Gateley’s banking and financial services team provide a full range of banking and finance legal services. We act for lenders across the sector, providing end to end advice which helps our clients to manage risk and comply with regulatory requirements. 

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Who do we work with?

Our borrower client base encompasses a wide variety of organisations including large corporates, owner-managed businesses, property developers and investors, many of whom we have had a close on-going relationship with for a number of years.

We also act for major UK clearing banks, being on the panels for 9 of the 11 UK clearing banks, as well as challenger banks. 


We work with UK-based financial institutions, including all of the main clearing banks and a range of specialist funds providing the full range of banking services. Find out more about our banks service.

Mergers & acquisitions

We have one of the most active private equity and acquisition finance offerings in the market, with experience of acting for private equity houses, management teams and debt funders (including banks and speciality debt funds) across a number of debt structures (including unitranche and mezzanine/ second lien). Find out more about our mergers and acquisitions service.

Real estate finance

We also have an extensive real estate finance practice, including lawyers specialising in banking and security documentation and in funders’ title investigation. We have in-depth knowledge of each funder’s specific requirements for documentation, property diligence and reporting. Find out more about our real estate finance service.

Asset-based lending 

We have experience in specialist work for asset-based lenders (ABLs) and surety houses, including the issue of surety bonds and guarantees. We also have experience in the buying and selling of debt books (including non-performing loans).

As well as acting for many ABL funders in the market, our breadth of experience and knowledge of each funder’s requirements means that we are also able to act on multi-bank transactions involving different lending products. Find out more about our asset-based lending services.

Restructuring advisory

We receive high quality, high value and complex restructuring advisory instructions. This includes the full range of lender-led work as well as accelerated sales, advisory work and restructuring assignments for our insolvency practitioner, turnaround, lender and corporate clients. Find out more about our restructuring service.

Insolvency litigation

We are instructed on a varied portfolio of complex, high value insolvency litigation (in aggregate hundreds of millions of pounds), acting for regional clients and for the national and international litigation teams of major clients. Find out more about our insolvency litigation service.

Asset tracing & fraud investigation

We regularly represent claimants and defendants in civil fraud disputes and tracing actions across a broad range of industry sectors, with particular strengths in the areas of breach of duty, corporate transactions and restructurings, financial services and banking litigation, asset finance, asset recovery, insurance litigation and corporate crime. Find out more about our asset tracing & fraud investigation service.

Offshore litigation

We have a strong and growing focus on cross-border claims and claims for offshore clients concerning matters with a nexus to the UK. We receive numerous instructions from insolvency officeholders and creditors based overseas and, in particular, from offshore jurisdictions such as the British Virgin and Cayman Islands and the CIS, including the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan.

Our excellent client service is recognised by our significant bank panel appointments (and re-appointments) as well as more broadly within the wider financial services, restructuring and turnaround community. Find out more about our offshore litigation service.