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Banking & Finance

Our services

We have an international reputation as one of the leading offshore Banking & Finance practices.

Our expert team advises on the laws of the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey. This international perspective helps us advise clients on which of these jurisdictions is the most appropriate for any given transaction.

Overview

The partners in our Banking & Finance team are highly respected experts in their field, and their practices span the full range of offshore banking and finance work. Our team regularly acts for lenders, borrowers, arrangers, issuers, managers, trustees and other finance parties, and advises 90 per cent of the world's top 50 banks.

We’re renowned for our structured finance and securitisation work, and have a reputation for excelling in the most complex transactions involving offshore law.

We're also regularly appointed as listing sponsor to securities listed on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and The International Stock Exchange.

Expertise

Acquisition & Leveraged Finance

We act for borrowers and financial institutions on large-scale acquisition financings and leveraged financings, covering a broad spectrum of leveraged and collateralised transactions.

Our lawyers have a deep understanding of all types of loans and credit facilities including: bridge facilities; high yield bonds; revolving credit facilities; reserve and other asset-based facilities; second lien loans; senior, mezzanine and subordinated financings; and syndicated term loans.

Asset Finance

We’re regularly engaged by a diverse set of arrangers, banks, non-bank lenders and borrowers on asset-based lending transactions, including aircraft and shipping finance.

Our team has impressive knowledge and experience across a broad range of assets and advises across the lifecycle of transactions, from structuring and negotiation through to restructurings and insolvency.

Debt Capital Markets

Our team advises issuers and underwriters on all types of debt capital markets transactions. Our broad-ranging work includes corporate bonds, convertible and exchangeable bonds, note programmes, tier 1 and hybrid capital issues, equity-linked securities, private placements, warrants, high-yield and Islamic structures.

Derivatives

Our lawyers are highly regarded in the offshore aspects of derivatives and futures contracts. We advise investment management and other end-user and select sell-side clients at every stage of the transaction lifecycle.

Fund Financing

Our cross-practice fund finance team advises open-ended and closed-ended funds established in the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey, as well as bank and non-bank lenders to those funds.

We regularly advise on the structuring and implementation of subscription credit lines, NAV facilities (including hybrid arrangements), GP loans and other fund level leverage and related security arrangements. We often do so in conjunction with leading law firms onshore.

Islamic Financing

We regularly advise on Islamic finance-related transactions including Shari’ah-compliant fund structures and the establishment of special purpose vehicles issuing Sukuk.

We also advise on structuring Murabaha, mudaraba, ijara, wakala and musharaka transactions with entities in our offshore jurisdictions.

Real Estate Finance

Our expert real estate team acts for buyers, lenders, sellers, issuers, sponsors, underwriters and investors in large corporate transactions involving real estate finance.

As well as advising on a range of banking and finance structures and deals in this dynamic area, our lawyers also have a deep knowledge and experience in offering related advice in corporate transactions, property development, leasings and REITS.

Working closely with our integrated governance services team, we can also provide fiduciary and administrative services for real estate investment.

Structured Finance & Securitisation

Our team works with clients on securitisation transactions covering a range of classes and structures, including true sale and synthetic securitisations, cash and synthetic CLOs/CDOs, and standalone and multi-issuer repackaging programmes.

You might also be interested in our Regulatory & Governance services.