William Heywood Director, Banking & Finace

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    William Heywood is a director in the Banking and Finance team specialising in merger and acquisitions, corporate lending and leveraged finance with a particular interest in alternative finance.

    He regularly acts for a broad range of lenders, including clearing banks, investment banks, super senior lenders, unitranche lenders, mezzanine lenders and funds, while also successfully acting for borrowers, including listed companies, SMEs and private equity.

    Outside of work, William enjoys long walks with the dog, a round or two of golf and travelling.

    "They are very knowledgeable, with an extensive range of expertise. They are able to turn around excellent work within short timeframes, which is invaluable. One can rely on their advice and, moreover, they are a pleasure to work with."

    Legal 500, 2021

    In detail

    Recent experience

    • Acted for a UK based sponsor on debt facilities of £155m in relation to a contested acquisition with a unitranche facility and super senior working capital revolver.
    • Acted for a syndicate of banks on the £350m financing of a large multinational corporate group who run various businesses ranging from transport to communications.
    • Acted borrower side on a £250m revolving working capital facility for a listed automotive group.
    • A EUR50m acquisition by a US borrower client of a European media technology business.
    • Acted on the acquisition by a private equity “buy and build” client of a supply teacher business with various bolt-on acquisitions.

    Career history

    • Director, Memery Crystal
    • Associate at Proskauer Rose LLP (2016)
    • 2011 – 2016: Trainee Solicitor, Solicitor and Associate, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

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