Banking and finance

Our banking & finance practice covers financial regulatory, transactional and restructuring work.

As part of our financial regulation practice, we provide advice to financial and non-financial sector businesses on the full life-cycle of business and product developments, in both domestic and cross-border contexts including:

  • acquisitions of qualifying holdings
  • the establishment of new financial services businesses, setting up branches and representative offices of financial institutions, and cross-border provision of financial services
  • mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations in the financial services sector
  • the structuring and distribution of new and innovative products for both wholesale and retail markets
  • regulatory capital arrangements
  • regulated outsourcing arrangements
  • market conduct issues
  • anti-money laundering and
  • regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings

In our finance work, we regularly represent lenders and borrowers in structuring, drafting and negotiating loan documentation and collateral security packages (including: pledges over shares, “businesses” and bank accounts, assignments of account/commercial receivables and insurance policies, and mortgages). Our main focus is on leveraged finance and project finance transactions. We advise in: cross-border and domestic, bilateral and syndicated, and secured and unsecured financings and have gained particularly valuable expertise in multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Our financing expertise includes:

  • acquisition and leveraged financing
  • derivatives of various types and forms
  • leasing and asset finance
  • loan finance of all kinds
  • project finance in various sectors
  • securitisations
  • structured products, including arrangements designed to meet specific tax, accounting or regulatory objectives and
  • debt capital markets

Our restructuring experience, gained from participating in a number of high profile restructuring and insolvency cases, including those with a cross-border dimension, covers:

  • restructuring and enforcement of receivables
  • representing lenders, borrowers, or third parties in complex actio pauliana (fraudulent conveyance) disputes
  • structuring, drafting and negotiating arrangements with bank debtors in insolvency proceedings and
  • representing lenders in insolvency proceedings (both liquidation bankruptcy and arrangement bankruptcy)