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 2019

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. Capable of practising in both Northern Ireland and England & Wales.

Work highlights

Advised Cerberus European Investments on its acquisition of a large portfolio of non-performing loans from Ulster Bank.

Notable practitioners

Sinead McGrath heads the team's banking and finance practice, specialising in corporate and commercial banking as well as energy finance. Sources say that she is "very technically strong and astute on a wide variety of transactions."

​The Legal 500 2018

What the team is known for

The "knowledgeable and responsive" finance group at Carson McDowell assists lenders and borrowers with financings and securitisation transactions for clients from the real estate, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors.

Work highlights

Highlights included acting for Barclays in taking security over a £38m facility for 13 separate housing schemes from two prominent housing associations in Northern Ireland, and assisting the Hilton Food Group with the financing of its £80.8m acquisition of fish processor Icelandic Seachill. In a showcase of its refinancing expertise, the team acted for JPMorgan Chase, a member of a syndicate of lenders, as Northern Ireland counsel on the €600m refinancing of Valeo Foods. Other highlights included advising Skipton on the Northern Ireland aspects of the £220m sale of a portfolio of 1,600 residential UK mortgages to a fund managed by a global investment management firm.

Notable practitioners

Sinead McGrath heads the practice.

Significant clients

Barclays Bank, Hilton Food Group, JPMorgan Chase, Valeo Foods, Skipton.