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James Linforth

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


Bank lending: investment grade and syndicated loans and Property finance

Bank lending: investment grade and syndicated loans and Property finance

James Linforth Partner

Contact details

James Linforth

James Linforth

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

James heads up the firm's banking team. His expertise lies in debt funded transactions with a focus on corporate borrowing, real estate finance and acquisition finance. James is popular with clients who say he has the right balance of knowing the law and finding a solution.
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James spends most of his time advising borrowers and lenders on a wide variety of real estate finance and acquisition finance transactions, usually with a cross-border element.  James' clients consist of funds, joint venture vehicles, corporates and banks and their deals are often highly structured, so James is regularly advising different parties in the capital stack on complex inter-creditor issues.

James is popular with clients for his hands-on and approachable style. He was recently appointed head of the firm's banking team, which is characterised by its high quality and its down to earth approach. According to Chambers UK, "they actually give an opinion – they tell you what they would do as well as giving the advice".

In real estate finance, James has recently been involved in some very high profile financings of super prime residential development sites in central London.  James has also been busy advising Wells Fargo on a number of significant investment financings of individual commercial offices as well as large portfolios.

James has also played an instrumental part in developing the firm's real estate fund clients over recent years, and he has acted on many real estate financings for funds managed by Schroders and LaSalle.

Clients say he is "very calm and collected, very logical in his approach and very knowledgeable on how banks work, which is extremely useful." 
Chambers UK 2018

  • Leveraged and acquisition finance
  • 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.


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.


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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Bank lending: investment grade and syndicated loans and Property finance

Bank lending: investment grade and syndicated loans and Property finance

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