Banking & Finance

Carson McDowell has a cutting-edge reputation in banking and financial services through our strong links with major lenders locally and globally, including Bank of Ireland, Bank of Scotland PLC, Barclays Bank plc, HSBC Bank PLC, Santander UK PLC, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Credit Suisse, First Trust Bank, Northern Bank Limited, Closed Asset Finance Ltd and Lombard North Central Plc.

We advise many of the major domestic financial institutions and many of the world's leading international banks, finance houses, investment managers, investment funds, insurance companies and other financial services firms operating in Northern Ireland.

Our specialist lawyers work with teams across the firm to provide comprehensive in-house support for clients managing multi-faceted corporate and financial matters. Our lawyers also accept instructions from leading law firms across the UK, the Republic of Ireland and further afield in relation to all aspects of banking and financial services.

What we do

  • Asset Finance Leasing and Receivables
  • Corporate finance
  • Debt Securities
  • Leveraged & Acquisition Finance
  • Property Finance
  • Invoice Discounting/Factoring
  • Project Finance
  • Energy and Renewables Finance

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2018

What the team is known for Respected practice active on behalf of both domestic and international banks. Advises on the full range of banking matters including acquisition finance, asset-based lending and project financing. Also handles high-profile mortgage portfolio sales and complex refinancing.

Strengths "It's been a very positive experience for us. They're keen to do work and pragmatic in their approach," says a client.

Work highlights Acted for Bank of Ireland on the provision of a £65 million loan facility to Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association for investing in the funding of new homes.

Advised NTR on the £45.7 million financing of its wind farm projects in Ora More and Altaveedan by Ulster Bank.

Significant clients Northern Bank, Ulster Bank, Santander, Goldman Sachs, NORD/LB.

Notable practitioners

Considered "very strong technically regarding security and banking," Sinead McGrath has a wealth of experience in acquisition and property finance. Clients note: "She's very strong, very quick to get things done, and very helpful to have around."

​Chambers and Partners UK 2017

What the team is known for:

Works closely with global and domestic lenders. Continues to broaden its banking practice by representing clients in multiple industries, including energy and agrifoods.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The service provided is always professional and efficient with a strong ability to deliver against tight timescales if required."

Work highlights

Acted for Danske Bank in connection with a £75 million credit facility to Clanmil Housing Association.

Notable practitioners

Sinead McGrath leads the banking and finance team, and offers a practice that covers acquisition finance, real estate finance and general corporate lending. Clients attest: "I would have no hesitation in recommending Sinead for banking and finance work."

Significant clients

Danske Bank, Bank of Ireland, Close Asset Finance, Goldman Sachs, Barclays Bank.

​The Legal 500 2016

What the team is known for A respected practice active on behalf of both domestic and international banks. Advises on the full range of banking matters including acquisition finance, asset-based lending and project financing. The team draws its borrower clients from sectors including real estate, agrifoods and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have been fantastic. They are efficient, have a common-sense approach, and they provide solutions, not problems."

"They are quite personable; you feel like you will be looked after, especially with tight time constraints."

Work highlights Acted as Northern Irish counsel to Cerberus Capital Management during the investment firm's purchase of non-performing loans from Ulster Bank.

Assisted Berwin Leighton Paisner with the Northern Irish aspects of the purchase, made by TPG, Blackstone and Carnal, of GE Money's UK mortgage book.

Notable practitioners

Sinead McGrath heads the firm's banking team and advises a wide range of clients on matters including acquisition finance and real estate finance. Clients say: "She is very efficient, knowledgeable, calm, and can resolve conflict and tension very well."

Significant clients Danske Bank, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Santander, Goldman Sachs.