Leveraged and acquisition finance

We act for banks, direct and alternative lenders, private equity sponsors and portfolio companies on a broad spectrum of acquisition financings and cashflow lending transactions including those to support management buyouts, bolt-on acquisitions and business expansion.
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Frequently working to demanding timetables, our team draws on its extensive market knowledge and experience to deliver commercial and pragmatic advice and an efficient deal process, to help clients achieve their commercial objectives.

We have experience of a wide range of debt structures including:

  • senior facilities
  • unitranche facilities
  • super senior facilities
  • first out/last out structures
  • mezzanine facilities
  • holdco PIK facilities

With an integrated London office and international base, we are able to draw on the expertise of other specialists in the firm, including in tax and corporate, to deliver a seamless service.

“The strengths of the Stephenson Harwood finance team are that they have a deep appreciation of both the lender's and borrower's perspectives. This ability means that the team members are pragmatic and will not pursue a point for sake of argument.” 

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Advising Elysian Capital on the financing aspects of its acquisitions of Eton Bridge Partners, Fastway and Gravity Global.

Advising the lender on the financing of the CBPE backed Mindera group.

Advising the lender on the financing of the Levine Leichtman backed SiPM group.

Advising the super senior lenders on the financing of CVC's acquisition of Away Resorts.

Acting for the super senior lenders on the financing of CVC's acquisition of MediVet.

Advising the super senior lenders on facilities for HIG Capital backed Aspire Pharma.

Acting for the lender on the recapitalisation of the Corndel group.

Advising FPE on the refinancing of the Codestone Group and on its acquisition of Egress.

Advising Bestport Private Equity on its investment in the LED consultancy business Energy Saving Lighting.

Advising Apposite Capital on its acquisition of Health and Case Management Limited.

Advising Bowmark Capital LLP, a mid-market private equity firm, in connection with the financing aspects of the acquisition of Kubrick group.

Advising Bowmark Capital LLP on the buy-out of Cornwall Insight, a leading provider of research, data and analysis to the energy sector.

Advised Bowmark Capital LLP, on its backing of the buy-out of IWSR, a research platform for the US$1.5 trillion global alcoholic beverage market.

Latest news & insights

18 Mar 2022

From Insights

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