Matthew regularly acts for banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers on a wide range of transactions in a variety of sectors with particular experience in acquisition/leveraged finance, real estate finance (both development and investment), asset based lending and restructuring, refinancing and general corporate financing transactions, often with a cross-border element.

    Matthew is recommended in The Legal 500 UK for banking and finance, where the Squire Patton Boggs team is said to apply “a genuinely collaborative and commercial approach."

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    Acquisition / Leveraged Finance
    • Advising Cytec Industries Inc. (the NYSE listed speciality chemicals and materials technology company) in connection with its £274M recommended cash offer for LSE listed Umeco PLC by way of scheme of arrangement.
    • Advising Symthomer PLC (the LSE listed specialty chemicals company) in connection with its £210M facilities to acquire a German group of companies.
    • Advising The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC in connection with a £9M term loan facility to NJ Bidco Limited to fund the £22M secondary MBO of Neville Johnson Holdings Limited (backed by Alcuin Capital Partners).
    • Advising Endless LLP (and associated funds) in connection with its financing of the acquisition of James Briggs from ITW Inc.
    • Advising EPIC Private Equity (and associated funds) on numerous transactions including (i) the sale of a portfolio of 12 private equity investee companies to a joint venture vehicle, (ii) the acquisition from administration of the business and assets of “Whittard of Chelsea” and (iii) the acquisition, financing, refinancing and/or exit of various portfolio companies including Nexus Industries Limited, Past Times Trading Limited, Process Components Limited, Palatinate Schools Limited, Bighead Limited and Indicia Limited.
    • Advising several Russia based businesses and private equity sponsors in connection with significant private equity and associated financing transactions.
    • Advising various members of the Samuel Banner group of companies on several acquisitions including the acquisition of the packed chlorine business of Ineos ChlorVinyls Limited and the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Stowlin Limited.
    Real Estate Finance
    • Advising The Homes and Communities Agency (and several local authorities) on various state aid compliant grant and mezzanine loan facilities including those in connection with (i) the development of Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, Wakefield, (ii) the mixed use development at Broad Street, Halifax and (iii) the 250 bedroom hotel and 117,000 square foot office development at Southgate, Bradford.
    • Advising entities controlled by a Guernsey incorporated fund operating in the student accommodation sector in connection with their £35.1M loan facilities from an international investment bank to refinance 2 newly constructed (and one partially constructed) student accommodation buildings.
    • Advising FORE Advisors LLP (and affiliates) in connection with a term loan from Santander UK PLC to finance the acquisition of New Telecom House, Aberdeen.
    • Advising FORE Advisors LLP (and affiliates) in connection with a term loan from Santander UK PLC to finance the acquisition of certain units at Times Square Shopping Centre, Sutton.
    • Advising FORE Advisors LLP (and affiliates) in connection with a term loan from Lloyds Bank PLC to finance the acquisition of Yorkshire House, Leeds.
    Asset Based Lending
    • Advising Park-Ohio Holdings Corp (the NASDAQ listed industrial supply chain logistics and diversified manufacturing company) and its subsidiaries in connection with their US$285M senior asset based lending facilities from a syndicate of international financial institutions arranged by JP Morgan Securities Inc.
    • Advising ABN AMRO Commercial Finance PLC in connection with its invoice discounting, property and term loan facilities to an international group of companies and on the subsequent restructuring of those facilities following a group reorganisation and corporate disposal programme.
    • Advising James Briggs Limited in connection with its £9M receivables finance facilities from RBS Invoice Finance Limited to refinance acquisition debt and finance working capital.
    • Advising RBS Invoice Finance Limited in connection with its £7.6M asset based lending facilities to Eagley Plastics Limited and Vinyl Compounds Limited.
    • Advising Leumi ABL Limited and Bank Leumi (UK) PLC in connection with their asset based lending and term loan facilities to Bromford Industries Limited (backed by Darwin Private Equity).
    Restructuring, Refinancing and Corporate Financing
    • Advising Findel PLC (the LSE listed multi-channel retail company) in connection with its £445M fundraising and refinancing package and on several subsequent equity capital markets and refinancing transactions.
    • Advising SThree PLC (the LSE listed recruitment company) in connection with its £50M revolving credit facility from HSBC Bank PLC and The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC including an “accordion option” allowing the facilities to increase up to £70M.
    • Advising Ricardo PLC (the LSE listed engineering company) in connection with its £15M revolving credit facility from HSBC Bank PLC including an “accordion option” allowing the facilities to increase up to £35M.
    • Advising Stobart Group (the LSE listed logistics, warehousing and property company) in connection with its £20M Shari’ah compliant financing arrangements with Bank of London and the Middle East PLC and the associated restructuring of its £100M term loan facilities from Prudential / M&G and its invoice discounting facilities from KBC Commercial Finance NV.
    • Advising Centric SPV 1 Limited (now Shawbrook Bank) in connection with the restructuring and refinancing of its £10M asset based lending facilities to Aylesford Newsprint Limited.
    • Advising HSBC Bank PLC in connection with its loan facilities to Crown Paints Limited.
    • Advising Bank of Scotland PLC in connection with its loan facilities to Exponential-E Limited.
    • Advising Greenroad Technologies UK Limited in connection with loan facilities from Silicon Valley Bank and others.
    • Advising Outsourcery PLC (the AIM listed technology business) in connection with the restructuring of its loan facilities from a Luxembourg based lender and in connection with its subsequent IPO and associated equity capital markets transactions.
    • Advising Social Investment Business Foundation (formerly Adventure Capital Fund) - being a provider of finance to charities, community centres and other entities that cannot access traditional finance - on over 50 investments including in Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre Limited, Tiger 11 Limited and E:Merge Bradford Community Interest Company. 

    Education

    • Nottingham Law School, L.P.C., Distinction, 1999
    • The University of Manchester, LL.B., Honours, First Class, 1998

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2001
    • Notable practitioner in IFLR1000 2019 for banking and real estate finance
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Banking & Finance, National Leaders (Outside London); North West
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for banking and finance
    • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for banking and finance
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