During these difficult and unprecedented times, please rest assured that the banking & finance team at Paris Smith are still available to support you and your business, should you need us. Whether you are an existing client or somebody who needs assistance for the first time, we can still meet or speak with you via Skype, Facetime or other video conferencing facilities.
For more information, please call either the head of our banking and finance department, James McNeil on 023 8048 2108 or 0771 782 6602 or visit our team and individual lawyers’ pages for our contact details
The Banking & Finance department boasts an established debt finance practice with a sizable team of experienced banking and finance lawyers in Southampton and Winchester. In 2019, the team acted on matters involving in excess of £850m of debt.
The department advises on all manner of debt finance transactions (including acquisition, project, property and asset finance) and general corporate banking matters, whether on a bilateral or syndicated basis and across all layers of the capital stack.
The department has strong relationships with national banking groups, large corporates and a number of higher education institutions. Notable clients are Santander UK plc, National Westminster Bank plc, Metro Bank plc, Handelsbanken plc, Haskins Garden Centres Limited, Yacht Havens Limited and developers such as Reilly Group, Doswell Projects, Ocea Life, Alfred Homes Limited and Aventier Limited. The department also services large retail and leisure clients, such as Yacht Havens Limited and the Ageas Bowl/Hampshire Cricket. In addition, the department is legal provider to a number of very active challenger banks, such as InterBay Funding Ltd and Hampshire Trust Bank PLC, Axis Bank UK Ltd and Proplend Ltd.
The department has deservedly acquired a reputation for “punching above its weight”. It certainly finds itself on the region’s highest profile deals and is often the “go to team” for the regional offices of national banks. The department is also building a strong reputation among challenger banks operating at the interface of property and corporate finance, and recent mandates from new clients such as Proseed Capital and Castle Trust Capital plc are testament to its knowhow and reputation in this sector.
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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