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Oliver Edwards

Co-Head of Corporate and Structured Lending, London

“I advise on a wide range of financing transactions, working closely with clients to ensure that deals are conducted efficiently and achieve their commercial requirements.”


Education and qualifications


Oliver advises leading banks and corporations on financing transactions globally, and has broad experience in secured and unsecured syndicated and bilateral banking facilities, acquisition finance, project finance, real estate finance and restructuring work.

Oliver has particular expertise in margin lending and structured facilities and has worked on complex margin loans for many different financial institutions, as well as advising several banks on liquidity financings to other financial institutions.

Oliver spent time on secondment working in the legal departments of two leading global financial institutions (Barclays in 2005 and J.P. Morgan in 2010), that provided him with invaluable experience of their internal operations and a deep understanding of their requirements of external lawyers.

In addition to his practice role, Oliver is also Linklaters’ UK Diversity Partner.

Work Highlights

Oliver has advised lenders on a range of financing transactions. These include advising:

  • on the US$2.6bn facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of ViroPharma Inc., the US$850m facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc., the US$5.6bn facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of Dyax Corp. and the US$18bn facilities for Shire plc for the acquisition of Baxalta Inc.
  • on a wide variety of margin loans, including the EUR1.65bn margin loan over Steinhoff International shares relating to the Steinhoff rights issue
  • in relation to structured secured financings for several financial institutions
  • on the facilities for the acquisition by Sky plc of Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Italia Srl
  • on the €2.1bn financing for the acquisition by Axa and Italian infrastructure fund F2i of G6 Rete Gas, an Italian gas distribution network
    on the letter of credit facility in relation to the $1.1bn acquisition by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) of Ascot Insurance
  • on the financing of the Corinthia Hotel, London
  • in relation to the restructuring of the Co-op Group and their £355m post-restructuring facility
  • on the EUR535m bridge facility for Bulgarian Energy Holding and the RON1.687bn bridge facility for RCS & RD
  • in relation to various facilities for OMV, OC Oerlikon, Eurocom and Israel Electric Corporation
  • Vodafone and Rio Tinto on various financings and projects

Education and qualifications

Oliver studied law at Bristol University and achieved his LPC (distinction) at the College of Law, Oxford