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At the forefront of financings across the globe


As an international banking and finance practice, we are in the unique position to monitor trends and work with our clients to address the impact the current world crisis is having on financial transactions.

Our legal team are monitoring the trends and impact from locations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa, offering top-tier technical excellence and commercial acumen that is underpinned with humanity.

  • We are providing up to date, jurisdictionally relevant advice to borrowers, lenders, advisers and other market participants on all forms of financings. Our market-leading position allows us to help you see your way through the current crisis to develop strategies facilitating a return to business as usual in the months to come.
  • Our team are continuing to advise high-profile clients on cutting edge transactions. The deals we are entrusted with are generally characterised by a high degree of complexity, including novel structures and cross-border elements.
  • We have a strong emerging markets focus, excelling on complex financings across Africa, Russia/CIS, the Middle East, Asia Pacific including India, South America and Eastern Europe.
  • We are regarded as one of the 'go-to' firms in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure space with a track record of advising on some of the most complex project financings across the world.

For our clients, our strong global footprint is paramount to achieving the quick, efficient and ground-breaking results that they require. They value our drive for success and the commercial perspective we bring to each transaction, supporting them through each deal's lifecycle.

Recent Experience

Adani Group

Advising on the A$1.25 billion refinancing of the Abbot Point X50 Coal Terminal (the APCT) on the central coast of Queensland, sounding the entry of the world’s largest project finance sponsor into the Australian project finance debt market

Seven West Media

Advising on new credit facilities with 12 international lenders worth A$2.075 billion which will be used to refinance all its existing facilities 

Essar Energy plc and Essar Oil (UK) Limited

Advising in relation to the acquisition financing of the Stanlow oil refinery; the transaction required the combined use of an up to US$500 million bridge facility and an up to US$2 billion borrowing base facility which was used to finance the purchase of inventory and for on-going working capital

Shtokman Development AG

Advising on the project financing of the Shtokman Field gas, LNG and condensate project in Russia located in the Russian sector of the Barents Sea above the Arctic Circle; one of the largest project finance energy transactions in the world


Advising on the £5.2 billion facilities for its proposed acquisition of the ISS group

ANZ, National Australia Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Advising on the US$950 million syndicated master finance lease of mining equipment for Fortescue Metals Group. This is the largest syndicated mining equipment lease financing transaction completed in Australia (CFO Capital Awards Syndicated Loan of the Year)

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