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What We Do

With vast experience of working on both sides of banking and finance transactions, our teams offer a commercially-focussed and efficient service. We pride ourselves on having the foresight to identify problems quickly and the ability to design workable solutions for our clients.

Our Banking and Finance team has partners in London, Gatwick, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham; and the teams have real insight into regional differences.

We can help with the negotiation and renegotiation of credit lines and other corporate banking facilities. As well as this we undertake a range of work for both lenders and borrowers, from relatively small bilateral loans, up to complex high-value cross-border financings and restructurings.

The team advises in areas such as:

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

We focus on our client’s needs and commercial awareness underpins everything we do – our aim is to make deals happen, not find reasons why they can’t.

We advise many major commercial lenders including: Santander, HSBC, RBS/NatWest,  Lloyds Banking Group, Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland,  Deutsche Hypo, Macquarie Bank, Svenska Handelsbanken, ABN Amro Commercial Finance, Investec, Metro Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India, Union Bank of India, Yorkshire Bank, Wells Fargo, Centric Commercial Finance and Close Brothers.

We also advise specialist debt funds such as ICG-Longbow and Lone Star as well as borrowers including, Prestbury, Max Property Group, Castleforge (formerly Mercer Real Estate), Vantage Asset Management and the Mansion Student Accommodation Fund.

Recent Banking And Finance Work

  • HSBC Bank plc: we have provided advice on a range of development and investment transactions. Recent highlights include a £39,516,000 investment facility for the acquisition of a shopping centre in Reading and a c.£33 million high end residential redevelopment in central London.
  • Castleforge: we advised on the acquisition of Mitre House, London EC1 and negotiated the pre-letting to DLA Piper UK LLP. We subsequently worked with our client to secure £108m of development financing for the property, provided by Deutsche Bank.
  • Mansion Student Accommodation Fund: we advised on banking arrangements for this Guernsey OEIC, a protected cell company listed on the Channel Islands Securities Exchange. The firm has advised the Fund on a variety of debt finance transactions, involving total facilities of c£200m, including syndicated senior debt, bilateral loans with a number of clearing banks and bridging finance.
  • ABN: we advised on their provision of a £15m “off balance sheet” receivables financing facility to an automated vending machine business to mirror a similar facility being provided by an overseas financier within the asset based lender’s group.
  • Two new-start challenger “SME” focussed supply chain financiers: we have advised on their entry into the UK marketplace, including drafting all their standard facility and security documentation.


Legal 500 Leading Firm 2016

"They are very commercial and reasonable and built on value for money and quality of service." They offer "pragmatic thinking, a flexible approach and quick response times." - Chambers & Partners, 2018

"Headed by Andrew Watson, Irwin Mitchell provides ‘an exceptional and cost-effective service’ to traditional and challenger banks including HSBC, Metro Bank and Shawbrook Bank." - Legal 500, 2016

Irwin Mitchell delivers "a very high level of service" and has "very good knowledge across the ABL market." - Legal 500, 2016

"Recognised for its strength across the full spectrum of asset-based lending matters." Chambers & Partners, 2016

"They are proactive and very commercial as well. They will chase and make sure things get over the line, which is important in the current market." - Chambers & Partners, 2015

"Knowledgeable, friendly and approachable." - Legal 500, 2015

Banking & Finance

  • Corporate Banking
    We help lenders, borrowers and sponsors in the corporate lending sector. Our services include drafting, negotiating and advising on a variety of agreements.
  • Funds
    Our Funds team acts for investors, fund managers and promoters in respect of formation, structuring, regulatory compliance and management.
  • Leveraged & Acquisition Finance
    Our Finance team acts for banks and borrowers in respect of the various debt facility arrangements appropriate to corporate transactions.
  • Real Estate Finance
    Our Real Estate Finance team provides a full service offering and advises on all aspects of real estate finance work including investment and development finance, structured finance, refinancing, restructuring and mezzanine finance.
  • Receivables Finance & Asset Based Lending
    We act for most of the main asset based lenders and regularly are invited to speak at industry conferences and to provide training.
  • Supplier Finance
    Our expert supplier finance team can help businesses of all sizes, across the supply chain, as well as banks and asset based lenders.

For more information on Banking & Finance

If you are interested in understanding how Irwin Mitchell can help you with your Banking & Finance work then please contact Andrew Watson (Partner) on +44 (0)207 421 3965 , or send us an email.

For general enquiries

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Key Contact

Andrew Watson