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Corporate Lending

A market-leading corporate lending practice

International financial institutions and blue chip corporates continue to turn to Allen & Overy's corporate lending practice for assistance in structuring and documenting the most high profile deals in the market.

Proven track record

We are ranked No.1 legal advisor for Syndicated Loans in EMEA for both borrowers and lenders by Bloomberg and Refinitiv signifying the confidence that both borrowers and banks have in Allen & Overy.

We act on the largest global loan transactions in the world often driven by high profile corporate events. However, we are also regularly involved on less newsworthy transactions we do more deals by number than any other law firm, not just by volume

In-depth industry expertise
Our experience in corporate lending advising both borrowers and lenders gives us a 360 degrees view of the market and a unique commercial understanding of the bankability of deal terms. We recognise that parties to any general lending transaction require efficient reliable execution. We bring years of market leading experience and industry expertise to every transaction on which we act to exceed this expectation, demonstrating why we are the standout firm in the market.
Our offering
Deals today demand a broad mix of corporate lending finance capabilities. Our corporate finance solutions offering includes an interdisciplinary team of lawyers from our Corporate Lending, Capital Markets, Corporate and Restructuring teams. As a result, our coverage spans the spectrum of debt products including:
  • a number of hybrid finance options such as bank/bond structures
  • high yield
  • leveraged Buyouts (LBOs)
  • margin loans,
  • Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)
  • forward-start/refinancing facilities.

The team has also advised on a number of firsts in emerging markets, including advising on several of the biggest financings in emerging market jurisdictions to date.

News and insights

Sun shining on city buildings

Publications: 15 May 2023

Sustainability-linked loans: how "greenwashing" risk is mitigated in documentation

In this article, first published in the May 2023 edition of Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law Greg Brown considers two recent clauses that are increasingly being included…

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London cityscape

Publications: 03 March 2023

Pension scheme liquidity: are you prepared if the tap gets turned off again?

The October 2022 ‘mini’ budget threw pension scheme liquidity into the mainstream news, with reports that schemes were on the verge of collapse and the Bank of England recognising a material threat of…

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Beams of lights flowing across high buildings

Publications: 13 December 2022

Term SOFR: six months on

In May 2022 we reported that where Term SOFR was being used widely in U.S. loans; its use in other markets was more limited. Six months on, how has the picture changed?

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City lights at night

Publications: 04 November 2022

Is now the worst time to refinance for the last five years, or the best time to refinance for the next five years?

How is the loan market reacting to the economic environment, and how should borrowers respond?

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  • Ranked No. 1 EMEA for Borrower & Lender, Syndicated Loans 2023, Bloomberg & Refinitiv 2024
  • Ranked No. 1 APAC for Lender, Syndicated Loans 2023,  Bloomberg 2024
  • Ranked No. 2 Global and APAC for Lender, Syndicated Loans 2022, Bloomberg 2023
  • Best Law Firm for Syndicated Loans 2023, GlobalCapital Awards 2024