In utilising debt finance, financial institutions face regulatory and administrative constraints that can make it difficult to align the interests of lenders, borrowers and other interested parties. Our Financial Institutions Lending team acts for banks, alternative lenders, insurers, brokers, private equity houses, fund managers and pension funds to implement funding structures that fit in with their business goals.
We use our legal, commercial and technical know-how to structure and document complex debt finance transactions in these highly regulated markets, calling on the expertise of colleagues within the UK and the CMS international network in specialisms such as taxation and regulation.
Our lawyers advise on facilities agreements, security and guarantee documentation and intercreditor arrangements in the financial institutions area. They engage globally with our corporate funds, insurance, consumer credit, taxation, financial regulation, infrastructure, real estate and other teams which bring to bear their specific sector expertise in satisfying lenders’ requirements regarding underlying agreements, reports, legal opinions and further documentation.
As a consequence, our work on specialist transactions such as investor call bridge and subscription facilities, double leverage financings, co-investment facilities and funds at Lloyd’s’ transactions, in addition to more usual liquidity and acquisition financings, is well known in financial institutions lending markets in which we have grown solid, long-standing relationships with clients who consistently turn to us for advice.