Nick Bell specialises in advising financial institutions and borrowers on real estate finance transactions. He also advises on all other aspects of banking and finance transactions, including structured finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, mezzanine finance and project finance.

    Before joining the firm, Nick was a director and head of the transaction management team at a national banking group, specialising in real estate and housing finance. Prior to that, he was a banking and finance partner in two other law firms.

    Nick is a highly experienced and respected professional and has been recognised in leading legal publications, with positive client feedback, such as “…he’s a good, practical lawyer who possesses great knowledge and is easy to get on with”, “He embodies the spirit of the firm itself, putting the client at the heart and making sure a full brief is given. He has a can-do attitude and is proactive and knowledgeable – he can explain complex issues”, and “He is a high-quality lawyer who is very pragmatic in his approach and I find he’s very easy to do business with. He is quick to deal with problems and identify solutions.”

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    • Advising a major high street financial institution on a syndicated £240 million student accommodation development.
    • Advising a borrower on the £90 million refinance of its large portfolio of residential dwellings.
    • Advising The Royal Bank of Scotland plc on the £350 million merger and refinance of two large housing associations.
    • Advising on a £100 million syndicated facility to a property investment and development company.
    • Advising a financial institution on the £130 million refinance of its facilities secured on a large portfolio of properties.
    • Advising a financial institution on over £120 million of corporate secured revolving credit facilities.
    • Advising a financial institution on the refinance of a £260 million syndicated facility.
    • Advising a financial institution on a £450 million syndicated bridge to bond facility in connection with social housing.

    Education

    • College of Law, Chester, L.P.C., 1998
    • Lancaster University, LL.B., (Law with French), 1997

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2000
    • Ranked for Banking and Finance in Chambers UK 2015 and 2016
    • Ranked for Banking and Finance in The Legal 500 UK 2015 and 2016
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