William Heywood Partner, Banking & Finance

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    William Heywood is a partner 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.

    "Direct partner involvement in transactions, even when the day to day drafting is being dealt with by a junior lawyer. Their main strengths are in knowing their clients so being able to deal with issues expeditiously without needing client involvement for all the minutiae of the transaction; that and an uncanny ability of overcoming items that other lawyers see as problems. They are a firm who simply get the deal done in the best interests of their clients."

    Legal 500, 2020

    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

    • 2016 – Current: Memery Crystal
    • 2016 – 2016: Associate at Proskauer Rose
    • 2011 – 2016: Trainee Solicitor, Solicitor and Associate, CMS Cameron McKenna

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