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Tom Wells

Banking Partner, London

I have been advising banks and corporates for over 20 years on banking transactions, with particular emphasis on structured finance, margin lending and corporate financings. I also advise on bespoke collateral and funding arrangements for insurers and pension funds.


Education and qualifications


Tom is a senior banking partner who has a wide-ranging banking practice specialising in structured finance, margin lending and corporate finance. He acts for leading financial institutions and a number of corporate borrowers operating across a variety of sectors and jurisdictions.

Tom works closely with the firm’s Pensions and Insurance groups assisting banks, insurers and corporates with bespoke collateral and funding arrangements designed to address pension scheme deficits or facilitate large insurance-related transactions. He also advises on the recent legislation requiring UK banks to “ring-fence” their retail operations from their other banking activities.

Tom is responsible for managing the firm’s relationship with a major German banking client. He is a leader of the firm’s bank sector, as well as being a group leader within the Banking practice.

Work highlights

Tom has led on many banking transactions. Most recently, these include advising:

  • numerous banks on margin lending transactions, with underlying shares in the UK, Russia, Spain, Portugal and Israel
  • a major UK bank on collateralisation of its obligations under various pension schemes
  • the lenders of John Laing’s £400m syndicated facilities
  • the lenders of Harrods’ £850m syndicated facilities
  • Graff Diamonds on its US$470m senior secured facilities
  • House of Fraser on its £225m senior secured facilities
  • Kier on its £380m corporate and acquisition facilities and €100m schuldschein
  • Redrow on its corporate and development facilities
  • Deutsche Bank on the £1.8bn disposal of the commercial real estate loan book of Deutsche Postbank London branch

Education and qualifications

Tom holds a combined BA/LL.B (Hons) degree from The University of Adelaide, where he also completed an LL.M.