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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 Thomson Reuters 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

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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Glass buildings

News: 24 November 2022

A&O acts as lenders’ counsel on EUR1.6bn senior financing for Allwyn

Allen & Overy announced today that it has represented UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s. and other banks on the EUR 1.6 billion financing of Allwyn, a leading global lottery operator.

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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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Lights from traffic moving through a busy city at night

Publications: 26 May 2022

Time for Term SOFR?

Term SOFR, the forward-looking term rate based on the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR), has become an established benchmark rate for new US Dollar lending in the US syndicated loan market.

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