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James Linforth

T: +44 20 7809 2060 Email James | vCard Office: London

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Real estate finance

Real estate finance

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Property finance

Bank lending: Investment grade debt and syndicated loan

Bank lending: Investment grade debt and syndicated loan

James Linforth Partner

Contact details

James Linforth

James Linforth
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2060 Email James | vCard Office: London

James heads up the firm's general banking and finance team. He is a leading real estate finance lawyer, but James also has broad expertise in corporate lending and acquisition finance transactions.
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James has over 25 years' of Real Estate Finance experience, acting for lenders and borrowers in relation to all kinds of real estate development and investment financings.

James has been ranked as a Leading Individual in both Chambers and Legal 500 for many years and he has led on some of the highest profile central London real estate financings in recent years. These include acting for the borrowers in relation to the development financing of the Paddington Cube and the financing of the giant mixed use scheme, Bankside Yards, as well as the acquisition financing of Goldman Sachs' EMEA HQ. On the lender side, James regularly acts as a trusted advisor to Wells Fargo, OCBC, Bayern LB, HSBC and Mass Mutual/Barings in relation to significant acquisition, development and refinancing transactions.

Clients say "James is a fantastic lawyer for wide-ranging and practical advice on commercial real estate transactions" with a “friendly, calm and reasoned approach” that is “very proactive and goes above and beyond expectations”.

"He is extremely good at practically distilling down what we need to do." "James Linforth is all-round brilliant. His bedside manner is spot on and he makes complicated things sound simple." 
Chambers UK 2022

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  • Real estate finance

Mannington Mills, Inc.

James advised on the acquisition of The Amtico Flooring Company Limited. The acquisition was financed by way of senior Asset Based Lending debt facilities arranged by Bank of America, N.A. and a mezzanine term facility arranged by TPG.

DFC Global Corp.

James' team advised DFC Global (a Nasdaq listed leading international non-bank provider of alternative financial services) on the English law aspects of a new senior secured credit facility with a syndicate of lenders, with Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch, as Agent. The Revolving Facility provides for a five-year $180 million global revolving credit facility, with potential to further increase the credit facility to up to $230 million.

Lavendon Group plc

James led the team in extending and re-negotiating Lavendon's existing £50 million and €60 million revolving bank credit facilities and in issuing new loan notes by way of US Private Placement with a value of €35 million. Lavendon is a LSE listed plc and the market leader in the rental of powered access equipment in Europe and the Gulf states.This deal involved close co-operation with (and co-ordinating) lawyers across multiple jurisdictions, including the United States, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Archirodon Group N.V.

James advised Archirodon Group N.V, a leading construction group which specialises in construction of Ports and major civil engineering projects, on the refinancing of their $481m syndicated unsecured revolving credit facility.

Next Energy Solar Fund

James and his team advised Next Energy Solar Fund's subsidiaries in relation to a two year £140 million revolving loan facility with Macquarie Bank Limited, London Branch (as lender). The purpose of the facility was to fund the costs of acquiring, constructing and commissioning solar PV projects in England and Wales.

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Wells Fargo

James advised on the financing of the £150 million acquisition of the Amber portfolio of properties by a fund managed by Clearbell. 

Advised on the £80 million  facilities to Columbia Threadneedle to help finance its purchase and the refurbishment of the Queen Mother’s former home in St James’s Square on behalf of private investors.

LaSalle

James advised a fund managed by LaSalle on the financing of the acquisition of Golden Square Shopping Centre, Warrington, for £142 million from Warrington Retail Limited Partnership. The facility was provided by Aareal Bank.

Native Land

James advised the joint venture vehicle established by Native Land on behalf of various investors (including Grosvenor Estate, Amcorp of Malaysia and Hotel Properties Limited of Singapore) in relation to the £201 million acquisition and development financing of the former Holland Park School site by OCBC and DBS.

Fortwell Capital

Advised Christian Candy’s ​Fortwell Capital in relation to a £48 million bridging loan to fund the acquisition of a prime development site in the exclusive Chelsea Harbour area of West London.

Bayern LB

James acted for Bayern LB in connection with its financing of the acquisition of the Eastgate Centre, Basildon by Infrared Capital Partners for £88.6 million.

RBS

Acted for RBS in relation to £25 million acquisition and development facilities to Oxenwood Catalina Limited, an equity joint venture between Oxenwood Real Estate Capital LP and Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd, a Bermuda based reinsurance investment company, to enable it to purchase various logistics assets.

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Piramal Healthcare UK Limited

Advised Piramal in relation to a £20,000,000 term, revolving and receivables financing provided by HSBC Bank plc.

Wells Fargo Capital Finance

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

Hill Holdings Limited

James advised Hill Holdings Limited in relation to a £150m secured revolving credit facility provided by a syndicate of 4 banks led by RBS.

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Awards

Real estate finance

Real estate finance

Property finance

Property finance

Bank lending: Investment grade debt and syndicated loan

Bank lending: Investment grade debt and syndicated loan

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