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Laura Mitchell

Solicitor

Biography

Laura is a solicitor in our national Banking and Finance team. Laura has experience of a range of commercial transactions acting for borrowers and lenders in a corporate, project, real estate, and acquisition finance context. Laura has also assisted UK and overseas banks seeking to provide finance to UK companies either directly or as part of wider group facilities.

Having acted on new deals and refinances, Laura has specialist knowledge of the renewable energy sector, advising on the financing of wind and hydro developments, in addition to asset financed biomass and CHP schemes.

Laura also has valuable in-house experience following a secondment to a leading UK renewable energy lending team within a major financial institution.

Laura is dual qualified in England and Wales and in Scotland, and regularly advises lender clients on the Scottish aspects of real estate finance and corporate lending transactions.

Recent highlights:

  • Advising family owned and run Swansway in relation to the financing from National Westminster Bank plc and Volkswagen Bank GmbH to assist with the acquisition of Thompson Motor Company which operates three Audi centres in Blackburn, Preston and Carlisle as well as three Volkswagen trade parts specialists operations in the same areas.  The acquisition will support Swansway in having more than 1,100 employees and a turnover in excess of £700 million.
  • Advising Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund in relation to the provision of a new £8,200,000 mezzanine term loan facility for the development of two adjacent 9 storey apartment blocks, 106 parking spaces, landscaping, a public realm and associated infrastructure in Manchester.
  • Advising Santander UK plc in relation to the provision £14,000,000 loan facilities to assist with acquisition of an English boutique hotel group and premium wedding venue.
  • Advising SNH Global Holdings on the $25,000,000 MBO of Spear & Jackson and refinancing. This was a global transaction involving financing arrangements in the UK, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, across a diverse group of manufacturing and engineering businesses with operations in the UK, Asia, Europe and North America.
  • Advising N. M. Rothschild & Sons in relation to the extension of, and amendment to loan facilities provided on a club basis to two property investment vehicles, secured against premium commercial real estate in the UK.
  • Advising the Arora Group as it expanded its airport hotel portfolio by purchasing the Hilton at Gatwick Airport for £45,000,000, with financing from The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, in order to further the group’s strategy to focus on larger assets with greater revenue potential, and to partner with major international brands. With this acquisition, the Arora Group will oversee over 6,364 hotel bedrooms across the 16 hotels in the UK, of which 3,217 bedrooms across eight hotels are operated by Arora Hotels and 1,050 bedrooms across three hotels are under construction.
  • Advising 2Excel Aviation, who deliver bespoke, innovative solutions to difficult problems in the aviation sector by leveraging the skills of its hundred-strong, experienced workforce, in relation to a new £14,850,000 loan facility from Beechbrook Capital.
  • Advising Select Property Group, a Manchester-based developer, retailer and operator of property brands, in relation to credit facilities provided by a prominent debt fund to finance the growth of its award winning student accommodation brand, Vita Student, in Southampton.

Market View:

“Laura is a true professional, and conducts her work diligently and in an organised manner. She quickly assimilated the information relating to our recent corporate transaction and demonstrated a sound knowledge of the banking and finance aspects required.” – ​Client, Business Analysis Director

“Laura's advice and support was invaluable from start to finish, and her hard work, enthusiasm and friendly approach helped bring our deal to a timely close. She managed several parties involved in the deal very well and I would be delighted to work with Laura again in the future.” – Client, Relationship Director of a global bank

“Laura provides excellent service and is always on hand to offer her knowledgeable advice. Laura`s enthusiasm to go the extra mile and support customers through some complex transactions is exceptional to see." – Client, Relationship Manager of the UK division of global bank



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