Andrew was responsible for creating the Banking & finance team at Gateley and has overseen the development of a national team. Having started life as a corporate lawyer in private equity transactions, Andrew’s focus is advising on corporate and banking transactions; he is regularly involved in complex structured finance and corporate lending deals, including leveraged buy-outs, project finance and restructuring.
Andrew’s clients include many of the leading banks and financial institutions operating in the UK, as well as private equity investors and corporate borrowers. Andrew is responsible for managing many of Gateley’s national bank panel appointments. He also advises on ABL transactions, cross-border and syndicated lending.
Having educated at University of Birmingham (LLB) and College of Law, Chester (Solicitors Finals Examination, second-class Hons), Andrew qualified in 1987. He has been a partner at Gateley Plc since 1996. Outside of Gateley, Andrew has served as a non-executive director of a national health service trust and governor of one of the country’s leading further education colleges.
Consistent client praise for continued excellence led to Andrew being inducted into 'The Legal 500 Hall of Fame' in 2018.
How do you help clients?
I help businesses access the funding to enable them to grow. A key part of our approach is to focus on the purpose for which the funding is required and take time to understand how the underlying business works. That way we can apply our skills to ensure the best possible fit between the funder and its customer and ensure funding is provided as safely as possible.
Funding and security documents have become extremely complex, often running into hundreds of pages. I seek to make these accessible to our clients, translating the jargon and focusing attention on the issues to be resolved, how the funding will affect the business and identify its key risks. Because I act for lenders and borrowers and, year in, year out, we work on more deals than any other regional law firm, I have an understanding of what matters.
I enjoy working collaboratively with funders and their customers to deliver on projects and take enormous pride in being able to complete a deal.
- Shard Credit Partners in relation to a unitranche loan facility provided to and investment to acquire Alexander Technologies Europe Limited from US-based private equity group Woodside Capital Partners. In addition to negotiating finance documents for the term loan and revolving credit facilities, Andrew managed the project generally, including the acquisition of shares in the new venture by Shard Credit Partners.
- Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank in relation to term loan facility and revolving credit facility to support the acquisition by NorthEdge of Phoebus Software (undisclosed). Andrew negotiated term and revolving credit facility documents together with intercreditor and security documents.
- Leumi ABL in relation to super senior ABL facilities to support a group sponsored by Sovereign Capital. This involved complex negotiation of intercreditor principles to map a “super senior” approach into standard form ABL documents and enegotiation of ABL facility documents to remove "on demand" and discretionary elements within the template documents.
- HSBC UK Bank providing term, asset finance and revolving credit facilities to support the acquisition of Kelling Group by Alinda Capital Partners. This transaction involved a complex negotiation of a borrowing base facilities agreement and asset finance lines and was delivered to timetable in a short timescale across the Christmas and New Year holiday season.
- LDC on the secondary buy-out of Instinctif Partners. Andrew advised on the facility and associated funding documents in connection with the term loan and working capital facilities provided by HSBC UK Bank Plc and Bank of Ireland, including coordination of overseas counsel in Germany and Ireland, and loan note funding by LDC.