending, acquisition finance and capital markets. Expertise extends to real estate finance and corporate restructuring and recovery. Represents significant banks and financial entities on domestic and international lending.

Strengths Clients say: "The team was one that held a large quantity of practical knowledge of how to put forward solutions to potential problems. The pace of work was excellent, with all timescales met."

Further sources add: "They have a good breadth of knowledge of the banking market as a whole and are very commercial."

Work highlights Represented Lloyds for a syndicate of lenders in the amendment and restatements of £300 million in existing facilities.

Advised Ethos Energy on the £40 million refinancing of its debt with a club of four banks.

Significant clients Barclays, RBS, Investec, Clyde Blowers, Close Brothers.

Notable practitioners

Caryn Penley is the head of the firm's Scottish banking group. Her practice involved representing leading high street banks in major investments and refinancings, often related to real estate assets.

Gordon Hay is widely recognised as an energy finance expert, and is particularly active in the wind project sector. A source describes him as "an effective builder of client relationships."

Stephen Phillips is praised by a client who says: "He provides great client service, combining technical expertise with a strong commercial awareness. Very responsive and flexible to our needs." He is notably active on refinancings and in the Scottish mortgage-related market.

Alan Fulton is well regarded for his activity as lenders' counsel, advising on corporate finance mandates. He has experience advising on re-bank transactions in key sectors of the Scottish market.

Based in Aberdeen, Dawn Reoch is lauded for her involvement in major cross-border financings. A client enthuses: "She is extremely client-friendly, technically superb and displays good commerciality. She's just incredibly diligent and always goes the extra mile."

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Dickson Minto WS - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Commended by market sources for its advice to sponsors, banks and borrowers on acquisition finance transactions. Also demonstrates expertise on property finance and restructurings.

Notable practitioners

Colin McHale has a long track record working on complex banking transactions and refinancings.

Edinburgh-based Allan Fraser remains respected for his capabilities in advising on secured lending matters. Commentators highlight that he is "well regarded in leveraged work."

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Pinsent Masons LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Strong banking and finance team reputed for its strength in real estate, as well as leveraged and project finance. Recognised for its capacity to handle cross-border transactions. Represents an impressive selection of national and international banks.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very competent, quick to react, good to deal with, and get the job done whatever is required. They have the ability to bring in additional resources and handle cross-border work as and when required."

Work highlights Advised the Bank of Ireland on the EUR367 million refinancing of the Gort to Tuam road PPP.

Assisted Aviva Annuity with a £183 million loan to a consortium acquiring the transmission assets connecting the 356 MW Westermost Rough offshore wind farm with the onshore network.

Significant clients RBS, Clydesdale Bank, Santander, Deutsche Bank, Société Générale.

Notable practitioners

Department head John Maciver advises on corporate financing deals for a wide range of major clients. "He's quite prominent in the marketplace, and good to be opposite," says one interviewee.

Gillian Frew handles large-scale lending related to infrastructure and renewable power. One client says: "She was particularly impressive and brought commerciality and pragmatism. She had a sense of urgency to get a deal done."

Aberdeen-based Richard Scott has a broad practice covering corporate lending and refinancing. A client notes: "Richard has a very good manner and interpersonal skills in his dealing with us. This assists his very thorough technical knowledge and efficient management of cases."

Michael Watson is head of the firm's finance and projects group. He maintains a strong reputation for expertise advising on project financing from Edinburgh.

Edinburgh-based Iain Macaulay is well known for his expertise in project finance. He is mainly active in the oil and gas sector, acting for lenders and borrowers.

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Burness Paull - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Highly respected banking team that is noted for its work in fund and real estate finance. Other areas of expertise include debt sales and leveraged finance. Has particular experience in the oil and gas sector. Frequently represents major high street banks and leading Scottish corporates.

Strengths One client says: "The team has depth, strength and breadth. A strong team approach, well trained and receptive and responsive."

Another adds: "As a team effort, we were very impressed. They would come down on a regular basis and work together."

Work highlights Advised Tuscola Group on the 30-year term financing of a ground rent portfolio with an insurance company lender, in a transaction valued at £68 million.

Acted for RBS in arranging a £17 million term development and investment finance facility for the renovation of a property in Edinburgh's New Town.

Significant clients Bank of Scotland, Bluegem Capital Partners, Barclays, Santander, Stewart Milne Group.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Heaney has a prominent financing practice in the Central Belt, and additional capital markets skills. One client says: "He has a great can-do mentality, and he tries to protect our balance sheet while being innovative. He runs a very tight ship."

Aberdeen-based John Kennedy regularly acts for borrowers in sizeable lending transactions in the housing and energy sectors.

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Dentons - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Full-service practice with a distinguished list of clients that includes banks, corporates and asset managers. Offers expertise in the food and drink, oil and gas, and energy sectors. Notable for its real estate and housing finance work. Regularly advises on refinancings and acquisition lending.

Strengths Clients say: "They are responsive, proactive, technically skilled and commercial."

Another source explains: "They have a really good depth of resources, are proactive and deliver on time and on budget."

Work highlights Assisted The Edrington Group and The 1887 Company with the combined £530 million refinancing of their syndicated facilities.

Advised Euro Dinero S.A.R.L. on a £40 million loan connected with the financing of a central London mixed-use property.

Significant clients Lloyds, Aviva, RBS, Santander, John Menzies.

Notable practitioners

Susan Kelly enjoys an excellent reputation for handling significant corporate lending, including acquisition finance and refinancing. "She's very good and really stands out at the firm," remarks an interviewee.

Aberdeen-based Stuart Fitzsimmons acts across Scotland on sizeable energy sector project financings and funded acquisitions. One source says: "Stuart is an approachable and commercial lawyer who also retains a keen eye for detail."

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Respected team of banking lawyers with notable strength across a broad range of financing matters. Particularly skilled in handling complex securitisation. Areas of sector expertise include energy, real estate and infrastructure. Clients include commercial banks, investment banks and asset managers.

Strengths Clients say: "They offer high-quality technical capability and inspire a significant level of trust in the senior members of the team. They are commercial and pragmatic and clearly understand our requirements as a client."

Sources note: "The team works exceptionally well, and this covers partners through to associates."

Work highlights Advised UK Green Investment Bank on providing a £10.2 million green loan to Kent County Council for replacing streetlights with LED alternatives.

Represented Bank of Scotland and HM Treasury in relation to an £86 million guaranteed revolving loan note facility to Countesswells Development, a subsidiary of Stewart Milne involved in an infrastructure and housing project in Aberdeen.

Significant clients Clydesdale Bank, GE Capital, NORD/LB, HSBC, Scottish Enterprise.

Notable practitioners

Consultant Graham Burnside has a wealth of experience handling complicated securitisation mandates for major lenders. He is also respected for his structured finance and debt market work.

Andrew Kinnes is an Edinburgh-based finance partner, notably active in the housing sector and in the salmon industry. He advises borrowers and lenders on development financing and asset-based lending.

Hamish Patrick has a well-regarded banking practice, and is particularly strong in securitisation. One commentator says: "I rate him very highly. His work is great, on time and on budget."

About the Team (content provided by Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP)

Drawing on the skills of our multidisciplinary specialists, our team of dedicated finance and banking lawyers has genuine UK-wide capability and the largest team in Scotland. Serviced by our teams in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, we advise on a wide range of finance related matters. Combined with our size, our depth of expertise and experience gives us the ability to provide responsive, practical advice tailored to our clients’ business objectives.

Acting for a wide range of banks, financial institutions, corporate borrowers and sponsors, our financial lawyers are experts in:

  • Asset and Receivables Finance​
  • Corporate and Commercial Banking
  • Debt Capital Markets and Securitisation
  • Financial Products and Services
  • Islamic Finance
  • Leveraged Finance
  • Loan Book Trading 
  • Project Finance and Infrastructure
  • Property Finance

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Working with a range of borrower and lender clients on complex transactions. Recognised for its work on acquisitions, structured and real estate finance. Key sector specialisms in shipping, housing and hotels.

Strengths Clients say: "They are flexible and very responsive, with a high attention to detail. They match this high-quality expertise with being personally extremely pleasant to work with."

"They understand our internal processes, and they facilitate a smooth process for us. They are commercial and partner-led, of course. The main thing is that they take the pain out of the process," say clients.

Work highlights Advised Bank of Scotland on providing facilities to Sterling Furniture Group to finance the acquisition of Forrest Furnishings.

Acted for Route Finance in structuring £2.5 million in funding for the development of student accommodation.

Significant clients Clydesdale Bank, RBS, HSBC, Santander, Lloyds.

Notable practitioners

Euan Cluness wins plaudits from clients for being "a commercial and personable lawyer who is able to put himself in the position of the lender when providing advice." He handles a range of acquisition finance, asset-based lending and refinancing.

Edinburgh-based Tom Speirs regularly represents international banks on property and healthcare finance. A client notes: "He offers excellent all-round knowledge. He's very proactive and has a great work rate. He's fast and very responsive."

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Please visit the Addleshaw Goddard website to find out more about our work in this area: https://www.addleshawgoddard.com/en/specialisms/finance/


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DLA Piper Scotland LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Offers sophisticated advice across a wide range of banking and finance matters, including project finance and real estate finance. Clients benefit from its global network which enables the team to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters. Active in handling complex debt funding and acquisition finance mandates.

Strengths Clients say: "They are responsive and provide good, pragmatic advice."

Work highlights Acted for RBS Invoice Finance with Bank of Scotland on the provision of a £60 million asset-based lending package to Ian Macleod Distillers.

Advised Ares Management as lenders on the £217 million acquisition of Dobbies Garden Centres by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital.

Significant clients Oak North Bank, Aviva Annuity, Barclays Bank, Blue Energy, Clydesdale Bank.

Notable practitioners

Head of finance and projects in Scotland, Stuart McMillan specialises in funding development, as well as asset-based financing. "He does some really good project finance work," say impressed sources.

David Morton advises borrowers and lenders on transactions in a broad range of sectors. He handles high-profile acquisition finance and corporate lending from Edinburgh.

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DWF LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Strong reputation for its advice to both borrowers and lenders in corporate banking work. Maintains a strong focus on real estate finance. Increasingly active in the financing of renewable energy projects.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm has been very reliable with a consistent commitment to helping our clients meet their goals."

Work highlights Advised Squarestone Growth on its £30 million term loan facilities from RBS, used to refinance existing loans and fund acquisitions.

Assisted Santander with an £11.55 million refinancing of a group of Guernsey-incorporated SPVs.

Significant clients Lloyds, Unity Trust Bank, Bladnoch Distillery, Close Property Finance, Arena Investors.

Notable practitioners

Department head Grant Docherty is a key contact for the team.

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Harper Macleod LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Lerwick, Thurso

What the team is known for Frequently advises both lenders and borrowers, and notable for its work with intercreditor issues and crowd funding. Strong real estate and acquisition financing practice, with further capabilities in project finance and debt restructuring. Offers expertise in a variety of industries, including healthcare, social housing and agriculture.

Strengths Clients say: "The team has an abundance of experience, legal credentials and sector experience, and seeks to provide bespoke solutions."

Sources highlight: "They are a very flexible, responsive and cost-effective team with a broad range of knowledge and experience."

Work highlights Advised Archover on the provision of a £1.8 million debt purchase facility and £500,000 term loan to Duradiamond Healthcare.

Represented Clydesdale Bank in financing the development of the Sociach Hydro Scheme in Oban by Ardtornish Estate Company.

Significant clients Bank of Scotland, Allied Irish Banks, Genesis Renewable Energy, Atom Bank, The Bridgecrowd.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Tony Cameron wins plaudits from clients, with one saying: "He's very astute with attention to detail, and very commercially savvy." He represents lenders and borrowers in corporate banking and acquisition finance.

About the Team (content provided by Harper Macleod LLP)

We are trusted advisers to both banks and borrowers, providing specialist legal advice on banking and finance issues across all sectors.

We act for most of the main funders active in the UK market, including the biggest international banks, mezzanine funders and crowdfunding lenders. A significant portion of our work involves advising non funder clients in relation to their interaction with banks and financial institutions. We are trusted advisers to many of the firm’s clients, from SMEs to large corporates, on all banking and finance issues that arise in their businesses.

Our specialists work with funders and businesses at all stages in the economic cycle, from start-up through to specific transactions and from ongoing trading issues to turnaround and restructuring. Our firm is regarded as one of Scotland's leading dealmakers with extensive corporate mergers and acquisitions experience. Much of our work has multi-jurisdictional aspects and we often work with legal firms across the world in structuring and completing banking and finance transactions.

We are adept at project managing transactions to make the process as straightforward as possible for our clients and are focused on driving deals forward to ensure that we deliver the best outcome possible in the desired timescale.

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MacRoberts LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Strong practice recognised for its capabilities in corporate banking and real estate finance. Noted for its experience in development funding and refinancing. Acts for prominent lenders and Scottish corporate borrowers.

Strengths A client says: "I'm happy to sing their praises, I rate them very highly. They are good and proactive."

Another adds: "They did a very good job. I would use them again in the future; they were very capable and delivered for me."

Work highlights Represented The Scottish Salmon Company in its refinancing with Bank of Scotland.

Assisted Santander with providing facilities to A&J Stephen Group for re-bank to Santander.

Significant clients RBS, Peel Ports Group, Barclays, Formation Capital, Legal & General Pensions.

Notable practitioners

Norman Martin is well regarded in the market for corporate lending and refinancing. "He took the time to work with us and really sorted out the deal," notes one client.

About the Team (content provided by MacRoberts LLP)

Our Banking & Finance team is one of the largest in Scotland, advising clients across the entire spectrum of financial services in Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally. Our clients benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of our team, with particular market-leading expertise and strength in depth in areas such as corporate banking, real estate finance, project finance and loan sales. We’ve won places on panels of all the main banking players and work with the majority of leading banks active in the Scottish market.

Key strengths include:

  • Market-leading expertise and practitioners offering partner-led finance services across main financing markets in Scotland of (a) corporate banking, (b) real estate finance and (c) project finance with strength in depth in key areas.
  • Strong and growing London referral business
  • Exceptional project finance capability/experience.
  • Extensive bank panel appointments, we are in the unique position of being on the panel for all the main UK banks.
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  • Acknowledged expertise in loan-book sales
  • Excellent strength in enforcement scenarios/work-outs particularly involving real estate assets

Scottish Government panel appointment – most recently renewed in 2015 – resulting in a variety of financing transactions throughout the year.

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Morton Fraser - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Notable for its receivables and asset finance practice. Also experienced in advising a range of market participants on distressed debt, corporate debt and retail banking matters. Its client list includes a range of UK high street banks.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Meakin advises lenders from Edinburgh, and is well regarded for work in debt financing.

Edinburgh-based Bruce Wood has a wealth of experience advising on complex asset finance transactions. A client describes him as "extremely approachable and highly knowledgeable."

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Anderson Strathern - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Haddington

What the team is known for A well-regarded team of solicitors with notable experience in real estate and energy finance. Acts on behalf of both lenders and borrowers. Maintains strong ties to key financial institutions. Experienced in advising on structured finance and sale of debt.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm possesses very knowledgeable staff who are willing to consider and discuss commercial aspects beyond the pure legal implications."

Work highlights Acted for Apex Hotels in the £29 million financing of the development of a hotel.

Advises Rangers International FC on documenting loans with shareholders and others to provide funding for the club.

Significant clients Lloyds, RBS, Santander, INEOS, Buccleuch Group.

Notable practitioners

Gillian Anderson is a key contact for clients.

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Blackwood Partners - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Aberdeen

What the team is known for Maintains a strong track record in oil and gas sector financing. Demonstrates notable capabilities in acquisition finance and private equity-related transactions. Specialises in advising banks and non-bank lenders on deals in the Aberdeen market.

Strengths Clients say: "They are a fantastic team to work with. Very commercial, practical and concise in their advice. Very approachable and responsive."

One interviewee enthuses: "Their performance continues to be of a high standard - very commercial and supportive."

Work highlights Assisted Scottish Loan Fund with the provision of mezzanine facilities to Highland Network Limited.

Represented Centurion Group in relation to financing aspects of its merger with ATR Group.

Significant clients Clydesdale Bank, HSBC, DNB Bank, SCF Partners, Ashtead Technology.

Notable practitioners

Scott Swankie is highly regarded for his experience advising on corporate lending and debt finance matters. One client states: "He is a very capable and commercial banking lawyer. He understands the client viewpoint, but can also be pragmatic and offer mutually acceptable solutions."

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Known for advising lenders and borrowers on corporate banking transactions and property finance. Maintains its expertise in the social housing, renewables and leisure sectors. Active in handling complex securitisation, refinancing and project funding.

Strengths Clients say: "They're very good, have great transparency and are always willing to support, even at short notice."

Another highlights: "I continue to be very impressed by every dealing that I have with the firm; the staff that I interact with are all very professional and efficient."

Work highlights Advised Coutts & Co on taking £6 million security over a warehouse in Bellshill.

Acted for Bank of Scotland in connection with funding for a firm of civil engineers.

Significant clients Lloyds, RBS, Nationwide, Triodos Bank, Close Brothers.

Notable practitioners

Glasgow-based Nicolas McBride is described by impressed clients as "commercially aware and client-centric." Property and development financing are key areas of his practice.

About the Team (content provided by BTO Solicitors LLP)

We advise lenders (UK clearing/boutique banks, European and ethical banks, venture capital providers, investors, syndicated lenders and other public and private funders) and borrowers. Working out of Glasgow and Edinburgh we are panel solicitors for major clearing banks and specialist lenders.

We advise on transactions covering all aspects of corporate and property banking work, no matter the complexity/value, across all sectors. These include corporate finance transactions, with extensive experience in venture capital and commercial funding contracts; complex finance and restructuring exercises; and acting for clearing banks in their lending transactions to pension schemes. 

Specialisms:

  • Advising developers, funders, insolvency practitioners and borrowers in the leisure and hospitality sector. 
  • “Go-to” firm in the social housing sector and recently advised a housing association seeking a long term loan agreement of £20m through bonds. 
  • Our project finance team is one of the busiest in the country acting for banks lending to wind, hydro and other renewable projects or advising borrowers in their project finance deals. 
  • In terms of ethical and social finance, we are instructed by Triodos Bank NV. 
  • Banks and Insolvency Practitioners regularly seek our advice on their security suites, restructuring matters and recoveries.

We draw on the skills of multidisciplinary specialists to provide our clients with a tailored service and innovative solutions.


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Lindsays - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Berwick

What the team is known for A strong practice with wide-ranging expertise which includes acquisition, project and renewable energy finance. Frequently advises both lenders and borrowers, with a focus on mid-market deals. Noted for frequent activity on real estate financing.

Strengths Clients say: "They take a very pragmatic and forward-thinking way, are very collegiate in their approach, and are always finding issues and solving them."

One interviewee explains: "The team were experienced, professional and had a good depth of resources and skills."

Work highlights Represented Assetz Capital in providing £5.97 million in funding to a company for refinancing and development.

Assisted Clydesdale Bank with granting facilities to Glenuig Hydro Power for the development of a hydroelectric scheme in the north of Scotland.

Significant clients Glenisla Developments, Social Investment Scotland.

Notable practitioners

Gavin Buchan is a key contact for the banking and finance practice.

About the Team (content provided by Lindsays)

Our banking and finance team acts for lenders and borrowers in corporate and structured banking, development and asset finance, acquisition and project finance, secured lending/business banking, private banking, financial distress/insolvency, security reviews and property refinancing.

The team has particular specialism in the real estate finance, property investment and bridging/peer to peer finance markets, as well as a strong agricultural and renewable finance and renewables finance offerings.

They act for some of the country's largest banks, as well as challenger banks, overseas lenders, alternative providers of finance and other financial institutions. They also work with borrowers across a variety of sectors and such clients include companies, developers, family businesses, trusts, universities, healthcare providers and landowners.

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Senior Statesperson

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Consultant Graham Burnside has a wealth of experience handling complicated securitisation mandates for major lenders. He is also respected for his structured finance and debt market work.

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Band 1

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Heaney has a prominent financing practice in the Central Belt, and additional capital markets skills. One client says: "He has a great can-do mentality, and he tries to protect our balance sheet while being innovative. He runs a very tight ship."

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Band 1

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Susan Kelly enjoys an excellent reputation for handling significant corporate lending, including acquisition finance and refinancing. "She's very good and really stands out at the firm," remarks an interviewee.

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Band 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head John Maciver advises on corporate financing deals for a wide range of major clients. "He's quite prominent in the marketplace, and good to be opposite," says one interviewee.

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Band 1

Dickson Minto WS

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin McHale has a long track record working on complex banking transactions and refinancings.

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Caryn Penley is the head of the firm's Scottish banking group. Her practice involved representing leading high street banks in major investments and refinancings, often related to real estate assets.

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Band 2

Dickson Minto WS

From the Chambers UK guide

Edinburgh-based Allan Fraser remains respected for his capabilities in advising on secured lending matters. Commentators highlight that he is "well regarded in leveraged work."

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gillian Frew handles large-scale lending related to infrastructure and renewable power. One client says: "She was particularly impressive and brought commerciality and pragmatism. She had a sense of urgency to get a deal done."

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Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Gordon Hay is widely recognised as an energy finance expert, and is particularly active in the wind project sector. A source describes him as "an effective builder of client relationships."

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Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Glasgow-based Peter Kelly specialises in significant real estate finance transactions, as well as leveraged corporate lending. Clients know him to be an "excellent" practitioner.

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Band 2

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Aberdeen-based John Kennedy regularly acts for borrowers in sizeable lending transactions in the housing and energy sectors.

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Band 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Kinnes is an Edinburgh-based finance partner, notably active in the housing sector and in the salmon industry. He advises borrowers and lenders on development financing and asset-based lending.

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Band 2

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Norman Martin is well regarded in the market for corporate lending and refinancing. "He took the time to work with us and really sorted out the deal," notes one client.

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Band 2

DLA Piper Scotland LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of finance and projects in Scotland, Stuart McMillan specialises in funding development, as well as asset-based financing. "He does some really good project finance work," say impressed sources.

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Band 2

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Meakin advises lenders from Edinburgh, and is well regarded for work in debt financing.

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Band 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Hamish Patrick has a well-regarded banking practice, and is particularly strong in securitisation. One commentator says: "I rate him very highly. His work is great, on time and on budget."

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Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Phillips is praised by a client who says: "He provides great client service, combining technical expertise with a strong commercial awareness. Very responsive and flexible to our needs." He is notably active on refinancings and in the Scottish mortgage-related market.

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Aberdeen-based Richard Scott has a broad practice covering corporate lending and refinancing. A client notes: "Richard has a very good manner and interpersonal skills in his dealing with us. This assists his very thorough technical knowledge and efficient management of cases."

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Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Bruce Stephen advises an impressive roster of banks on corporate funding and real estate finance. "Bruce is very helpful; he offers a pragmatic approach along with a strong understanding of the legal issues and is very much solution-driven," says a client.

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Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Stoneham is head of the energy and infrastructure group, and described by sources as "very much focused on project finance, and he knows the area well." He is also experienced with public bond issuances.

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Band 2

Blackwood Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Scott Swankie is highly regarded for his experience advising on corporate lending and debt finance matters. One client states: "He is a very capable and commercial banking lawyer. He understands the client viewpoint, but can also be pragmatic and offer mutually acceptable solutions."

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Watson is head of the firm's finance and projects group. He maintains a strong reputation for expertise advising on project financing from Edinburgh.

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Band 2

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Edinburgh-based Bruce Wood has a wealth of experience advising on complex asset finance transactions. A client describes him as "extremely approachable and highly knowledgeable."

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Band 3

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Department co-head Tony Cameron wins plaudits from clients, with one saying: "He's very astute with attention to detail, and very commercially savvy." He represents lenders and borrowers in corporate banking and acquisition finance.

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Band 3

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Euan Cluness wins plaudits from clients for being "a commercial and personable lawyer who is able to put himself in the position of the lender when providing advice." He handles a range of acquisition finance, asset-based lending and refinancing.

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Band 3

Stuart Fitzsimmons

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Aberdeen-based Stuart Fitzsimmons acts across Scotland on sizeable energy sector project financings and funded acquisitions. One source says: "Stuart is an approachable and commercial lawyer who also retains a keen eye for detail."

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Alan Fulton is well regarded for his activity as lenders' counsel, advising on corporate finance mandates. He has experience advising on re-bank transactions in key sectors of the Scottish market.

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Band 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Edinburgh-based Iain Macaulay is well known for his expertise in project finance. He is mainly active in the oil and gas sector, acting for lenders and borrowers.

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Band 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Glasgow-based Nicolas McBride is described by impressed clients as "commercially aware and client-centric." Property and development financing are key areas of his practice.

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Band 3

DLA Piper Scotland LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Morton advises borrowers and lenders on transactions in a broad range of sectors. He handles high-profile acquisition finance and corporate lending from Edinburgh.

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Based in Aberdeen, Dawn Reoch is lauded for her involvement in major cross-border financings. A client enthuses: "She is extremely client-friendly, technically superb and displays good commerciality. She's just incredibly diligent and always goes the extra mile."

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Band 3

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Aberdeen-based Neal Richardson is an experienced and versatile lenders' counsel. One client notes: "Neal is extremely efficient and has very strong attention to detail. He is able to act commercially and I feel we have a strong personal connection which adds value to the overall relationship."

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Band 3

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Edinburgh-based Tom Speirs regularly represents international banks on property and healthcare finance. A client notes: "He offers excellent all-round knowledge. He's very proactive and has a great work rate. He's fast and very responsive."

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Associates to watch

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Sheelagh Cooley of Shoosmiths LLP is particularly popular with clients, with one describing her as "a very commercial individual who gets on with deals and is very personable." She remains active advising banks on development and real estate finance.

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