Banking & Finance

Carson McDowell has a cutting-edge reputation in banking and financial services through our strong links with major lenders locally and globally, including Bank of Ireland, Bank of Scotland PLC, Barclays Bank plc, HSBC Bank PLC, Santander UK PLC, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Credit Suisse, First Trust Bank, Northern Bank Limited, Closed Asset Finance Ltd and Lombard North Central Plc.

We advise many of the major domestic financial institutions and many of the world's leading international banks, finance houses, investment managers, investment funds, insurance companies and other financial services firms operating in Northern Ireland.

Our specialist lawyers work with teams across the firm to provide comprehensive in-house support for clients managing multi-faceted corporate and financial matters. Our lawyers also accept instructions from leading law firms across the UK, the Republic of Ireland and further afield in relation to all aspects of banking and financial services.

What we do

  • Asset Finance Leasing and Receivables
  • Corporate finance
  • Debt Securities
  • Leveraged & Acquisition Finance
  • Property Finance
  • Invoice Discounting/Factoring
  • Project Finance
  • Energy and Renewables Finance

What Others Say About Us

Chambers UK 2021

What the team is known for

Respected practice active on behalf of both domestic and international banks. Advises on the full range of banking matters including acquisition finance, asset-based lending and project financing. Particularly active advising clients on real estate finance. Regularly handles high-profile mortgage portfolio sales and complex refinancing. Capable of practising in both Northern Ireland and England & Wales.


"They are very good and easy to work with. You get a lot of comfort knowing they are handling your issues securely," comments an interviewee.

Clients praise the team for being "very professional and thorough."

Work highlights

Represented Citibank on the Northern Irish aspects of its £5 billion loan portfolio acquisition from UK Asset Resolution.

Notable practitioners

Sinead McGrath

​The Legal 500 2021

Carson McDowell is a key player in the market for real estate finance mandates and is highly skilled in financing the acquisition and development of commercial and residential properties. Sinéad McGrath leads the team and has advised domestic and international banks and financial institutions on financing developments in the retail, hospitality and education sectors. McGrath is often supported by senior associate Emma Copeland, who has significant experience advising on housing association issues and residential developments.

Key clients

  • Danske Bank
  • Investec
  • Bank of Ireland UK
  • First Trust Bank (AIB Group (UK) p.l.c.)
  • Co Operative Bank
  • Citibank
  • Atom Bank
  • Selina Finance Limited
  • Waterfall Asset Management
  • Cullaun Capital DAC
  • ERE Group
  • Fane Valley Co Operative Society
  • Ulster Bank / The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Barclays Bank PLC