The Banking & Finance Group is split into three teams:
The Group offers advice on all aspects of banking and finance with an increasing emphasis in 2015 on property finance transactions. The Group has strong relationships with a number of higher education institutions as well as notable retail banking groups.
The Group certainly finds itself on the region’s highest profile deals and is the “go to team” for Santander UK plc’s highest profile deals, e.g. Home Grown Hotels Limited, Haskins Garden Centres Limited and Vislink plc.
Notable clients are Santander UK plc, Lloyds Bank plc and developers such as Drew Smith Homes Limited and Alfred Homes Limited. James McNeil is the lead partner who has a reputation for delivering transactions on time and is known for his commerciality.
In 2015 alone, the Group has advised on over £300m worth of debt finance (ranging from acquisition and asset finance to project and property finance transactions), involving a variety of deal values across a wide range of market sectors.
The team is focused on delivering a service which is:
The team advises on a wide range of issues including:
We advise on all issues which may arise including the drafting and negotiation of loan and security documentation, intercreditor arrangements, release of existing security and review of existing loan and security documentation.
The team’s clients include:
We also act for:
James not only has excellent expertise but is very commercially minded and always determined to secure the right result. His ability to resolve issues laterally leads to swift solutions.
- Mike Donaldson, Santander UK Plc
“This practice is well equipped to handle acquisition, construction, real estate and corporate finance for both borrowers and lenders. On the corporate finance side, the team is noted for its particular expertise in MBOs…James McNeil comes recommended for his expertise in leveraged finance and real estate finance, and is the firm’s relationship partner for major lender clients.”
- Independent legal directory Chamber & Partners
Paris Smith LLP has noted a substantial uptick in instructions to handle property financing. The ‘very good’ James McNeil leads the team, which advises clients including Santander, Lloyds Bank and Alfred Homes.
- Legal 500 2016
“Paris Smith LLP’s ‘high-quality’ team is led by the ‘thorough, proactive’ James McNeil, and in 2014 advised lenders and borrowers, including Santander, on a steady flow of transactions, with Stuart Allen particularly active in real estate finance.”
- Legal 500
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