Chris acts for lenders and borrowers on a broad range of financing transactions. He has extensive experience and is highly knowledgeable in corporate/leveraged finance, real estate finance, asset-based lending and structured finance. His clients have included major UK and international banks, challenger banks and other alternative lenders, debt investment funds and private equity houses, together with corporate borrower clients in a wide variety of sectors and industries.
Chris has significant asset finance experience, principally involving aviation and rail, where clients have included the Department for Transport, transport specialist banks, and owner-lessors and operating lessees of planes and rolling stock.
Chris also has a strong working knowledge of restructuring, enforcement and insolvency matters.
Chris studied Law at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2003. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and spent the first eight years of his career with the London office of a “Magic Circle” law firm. This period included client secondments to the securitisation transaction execution team of a major international bank and to the in-house legal team of a rolling stock owner-lessor. More recently, Chris was a Partner with an award-winning regional law firm before joining Gateley Legal in January 2020.
Since 2018 Chris has been recognised by Chambers and Partners as an “Up and Coming” Lawyer and by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner”.
- Advising a listed debt fund on an innovative £32m junior financing of the £57m purchase of a portfolio of performing asset finance receivables by an orphan SPV; the deal documents principally comprised a master receivables sale and purchase agreement, a portfolio servicing agreement, £25m senior and £32m junior facility agreements, and an intercreditor agreement (featuring a highly complex waterfall deriving, in part, from underlying portfolio performance tests).
- Advising a market-leading wholesaler (with international operations) on a multi-jurisdictional £110m revolving credit facility from a syndicate of UK clearing banks.
- Advising a renowned independent schools foundation on a £28m development finance facility from a UK clearing bank to fund the construction of a new school on the existing campus.
- Advising the captive finance arm of a major car manufacturer on the £16m financing of a dealership group to fund a bank refinance, a property acquisition and new dealership development, and working capital requirements; this was completed simultaneously with the group switching its day-to-day banking and invoice finance facilities, and obtaining mezzanine development finance from its local county council enterprise partnership.
- Advising a listed debt fund on warehouse (a.k.a. loan-on-loan) financings of a full ABL lender, an SME term lender, an invoice financier and an asset financier (of between £5m and £30m).