Chris Brierley undertakes and completes complex financing transactions by proactive engagement on key risks, a commercial understanding of transaction drivers and a collaborative approach to deal negotiation and execution.
Chris has over 25 years' experience of mid-market finance work in a number of sectors including acquisition finance, social housing finance, property finance and capital markets, in particular in the healthcare, social housing and renewable energy sectors.
Chris loves to get involved in complex transactions with multiple elements, working with professional teams around him, both on the client/home team and the other parties to the job. The combination of a difficult deal to deliver, an interesting business sector, management of the interconnecting components of debt and equity, acquisition and finance and the different profiles of each financed asset (whether investment property, solar farm or corporate target) make for Chris' ideal job.
Working on a deal with everyone focussed on completion – particularly when the deal is a 'first' – creates a real buzz. Chris recently worked on both the first and second listed non rated solar farm backed bond issues: Solar Financing 2012-1 and Malina Financing 2013-1 plc, as well as the first securitisation of roof top solar panels owned by a registered social housing provider. Here, Empower Community issued a loan note to Chris' client – a major pension fund investor – which will receive a portion of the 20-year, inflation-linked annual return generated by the government’s feed-in tariff. Chris derived enormous satisfaction from being involved in this type of complex deal, not least as it allowed social housing tenants to have free electricity.
Chris acts for lenders comprising a mixture of clearing banks and insurers, as well as a range of different borrowers ranging from listed multi-nationals, to registered social housing providers, to smaller corporate and private equity backed borrowers.
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2015 refers to Chris as a "notable practitioner" with clients impressed with his ability to "translate the legal jargon into layman's terms," and also highlight his "forthright and thorough" approach to matters.
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2014 refers to Chris as a leading individual and "a key partner in the firm's banking and finance team noted for his knowledge of the social housing and healthcare sectors."
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2013 refers to Chris as a leading individual and clients feedback that "he is highly skilled, very experienced and a technically superb lawyer."