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Sunday, 22 April 2018
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"The advice we receive has been commercial, pragmatic, directive and sage."
Chambers UK, 2017: Banking & Finance

"There's a consistency to their team, and they are calm and considered in their approach. They're very much people who facilitate a transaction."
Chambers UK, 2017: Banking & Finance

Jeremy Walsh of Travers Smith LLP is a "technically excellent" practitioner active on restructurings and non-contentious insolvency cases.
Chambers UK, 2017: Restructuring/Insolvency: Highly Regarded

The "very practical and approachable" Daniel Peel advises lenders and borrowers on an array of finance matters.
Chambers UK, 2017: Real Estate Finance

"The team is well joined up and are also patient and transparent with us, creating a good relationship."
Chambers UK, 2017: Real Estate Finance

"They were focused on the task in hand and on getting the best result for us."
Chambers UK, 2017: Real Estate Finance

Andrew Gregson is described as "calm, highly experienced, with an understanding of what clients want to achieve." He works closely with private equity sponsors on sophisticated refinancings and acquisitions.
Chambers UK, 2017: Banking & Finance

Sources describe Matthew Ayre as "an authority on leveraged finance and a real pleasure to work with." They go on to add: "He always strikes the right balance between focusing on the key points and delving down into the detail. He fights the right battles and is super user-friendly."
Chambers UK, 2017: Banking & Finance

Matthew Ayre leads the "extremely diligent, responsive" team at Travers Smith LLP, in which Danny Peel is described as a "great negotiator"
Legal 500, 2016: Property Finance

"Smart, enthusiastic" senior associate Christopher Brooks is "a pleasure to work with".
Legal 500, 2016: Property Finance

Travers Smith LLP’s Derivatives practice is "effective, knowledgeable and responsive" and provides "partner-led, friendly, technical advice".
Legal 500, 2016: Derivatives and structured products

Recommended Partners: Jonathan Gilmour and Peter Hughes
Legal 500, 2016: Derivatives and structured products

Senior counsel Douglas Hawthorn provides "balanced and commercial advice"
Legal 500, 2016: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Edward Smith is described by clients as "pragmatic and calm"
Legal 500, 2016: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Recommended partners: Peter Hughes and Jeremy Walsh.
Legal 500, 2016: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

The "experienced" team at Travers Smith LLP provides "sage advice" to a private equity sponsor client base, which includes Bridgepoint, The Carlyle Group and Exponent Private Equity.
Legal 500, 2016: Acquisition Finance

"Industry thought leader" Matthew Ayre is "a first-class financing lawyer who is up to speed on the latest market trends".
Legal 500, 2016: Acquisition Finance

Recommended individuals: Andrew Gregson, Jeremy Walsh and Charles Bischoff
Legal 500, 2016: Acquisition Finance

"A very intelligent and astute team who are leaders in their field, especially when it comes to borrower-side work"
Chambers UK, 2016: Banking and Finance

"I think their depth of relevant experience on similar transactions stands out, as does the tenacity they apply in order to negotiate deals efficiently and in short spaces of time."
Chambers UK, 2016: Banking and Finance

Head of the banking practice Matthew Ayre is praised for being "very in tune with the market". He is noted for his deft handling of a wide range of transactional matters, including buyouts, debt restructurings and acquisition and leveraged financings.
Chambers UK, 2016: Banking and Finance

"The team were exceptionally good and helpful"
Chambers UK, 2016: Restructuring and Insolvency

"the lender-side practice is catching up with its strong sponsor practice"
Legal 500, 2015: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

"Travers Smith LLP’s team continues to hold a ‘dominant position advising sponsors in the UK mid-market'"
Legal 500, 2015:  Acquisition finance

"a very strong derivatives team that is able to work confidently with banks and investment managers"
Legal 500, 2015: Derivatives and Structured Products

"Demonstrating the increased willingness in the market to develop student accommodation and healthcare assets, Travers Smith LLP advised Patron Capital Partners on a development framework agreement with Health Care REIT, which involved complex forward-sale arrangements. Patron will develop new care homes, while its partner will fund their construction. The team is led by Matthew Ayre."
Legal 500, 2015


Clients praise Matt Ayre for his ability to "take control of a transaction; he doesn’t argue the small points but focuses on getting the deal done." Market commentators note that he has a "very commercial, proactive approach and he’s very keen to develop a relationship."
Chambers UK, 2015

Charles Bischoff is "awesome. He has got market expertise and specialist knowledge in the areas we work with him on."
Chambers UK, 2015

Jeremy Walsh is a "very commercially minded" practitioner.
Chambers UK, 2015

Clients describe Andrew Gregson's approach as "very calm and very diligent" and say: "He’s a very rational chap to deal with. He’s a very steady pair of hands. He methodically works through things and is very aware of the market."
Chambers UK, 2015

"When we ask for advice we tend to get a response swiftly and it is very much a partner-led relationship. They are able to provide advice on all areas and legal aspects for our business. Ultimately, we get a complete rounded service from Travers Smith."
Chambers UK, 2015

"They’re really proactive in terms of the managing process. They know how we function and they can run a lot of negotiations on our behalf, which is really helpful. A very good team."
Chambers UK, 2015

"A very detailed approach - it is a partner-led firm supported by very good associates. You get more partner interaction with them than potentially some of the other larger firms. They’re particularly good at foreseeing problems down the line."
Chambers UK, 2015

"Travers Smith appears to quickly grasp its clients’ needs and then structure itself appropriately to the relevant deal. On the whole I’ve found the firm pragmatic, flexible, commercial and practical."
Chambers UK, 2015

Danny Peel is "responsive, practical, commercial and pragmatic."
Chambers UK, 2015

"Their advice is always constructive, and can be put to direct use."
Chambers UK, 2015

Jeremy Walsh is recognised as a "very commercially minded" adviser who specialises in debt restructurings. He is highly praised by his sources as "top-quality; an extremely good lawyer."
Chambers UK, 2015

Leveraging the firm’s strong connections in the private equity community, the team at Travers Smith LLP handles a range of sponsor-backed deals, and is also active for distressed investors. Practice head Jeremy Walsh is recommended.
Legal 500, 2014

Travers Smith LLP represents numerous pension and investment funds. Peter Hughes advised Bentley Motors on a £400m insurance-wrapped collateralised transaction to hedge longevity risk.
Legal 500, 2014

"A dominant presence in the UK mid-market private equity space", Travers Smith LLP acts for sponsor clients such as Carlyle and 3i.  Team head Jeremy Walsh advised Bridgepoint Advisers on the Pret a Manger refinancing and also on the financing of the acquisition of Cambridge Education Group. Charles Bischoff and Matthew Ayre continue to build up the lender side of the practice, advising clients such as Silicon Valley Bank.
Legal 500, 2014

At Travers Smith LLP, "the differentiator is the partner-led service and the support of strong associates".  The team includes Charles Bischoff and the "proactive and commercial" Matthew Ayre. Andrew Gregson advised Micro Focus on refinancing a $420m syndicated facility.
Legal 500, 2014

"proactive and commercial" Matthew Ayre.
Legal 500, 2014

Noted for its "very good commercial attitude and commitment to getting the deal done", Travers Smith LLP advises lenders, real estate funds and corporates on investment, development and other real estate backed facilities.  Danny Peel led advice to Peel Holdings in connection with the £266m refinancing of its land bank.
Legal 500, 2014

"They are very heavy-hitting lawyers for the mid-market; very bright and able partners as well as non-partners."
Chambers UK, 2014

"Strong presence in private equity, which has given us insight into the sponsors we're working with on the transactions and what we can expect."
Chambers UK, 2014

"Incredibly efficient and responsive; service level is incredibly high."
Chambers UK, 2014

Matthew Ayre is noted as being "incredibly good at negotiating points that clients think are important and getting them won".
Chambers UK, 2014

Andrew Gregson is highlighted as being "really good to work with and very commercially minded" and described as "very calm and considered".
Chambers UK, 2014

A "nimble’ team", which is noted for its "focused, partner-led service"
Legal 500, 2013

"As good as anyone in London"
Legal 500, 2013




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