"Memery Crystal LLP’s clients rate the firm for its ‘pragmatism and good value for money’. Michael Dawes (‘technically excellent and fun to work with’) heads the practice, which has seen a significant increase in banking and debt finance matters. Dawes advised Pala Investments on the $10m bridge financing of Alufer Mining’s bauxite project in Guinea. Other clients include Nyota Minerals, Shanta Gold and new client African Thunder Platinum."The Legal 500 UK - 2016
Banking and Finance: A broad view that takes in the details
At a glance
Working closely with banks, lenders and borrowers, we view and understand banking and finance from all perspectives. That gives us a practical stance that get parties introduced, agreements organised, businesses financed and lenders satisfied. Our team of specialised banking and finance lawyers don’t simply follow convention; as our record as pathfinders and leaders in alternative finance shows, we think beyond the ordinary, to consider everything that’s attainable.
Michael DawesPartner, Head of Corporate
Nicola KravitzPartner, Head of Real Estate Private Client
Matthew LindsayPartner, Head of Real Estate
Eugene O’KeeffeGeneral Counsel
Krishen PatelSenior Associate
Our banking and finance team is proactive, inventive, practical and knowledgeable. We advise on lending across a range of instruments, from acquisition finance to corporate mini-bonds and crowdfunding.
We advise clients throughout the UK and overseas banks on loans into the UK secured on UK assets, and handle cross border security structures. All our advice is based not just on the experience of our banking and finance team, but also on the expertise of our other departments, such as property, tax and employment. With Memery Crystal, you have the benefits of a broad overview plus intimate knowledge of all the critical details.
Advised Gaming Realms Plc on its reverse takeover of Pursuit Dynamics Plc and readmission to AIM, together with subsequent fundraising and group acquisitions.
Advised the buyer on a £15m BVI corporate real estate acquisition and a related £11m senior / mezzanine loan facility.
Acted on behalf of institutional lenders and short term finance providers in relation to acquisition and development finance.
Advised a lender on the debt aspects of various development finance and stretched senior finance loans.
Advised on a $20m bridge financing for Alufer Mining by Pala Investments and Resource Capital Fund.
Advised on a €31m financing for the Grupo Pefaco west African gaming business.
Acted for Shanta Gold on its finance transaction with Investec.
Acted on behalf of a borrower in the natural resources sector in relation to the re-organisation and re-financing of the group’s debt structure.
Advised Petra Diamonds on its $300 million secured loan note issue and listing.