Ed advises borrower clients across a range of vanilla and structured financing activities and lenders on more highly structured lending transactions. He regularly acts on leveraged finance, infrastructure, and real estate financing transactions.
Highlights include advising in relation to:
- bid financings including Schneider Electric’s acquisition of Aveva, HKEx’s bid for the London Stock Exchange Group plc, Marsh & McLennan Companies’ bid for Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Wren House Infrastructure’s acquisition of North Sea Midstream Partners, Compagnie Financiere Richemont’s acquisition of Yoox Net-a-Porter, Cineworld’s acquisition of Regal Cinemas, Mediclinic’s acquisition of Al Noor Hospitals Group and Cable & Wireless Communications’ acquisition of Columbus International
- acquisition and leveraged financings acting for Deutsche Bank and other lenders in a wide variety of sectors and jurisdictions, including in relation to corporates, energy and infrastructure assets, financial institutions, and real estate assets
- transformational refinancings and capital reorganisations for clients including De La Rue, Yell, Countrywide, Glas Cymru, and Punch Taverns
- treasury financing transactions for borrower clients including loan facilities, bonds (including EMTNs, convertible bonds and high yield bonds), US private placements, CCFF and other CP programmes, supply chain financings, and derivative and structured finance transactions. Recent transactions have included acting for 3i, Ascential, ASOS, the Central Bank of Egypt, Centrica, EY, Fidelity, FirstGroup, Glas Cymru, Hays, HomeServe, Just Eat Takeaway, Land Securities, Meggitt, Morgan Advanced Materials, Ninety One, Ports of Jersey, Richemont, Redrow, Rolls-Royce, Senior, Softbank, Spectris, The States of Jersey, Stock Spirits and Videndum
Ed is Head of Banking and is listed in the Banking & Finance section of Chambers UK, 2023. He is listed as a leading individual in the Derivatives and Structured Products section of the Legal 500, 2023. Ed is a member of the City of London’s Law Society Financing Technical committee.
‘Ed Fife provides outside the box thinking and pushes the envelope to get the best possible outcome. He went above and beyond what was expected.’ Legal 500 UK 2020
Clients say: ‘He is very sharp, very creative in approach and he doesn't believe things must be done in the way they have always been done.’ Chambers UK 2020
‘Ed is a fantastic adviser who thinks about all issues in parallel, anticipates where challenges are likely to be and proactively presents solutions.’ Chambers UK 2023
Clients say Ed is ‘exceptional on the legal documentation and his deep commercial understanding of transactions is highly beneficial when dealing with fiendishly complicated financing structures.’ Legal 500 UK 2023