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 30 years' experience working across a range of limited and full recourse debt financings across a range of asset classes. He leads the Banking and Finance Team and is based in the London office focussing on complex transactions in particular in energy and infrastructure, including social housing.
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.
Chris has been involved in this sector for many years including working back in 2012 for lenders and sponsors in subsidised solar and wind including acting for Legal & General and Pension Corporation on a number of fixed interest loan transactions including Malina Financing 2013(No.1) plc, for the investors in Npower Community Solar plc, the securitisation vehicle for the income stream off a social housing rooftop portfolio originally owned by Gentoo Sunderland, more recently working for Primrose Solar to debt finance a number of its 15 solar farm developments, for Ecotricity on a portfolio of wind farms financed by L&G and in 2021 acting for AIB Group (UK) plc on project financing seven hydro power schemes in Scotland.
Social Housing Finance
Chris acts for a number of borrowers and lenders in the sector including Sanctuary Housing Association where he has led on all their listed bond issues, for Triplepoint Social Housing REIT plc where he has undertaken all of their debt work and for two major clearing banks. He is able to bring huge experience gained from other sectors and structures to innovate in a key area for current Government policy in building more affordable housing stock.
Chris has covered this sector for many years ranging from the earlier days of NHS privatisation (including PFI) to working with a major clearer on developing its project finance light structure for funding development of large community healthcare hubs run by GP fund holders.
Chris has acted for the funders on a number of large and complex schemes including sponsored by UPP Limited including Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury, London and Kent Turing College and for large sponsors in refinancing distressed student accommodation assets.
Chris Brierley possesses vast experience advising on a broad spectrum of banking and finance mandates, including restructurings. He also acts on acquisition, development and debt finance.
Practice head Chris Brierley has notable prowess in balance sheet corporate lending and off-balance sheet project financing which he supplements with strong sector-specific knowledge in the health, social housing, franchising and renewable energy fields.
Legal 500 2022 Leading Individual - Banking and Finance Midlands
Practice head Chris Brierley, is experienced in senior debt financing and commercial paper programmes, advises large social housing providers and major clearance banks.
Legal 500 2022 Social Housing Finance
Times Best Law Firms 2022. Commended for Banking and Finance