Ed Fife

Joined firm 2003. Partner since 2012.

Ed advises borrower clients across a range of vanilla and structured financing activities and lenders on more highly structured lending transactions. Ed regularly acts on leveraged finance, infrastructure and real estate financing transactions.

Recent highlights include advising in relation to:

  • bid financings including 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, Hibu, 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, EY, Fidelity, FirstGroup, Glas Cymru, Hays, HomeServe, Meggit, Morgan Advanced Materials, Ninety One, Ports of Jersey, Redrow, Rolls-Royce, Senior, Softbank, Spectris, The States of Jersey, Stock Spirits and The Vitec Group

Ed spent six months on secondment at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune in Tokyo in 2005, having also lived in Japan between 1999 and 2001, and was seconded to our Hong Kong office from October 2008 to July 2010. He has advised numerous Japanese clients in multiple sectors on a wide variety of transactions.

Ed is listed as a leading individual in the Banking & Finance section of Chambers UK, 2021 and is recommended in the Acquisition Finance, Bank Lending (investment grade debt and syndicated loans), Debt Capital Markets, High Yield, Derivatives and Structured Products and Securitisation sections of the Legal 500, 2021. Ed is also 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

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