Partner

Banking & Finance

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Partner

Banking & Finance

Expertise

Paul is a highly experienced finance lawyer with extensive experience in many different areas of finance work. As well as general banking his expertise takes in acquisition finance, commodity finance, Islamic finance, project finance and real estate finance.

He works on both the borrower and lender side and he has extensive experience in advising parties at all levels in the debt stack; senior, mezzanine and junior and related intercreditor and priority issues.

The debt finance market has become increasingly sophisticated. The emergence of debt funds and challenger banks has brought with it new ways of providing and structuring debt. For example, many debt fund deals are now funded through a mix of conventional debt combined with equity or a quasi-equity reward/fee structure. These deals blur the line between simple debt and corporate finance and are often effectively joint ventures. Paul has worked on many transactions of this type.

Deals do sometimes go wrong. Paul has a substantial amount of experience in debt restructuring and also on the sale and purchase of distressed and performing loans and loan portfolios.

He has had a particular focus on real estate finance. As well as working on deals for UK assets, he has worked on many cross border deals in other jurisdictions where English law debt is provided to finance a local asset. These other jurisdictions where he has experience include the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

Paul Advises

  • Borrowers
  • Debt funds
  • Family offices
  • Investment funds
  • Overseas and UK banks

Experience Highlights

  • Acting as English counsel to NAMA on the restructure of numerous facilities and the sale of a major loan portfolio secured on assets in various jurisdictions to an investment fund.
  • Acting on the sale of a major loan portfolio secured on assets in various jurisdictions by the liquidator of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.
  • Acting for a major debt fund on a number of financings ( senior and mezzanine)and co-investments on assets in the UK, Germany and Ireland.
  • Acting for various lenders on numerous bilateral and syndicated investment and development debt facilities for UK real estate assets.
  • Acting for the lender on the provision of acquisition and trade finance facilities to a UK pharmaceutical company.
  • Advising on the English law aspects of termination and unwinding of a CMBS structure.
  • Advising the borrower on debt facilities secured on 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3 (The Gherkin).
  • Acting for finance providers on Shariah debt secured on UK real estate assets.

Career History

Previous Law Firms

  • Taylor Wessing LLP, Partner

Get in touch

For further advice please contact us for a consultation.

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+44 (0)3330 143 401 info@gunnercooke.com