Acquisition & Leveraged Debt

Service overview: Acquisition finance and leveraged debt lawyers

  • Acquisition finance is the provision of bank loans or the issue of bonds to fund the acquisition of a company (or parts of a company). This finance can be provided to an existing internal management team (a management buy-out), an external management team (a management buy-in), or a third party (an acquisition).
  • Leveraged acquisition finance is a type of acquisition finance, when a company, usually with a considerable amount of existing debt, attempts to acquire another company.
  • Leveraged finance can be used to achieve a specific, but often temporary, purpose. These include; funding an acquisition, a buy-out, or for a one-time dividend.
  • For a lender, if a potential borrower already has a lot of debt, it implies that the funding is riskier. This may make the borrowing more expensive than normal for the borrower.
  • Leveraged debt financing often involves different layers of finance, which can seem complicated. These range from a senior secured bank loan or bonds to a subordinated loan. Therefore, if you find yourself dealing in this area, you’re likely to require specialist finance law advice.

What we do: Acquisition finance and leveraged finance solicitors

Our acquisition finance solicitors can advise you on securing leveraged finance for your business, or if you’re looking to secure a buy-in, buy-out or acquisition of a company. We can assist you with your requirements and walk you through these processes to guarantee a smooth transaction. Some of the typical documents, agreements and services we would help your business with include:

  • syndicated loan agreements
  • bond prospectuses
  • credit and security arrangements
  • term sheets
  • intercreditor arrangements, such as mezzanine, PIK and second-lien debt, or deeds of priority

A key consideration is to calculate how each type of finance should be raised: if the ability of a company to service its debt is overestimated, the lender may lend too much at a low margin and be left holding loans or bonds they can’t sell to the market. If the value of the company is underestimated, the deal may be lost.

Our finance solicitors will also work closely with our corporate and tax teams to cover all aspects of your deal, so the legal work is seamless for your entire transaction.

Who we help: Borrowers, lenders, private equity investors throughout the UK

We regularly give expert legal advice on leveraged and acquisition finance throughout all stages of a transaction to a wide range of clients, including:

  • investors
  • arrangers
  • established and alternative lenders
  • finance companies and business development companies
  • private equity houses
  • asset managers

This expert advice includes financing for private acquisitions, asset purchases and takeovers.

Why choose Harper James? Our acquisition finance solicitors’ experience

Our acquisition finance and leveraged debt solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 UK law firms or from large international businesses. They each have more than 10 years post-qualifying experience.

Pricing plans

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:


Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.


Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.


Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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