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 and Partners UK 2020

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.


Clients express "confidence in the advice given," which is "very efficient and delivered to timeline as promised."

Another client appreciates that the team "kept me informed throughout the process, understanding the risks we could face."

Work highlights

Advised CBRE Loan Services on its GBP22.5 million loan to Oakland Group.

Notable practitioners

The "very well respected" Sinead McGrath regularly advises on banking matters including development, acquisition and energy finance. Clients say that "she is highly knowledgeable and a go-to person in Northern Ireland on banking issues."

​The Legal 500 2020

What the team is known for

Carson McDowell has experience acting on the lender and borrower side of domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions, with a particular focus on energy and real estate finance. The team is also active in advising leading financial institutions on lending to SMEs.

Work highlights

Acting for the Northern Ireland Investment Fund on its first investment in Northern Ireland, which involved a £22.5m loan to Oakland Group to finance the Merchant Square redevelopment in Belfast city centre.

Advising AES on the terms of margin finance facilities to be provided by Macquarie Bank to support trading on the Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM).

Advising Prestige in relation to the refinancing of existing facilities with Ulster Bank and in availing of fresh facilities to fund the acquisition of shares in Octane London Market Limited.

Advising Deutsche Bank AG in relation to senior and mezzanine facilities being provided to Apollo to finance the purchase of the Tifco Hotel group (with two hotels in Northern Ireland).

Acting for Foresight Group on the initial acquisition and thereafter the debt financing of a solar photovoltaic development in County Down.

Notable practitioners

Highly regarded practice head Sinead McGrath advises leading banks, peer-to-peer lenders, corporates and energy suppliers, among others.

Significant clients

Northern Ireland Investment Fund, The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland/Bank of Ireland (UK) plc, Ulster Bank Limited and Ulster Bank Ireland Designated Activity Company, Allied Irish Banks plc/AIB Group (UK) p.l.c., Barclays Bank plc, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, BNP Paribas, Northern Bank Limited trading as Danske Bank, Assetz Finance.