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Dean Gormley



Dean is a partner in our national Banking and Finance team. Dean has extensive experience of advising on banking and debt finance transaction across a wide range of sectors. He regularly advises the corporate real estate finance teams of major lenders on transactions and also acts for funds and other investors on real estate lending, restructuring and work-out deals.

He acts on corporate banking and leveraged finance transactions, advising borrowers, sponsors and lenders. He has particular expertise in cross border transactions and complex financing structures.

Dean also advises on syndicated and club financings and has experience of advising on transactions involving more complex structures such as senior notes and super senior facilities, conduit and securitised loans.

His clients include HSBC and HSBC Invoice Finance, Lloyds Bank and Lloyds Commercial Finance, NatWest, RBS, Santander, Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, ABN AMRO Commercial Finance and Handelsbanken.

Recent highlights:

  • Advised on the $25m management buyout (MBO) of Spear & Jackson. Global transaction deal involving financing arrangements in the UK, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, across the group of manufacturing and engineering businesses with operations in the UK, Asia, Europe and North America.
  • Advised on the funding aspects of the £30m scheme for the regeneration of Blackburn town centre with Maple Grove Developments/Eric Wright Group.
  • Acting for ABN AMRO on the management buy-out of Pulse Flexible Packaging, a major innovative converter of flexible and specialty rigid packaging.
  • Advised a UK high street bank on the provision of a £20m revolving credit facility to a FTSE listed house-builder and regeneration specialist.
  • Advising the Mansion Student Accommodation fund on a series of debt facilities with banks, debt funds and other lenders, raising more than £150m.

Market view:

"Very efficient, very knowledgeable and thinks laterally." – Chambers & Partners, 2018

A "sound operator who is very commercial," and a "quick and easy solution finder." – Chambers & Partners, 2017

Irwin Mitchell’s "knowledgeable, friendly and approachable" team includes the "fantastic" Dean Gormley, who is also "highly rated" – Legal 500, 2015

“Very commercial, always available and very responsive." –Chambers & Partners, 2015

One client reports: "He gave well-rounded advice and was very commercial and pragmatic in getting deals done without compromising my position." – Chambers & Partners, 2014

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