Acquisition and leveraged finance


Our highly rated leveraged finance practice specialises in all aspects of financing domestic and cross-border leveraged buy-outs, refinancings and recapitalisations, corporate acquisitions and public takeovers.

We act for a broad range of international and local banks, alternative debt providers, financial institutions and funds in their capacities as arrangers, lenders, agents, trustees and investors in leveraged finance transactions.

We also advise private equity funds, corporate borrowers and corporate issuers on all aspects of leveraged finance transactions and (in conjunction with leading US counsel) European high yield bond issuances.

Our balanced practice, advising all major stakeholders in leveraged transactions ensures that our lawyers have a deep insight into all perspectives of leveraged finance transactions.

The breadth of our experience, which includes advising UK and global investment funds on debt investments in the primary and secondary debt and bond markets, ensures we are involved in many of the market leading transactions and that our clients can benefit from our exceptional market knowledge.

On every transaction our leveraged finance lawyers are complemented by specialist lawyers in all areas necessary to advise on the most complex leveraged financing transactions, notably lawyers with particular expertise in private equity, M&A, investment funds, tax, real estate, pensions, environmental, intellectual property and restructuring.


  • "They have a really strong technical approach. They know the documents very well, and in addition to the technical skills are very user-friendly and understand the client's interests."

    Chambers Europe 2017

  • "Macfarlanes LLP occupies a particularly 'strong position' in the mid-market, where it acts for a broad range of sponsors, banks and debt funds."

    The UK Legal 500 2014

  • "Clients have reported that '[The team provide] excellent quality of advice and excellent client service'."

    Chambers UK 2014

  • "The team's responsiveness is summed up by one client as 'very direct, very credible. You get service in an hour that might otherwise take three or four hours'."

    Chambers UK 2014

  • "The 'attentive and detail-orientated team' at Macfarlanes is 'very good for UK middle-market lending', acting for a broad spectrum of clients including banks, sponsors and debt funds."

    The UK Legal 500 2013