Banks and banking

We advise banks and financial institutions across the world on transactional and contentious matters and in relation to every aspect of their business. We work closely with leading banks (including investment, central, development, clearing, retail, EXIM and boutique banks), asset and wealth managers, intermediaries, funds and pensions providers advising on the full range of commercial, corporate and regulatory matters.
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Our work with banks and financial institutions is central to our practice. When Stephenson Harwood was founded in 1875 one of our first clients was the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. This relationship still holds true today. Although our firm and banking practice has grown substantially from our beginnings our work with banks and financial institutions remains a key focus of the firm.

Our services include:

  • public and private M&A
  • joint ventures and other corporate advice
  • litigation including experience of advising on LIBOR and FX related investigations, High Court cases and arbitrations and sanctions issues in France, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea
  • debt and equity capital markets
  • structured, leveraged and asset financing
  • antitrust
  • outsourcing
  • data protection
  • employment, pensions, investments and benefits
  • restructuring and insolvency
  • regulatory and governance (including litigation)
  • tax
  • IP
  • corporate finance
  • funds
  • private wealth / private client matters

We offer pragmatic, commercial and timely advice and are committed to the banking industry.

“…They actually give an opinion…A guiding hand in challenging times.”
Chambers UK 2015

HSBC, RBS, Wells Fargo, Helaba, Sumitomo Mitsui, Credit Agricole and Barclays

Advised on a £540 million facility to Mount Eden Land Limited secured on the Langham Estate.


Advising on a number of matters involving allegations of LIBOR manipulation and mis-selling. We have been involved in one of the major test cases on LIBOR issues and continue to advise on UK and international investigations. We are also advising on a number of matters involving allegations of misconduct and the use of anti-competitive devices in the FX market both in the UK and the USA. We have advised on a number of recent high profile international spot FX manipulation investigations.

The Co-operative Group

Advising the bond trustee on issues arising in relation to a liability management exercise involving an exchange offer and a scheme of arrangement in relation to nine subordinated bond issues by The Co-operative Bank plc aggregating in excess of £1.2 billion.

Wells Fargo

We advised Wells Fargo who provided financing to Cerberus Capital Management, LP in relation to its acquisition of Dutch SPVs owning 6 regional shopping centres across the UK.

We also advised Wells Fargo Capital Finance as lender and co-lead arranger (alongside Silicon Valley Bank) on a £45 million senior secured credit facility agreement to finance the take private acquisition of Kewill plc by Francisco Partners.

Securities litigation

Acting for a global asset manager in connection with litigation relating to a portfolio of RMBS and CMBS assets including noteholder claims in England and securities fraud claims in New York and California.

Regulatory reporting

Advising a Middle Eastern bank on compliance with the EU's Capital Requirements Directive and Regulations and the reporting framework established by the PRA in COREP to harmonise supervisory reporting standards.

BNP Paribas US$1.1 billion ship financing for Nigerian LNG Limited

Advised Bonny Gas Transport, a subsidiary of Nigeria LNG, on the purchase of six Korean newbuild LNG vessels partly financed by complex financing arrangements involving two separate ECA-backed tranches and a commercial bank tranche with pooled security. We represented each of the lenders of these facilities.

Deutsche Bank AG, $1.2 billion loan for 12 container ships

Advised on a multi-tranche syndicated K-sure backed loan facility for the partial financing of 7 14,500 and 5 18,800 TEU container ships for wholly-owned subsidiaries of United Arab Shipping Company

Directors and officers liability

Advising on claims following high profile corporate collapses. We also act for insolvency practitioners and others in investigating and pursuing recoveries from former management.

Yann Beckers Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 82 11
M:  +33 6 82 59 15 48 Email Yann | Vcard Office:  Paris


James Linforth Partner

T:  +44 207 809 2060
M:  Email James | Vcard Office:  London


Saugata Mukherjee Partner

T:  +65 6622 9695
M:  Email Saugata | Vcard Office:  Singapore


Mark Reed Partner

T:  +852 2533 2888
M:  +852 9353 1359 Email Mark | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

Latest news & insights

02 Feb 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood boosts its contentious and non-contentious trade finance practice in Hong Kong

Stephenson Harwood has appointed partners King Tak Fung and Ivan Ng from Eversheds in Hong Kong. They have been joined by a further five associates.


25 Jan 2016

From News

Sue Moore listed in The Lawyer's Hot 100

Our head of finance is among the lawyers included in the finance category.


15 Jan 2015

From Insights

Les modèles EURO PP

Le groupe de travail EURO PP vient de publier des modèles de contrats à utiliser pour les financements EURO PP.


05 Dec 2013

From News

Survey highlights banks' fears over increasing disputes

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP and Legal Business magazine have undertaken a joint research project into post-recession banking litigation trends.


10 Oct 2013

From Insights

Court of Appeal decision on financial mis-selling claims

The Court of Appeal has now considered Messrs Green & Rowley's appeal in a short judgment released on 9 October 2013.


06 Oct 2013

From News

Finance litigation Legal Eye - Autumn 2013

An overview of recent developments in aviation.


02 Jan 2013

From Insights

Asset tracing and recovery

Alan Bercow and Ros Prince contributed an article on asset tracing and recovery in Lawyer Monthly.


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