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Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of a range of sectors and our clients include banks, private equity houses, export credit agencies, lessors, shipowners, airlines, and operators.
Many of our corporate and commercial transactions involve ship finance and energy project financing aspects. We are experts in advising our clients in respect of; secured lending transactions, transactions involving senior and mezzanine funding as well as equity participation, refinancing of existing facilities, and project finance. The corporate team has a particular expertise in equity and debt funding related to real estate transactions.
We have considerable experience in advising clients both in the UK and internationally on raising funds (both equity and debt) and advising on the legal structure and framework for such investment. We regularly advise all sizes of business on bringing in new investment, raising funds and securing growth. Working with our tax colleagues, the corporate team is able to assist with all aspects of corporate finance work including; the optimum structure of any investment including the benefits of debt vs equity, subscription and shareholder agreements and related documentation, joint venture documentation, and shareholder and third party loan arrangements.
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News & insights on Banking & Finance
News / Considerations of a financier in dealing with a problematic financing: A practical guide
The coronavirus pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to our clients, and leaves our clients uncertain as to what actions they can and are entitled to take to best protect their rights in a potential default situation. We are here to help our clients to analyse the situation so they can make an informed decision.
Insights / Covid-19 Economic Stimulus Measures: Too Much of a Good Thing?
Over the past weeks, the UK has witnessed an unprecedented governmental response to counteract the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, from the furloughing scheme, which has now been extended to October, to the ever-expanding government-backed debt financing options. However, concern is mounting over the viability of debt financing as a solution in light of the scale of the challenge that business is confronted with. Last week saw growing discussion of the need for government intervention to support equity financing or other solutions to ensure the viability of businesses going forward.
Insights / Covid-19 – Needs Must: Time to Use Administration to Rescue Companies?
The COVID-19 crisis presents UK businesses with serious challenges, and in many cases will test their continuing viability. The government has set out an unprecedented range of supporting measures in order to assist business through this challenging period. Lockdown measures have in many cases reduced revenue significantly if not to zero in some industry sectors. As the lockdown measures are slowly rolled back the shape of the economic recovery will become apparent. Predictions range from a V to a lazy U shaped recovery. What is clear is that a raft of previously viable businesses will need continued assistance in order to ensure that they are able to continue to trade as the recovery develops.
News / Scottish Court sanctions the Premier Oil Scheme of Arrangement confirming the flexibility of the scheme of arrangement to implement novel restructuring solutions
12-05-2020 / Energy & Infrastructure
Successful creditor challenges to schemes of arrangement are incredibly rare, and ARCM’s challenge to Premier Oil’s scheme  has not bucked this trend. This scheme raised a broad range of issues which, subject to the outcome of the appeal, have been addressed to confirm the broad, flexible scope of the scheme of arrangement to implement creative restructuring solutions in the face of opposition from minority creditor groups. We provided an overview of the scheme of arrangement process and some of the issues raised by the Premier Oil scheme in our previous bulletins  .
News / COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Measures: The Morning after the Night Before
The nation spends this morning assessing yesterday evening’s ‘roadmap to reopening society’ announcement by the PM. While the government has revealed its proposal for the country’s first steps back to a new normal, it is clear that the process will be an incremental one. What is unclear is how normal this new normal will be.
News / Recent amendments to Chapter VI Regulation 2 of SOLAS - Cargo information
06-05-2020 / Maritime
In a recent decision, the Hong Kong courts held that, as of 2009, it was not trade practice for shippers to weigh the container and cargo contents before loading it onto a vessel for carriage between Hong Kong and Guangzhou It may be that this would be the trade practice on other regional and global routes This ruling provides a timely reminder to the liner trade of changes to the law which will be in force in 2016
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