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Cathy Bell-Walker

Partner

London

Bell-Walker Cathy
Cathy Bell-Walker

Partner

London

Cathy has a broad ranging international banking practice, including syndicated loans and investment grade acquisition financings, real estate finance and asset financings. She has borrower clients, in particular in the travel sector. She has extensive experience of acting for finance providers in leveraged finance transactions on both UK and European cross-border transactions including acting for high-yield bridge lenders.

Chambers UK comments that Cathy is "a very strong finance lawyer who puts the client at ease".

Cathy has been a partner in Allen & Overy since 2002 and was an elected member of the Allen & Overy global board from 2010-2014. She qualified as an English solicitor in 1996 and was based in the Frankfurt office of Allen & Overy LLP for ten years. She is a fluent German speaker. She is currently Chair of the Allen & Overy Global Markets Board which co-ordinates the firm’s relationship with law firms in jurisdictions where A&O does not have a presence. She also runs the A&O London Senior Women’s Network.

News & insights

Publications: 12 DECEMBER 2019

What is the direction of travel of European pre-insolvency reforms?

Associates Musonda Mutati and Harini Viswanathan have authored an article for Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, highlighting the differences between the European and proposed UK reforms.

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Publications: 09 DECEMBER 2019

New intervention powers granted to the CSSF for residential housing loans

In light of the continued growth of residential housing prices and the impact on household debt, the Luxembourg parliament adopted a new act on 4 December 20191 (the Act) to grant specific intervention powers to Luxembourg’s financial sector regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF). In the event that developments in the Luxembourg real estate sector (potentially) threaten the stability of the national financial system, the CSSF is entitled by the Act to set the conditions upon which credit institutions, insurance undertakings and professionals carrying on lending operations, may grant loans relating to residential properties situated in Luxembourg.

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Publications: 04 DECEMBER 2019

IT and operational failures: financial services in the spotlight

There is unprecedented demand for and use of technology in the financial services sector.  However, greater reliance on technology brings with it increased levels of risk.  In particular, IT incidents and even brief disruptions to digital services may have a significant impact on clients and the markets.

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News: 05 NOVEMBER 2019

A&O takes finance role in acquisition of CME Group by PPF

Allen & Overy has advised arrangers on the EUR1.150 billion financing of the CME acquisition by PPF Group N.V. The facilities have been fully underwritten by BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Société Générale and UniCredit acting as Underwriters, Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners. Société Générale and Komerční banka are acting as facility agent and security agent, respectively.

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Expertise

Practices

Banking and Finance

Sectors

Real Estate

Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1996

Academic

BA (Hons), Law, Magdalene College, Cambridge University, 1992