Banking And Finance

Banking And Finance

We believe in a commercially focused, pragmatic, approach to advising our banking and finance clients and sound market knowledge underlies all of the guidance we give. We consider that identifying issues early on is key to providing our clients with efficient, reliable and practical legal advice based upon astute commercial awareness.

Our expertise spans a variety banking and finance issues. We have acted for a number of leading lenders and we are able to advise companies of all types on their dealings with lenders. We also advise a variety of corporations (international corporations, family businesses, charities, trusts and developers) on all aspects of their relationships with lending entities.

We advise on the following matters:

  • Corporate lending;
  • Asset/property finance;
  • Project finance;
  • Corporate debt management;
  • Corporate banking;
  • Property acquisition and
  • investment;
  • Insolvency;
  • Restructuring;

Through a network of contacts, we are also able to assist in raising finance.
If you wish to speak to a member of our Banking and Finance Team then please contact us

  • Morning Docket: 12.08.22 – Above the Law

    Amy Wax * Enrollment in Amy Wax’s classes is dropping. Haha Bozo. [The DP] * What? Companies may have to actually moderate the content they host? [Yahoo!] * Considering a state job? You might not be as able to keep up on those new dancing trends… [CBS News] * The Swiftie to Sherman Act enforcer pipeline is a strange one. [Business Insider] Chris Williams became a social media manager and assistant editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the staff, he moonlighted as a minor Memelord™ in the Facebook group Law School Memes for Edgy T14s.  He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He is a former boatbuilder who cannot swim, a published author on critical race theory, philosophy, and humor, and has a love for cycling that occasionally annoys his peers. You can reach him by email at cwilliams@abovethelaw.com and by tweet at @WritesForRent.
  • Conservatives On Supreme Court Very Worried That OTHER Courts Might Be Too Political — See Also

    Maybe We Will Have A 2024 Election: Sam Alito fears some supreme court somewhere might become too political. Meanwhile, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson distilled today's independent state legislature case down to various versions of this question and Alito's crew seemed to have no answer. Paragraph One Of The Complaint: When Elon...
  • Partnerships At This Biglaw Firm Have Taken A Hit – Above the Law

    Ed. Note: Welcome to our daily feature Trivia Question of the Day! According to reporting by Law.com, of the the 26 Am Law 100 firms that have already announced their 2023 partnership class, which firm’s partner class has shrunk the most when compared with the 2022 partnership class? Hint: Partner promotions are down 54 percent at this firm, with most of the reductions from the M&A, intellectual property, and capital markets practice areas. See the answer on the next page. 1 2Next »
  • Remember All Those Times Trump’s Lawyers Swore He Wasn’t Hiding Any More Classified Docs? Ummm, About That … – Above the Law

    (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Donald Trump is the world’s worst client. That’s it, that’s the tweet. The former president never follows advice of counsel; surrounds himself with sycophants who encourage his worst impulses; regularly confesses to crimes on social media; and demands that his attorneys embarrass themselves with insane arguments if not outright lies to the court. And today’s orgy of clusterfuckery in an attempt to bury some very BAD FACTS for Trump’s legal team is a perfect illustration of this iron law. This morning, the Washington Post reported that Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the US District Court of DC told Trump’s legal team to go back and search more to ensure that the former president wasn’t storing additional classified documents in his pool locker or anywhere else. Attorney Chris Kise, the former Florida solicitor general who found himself sidelined from the Mar-a-Lago documents case after advising his client to turn the temperature down and just give the government back its stuff, finally succeeded in convincing the Trump team to hire an outside firm to scour his properties for anything that belongs to Uncle Sam. After a search of Trump Tower in New York and his golf club in Bedminster, Trump received a clean bill of health, the Post informed us at 5am. And that was true, strictly speaking. But it wasn’t complete, as later reporting from the New York Times and CNN confirmed. In fact, four properties were searched, including a storage unit in West Palm Beach, Florida where the team found two additional documents bearing classified markings. Oopsies! This puts Trump’s attorneys Jim Trusty, Timothy Parlatore, and Evan Corcoran, who are handling the dispute over the wrongfully retained documents, in an awkward position. Because they spent close to a year, first attesting that there were no documents retained before the FBI executed the warrant, and afterward touting both their client’s exquisite cooperation with the DOJ and the completeness of their own subsequent search for additional documents. All of which turned out to be … less than wholly accurate. Kinda like that declaration Corcoran drafted and had attorney Christina Bobb sign in June, pinky swearing that a diligent search had been conducted and there were no more classified documents to be found at Mar-a-Lago. Meanwhile, other attorneys in Trumpland appear to have gotten the message that they need to run not walk away from whatever’s coming down the pike from Special Counsel Jack Smith, particularly in light of the Eleventh Circuit dropkicking Judge Aileen Cannon’s special master order. Both the Times and the Post, which eventually went back to its sources and confirmed the other two searches conspicuously left out of its earlier reporting, quote sources familiar with the thinking of former Trumpland lawyer Alex Cannon, who refused to sign on to a statement dictated by Trump in February attesting that all classified documents had been returned to the government. (Hey, Christina Bobb!) The Times reports that Cannon was so worried about the presence of possibly classified documents that he “warned others in Mr. Trump’s circle not to go through the boxes themselves because it was unclear what was in them, and people might require security clearances.” (Hey, Jack Smith!) In summary and in conclusion, there’s a reason Trump has trouble hiring competent counsel. And there’s a reason that so many of his former lawyers wind up on the pointy end of subpoenas and bar complaints. And that reason is Donald J. Trump. Items with classified markings found at Trump storage unit in Florida [WaPo] Classified Documents Found in Trump Search of Storage Site [NYT] Trump team finds two documents with classified markings in a Florida storage unit [CNN] Liz Dye lives in Baltimore where she writes about law and politics. Topics Alex Cannon, Beryl Howell, Chris Kise, Christina Bobb, Crime, Donald Trump, Evan Corcoran, Government, Jack Smith, Jim Trusty, Timothy Parlatore
  • Still Looking For Elon’s Twitter Competence? I’m Sorry To Share This With You… – Above the Law

    (Photo by Diego Donamaria/Getty Images for SXSW) In a very rare ‘W’ for Elon, he gave some great career advice to young people: Don’t be a leader just for the sake of being a leader. And he’s right! An often neglected part of leading is knowing how to follow. In what way, you might ask? Any competent member of the C suite knows you can’t do it all by yourself — delegating matters to competent employees capable of handling them can make or break a company. Considering that Elon just fired Deputy GC Jim Baker for “doing his job,” things aren’t looking too great over there. JUST IN: Elon Musk just fired Twitter’s Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker for suppressing information. Elon is making Twitter great again. — Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 6, 2022 Let’s get into the details of the “Greatness,” shall we? According to the Daily News, here’s what happened: The Baker tweet came in reply to an accusation from journalist Matt Taibbi saying the attorney sought to leave Twitter’s new management out of vetting info about the [Hunter Biden] laptop story…To the chagrin of many conservatives, some reporting about the laptop was not allowed to be shared on Twitter in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election.Before being hired as deputy general counsel at Twitter, Baker was a FBI lawyer under former Director James Comey during the bureau’s probe of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.Musk tweeted Tuesday that he questioned Baker about his actions and found “His explanation was… unconvincing. But here’s the thing: Baker was literally just doing his job! The legal department is there to shield the company from risks like, as a random example, knowingly posting hacked dick pics. Despite this amounting to an in-house lawyer doing in-house lawyer things, the conspiracy theories started flying. In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 6, 2022 Putting aside again whether or not dick pics are “important to the public dialogue,” people have been using the bird app to point out that Elon has a lot of egg on his face even if these conspiracies were real. Late to this but the funniest part to me is that Elon Musk, who owns and fully controls Twitter and has fired over half the staff, apparently had no idea up until this moment that his top remaining lawyer was Jim Baker? And somehow that’s supposed to be Baker’s fault? https://t.co/uqqVPv5LNu — Will Oremus (@WillOremus) December 7, 2022 Yes! Elon suggests that Baker’s involvement — the DEPUTY GC — was new information to him: …But the internet doesn’t forget — he seemed to be somewhat aware Jim Baker’s general existence as early as April: Musk’s surprise was so grandiose in fact that the only way he could respond when Baker explained his job was to give him the boot: This isn't an exaggeration, it's literally what happened: on Sunday, Musk & friends "discovered" Twitter's deputy general counsel. He's been there since June 2020; his last job was general counsel at the FBI. Musk confronted him and he tried explaining what deputy GCs do. Fired. https://t.co/tKqSK8zhlr pic.twitter.com/3JwLi1jKxf — Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) December 7, 2022 The C suite skill that goes hand in hand with the delegation mentioned above? Being well informed. Considering that Elon was willing to raise a kerfuffle over the number of fake Twitter users, you’d think he’d also have the mind to check on who filled ANY of the important roles at the company he planned spending billions of dollars purchasing? Right? That seems like the common sense thing to do here. Then again, I also place importance on knowing the general layout and mechanics of things I plan on dedicating a significant portion of my life to. Elon does not do this. I know this based on his public unveiling of his car’s safety capabilities and his Elden Ring build. Really? Two medium shields?! This decision is likely to bite Musk in the ass if any legal Twitter fallout comes home to roost. Corporate compliance was not my forte in law school, but it seems like booting internal legal for trying to make sure that dumb, potentially actionable things don’t happen could make it a little harder to claim in court that the company acted responsibly. I’d imagine Elon’s “hardcore lawyers” would have great difficulty proving that King Twit acted in good faith when evidence of him firing all his company’s checks and balances to “own the libs” is plastered all over the internet. Surely tweets can get deleted, like how Elon deleted his own tweets when he fired Eric Frohnhoefer for answering the question Musk asked of him, but screenshots shall live on. I’m sure Elon would like to go down in history as altruist par excellence. But in my mind, I’ll always remember him as the guy who fired a FORMER FBI ATTORNEY because his commitment to proving “We Have The Meats!” to Trump & Co. would make the average Arby’s employee look like a vegan. Twitter Lawyer Jim Baker Fired Over ‘Suppression Of Information,’ Elon Musk Says [NY Daily News] Chris Williams became a social media manager and assistant editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the staff, he moonlighted as a minor Memelord™ in the Facebook group Law School Memes for Edgy T14s.  He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He is a former boatbuilder who cannot swim, a published author on critical race theory, philosophy, and humor, and has a love for cycling that occasionally annoys his peers. You can reach him by email at cwilliams@abovethelaw.com and by tweet at @WritesForRent.