Emma L. Menzies

Emma L. Menzies


Emma L. Menzies focuses her practice on all types of finance, including general syndicated lending, leveraged finance, project finance and restructurings and workouts. Emma has acted for a wide range of financial institutions, creditor groups, borrowers and other stakeholders.

According to the Chambers UK Guide 2017, Emma is heralded as possessing an “eye for detail and a memory to match” in addition to being “very responsive, extremely practical and business-minded.” She undertakes a broad range of work, including leveraged finance, restructurings and syndicated loans.


  • Syndicated and bilateral lending, both on a secured and unsecured basis
  • Leveraged finance
  • Project finance
  • Restructurings and workouts
  • General bank and institutional finance
  • Property finance
  • Liability management


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  • Acting for SK Telecoms in relation to a $100 million export credit financing.
  • Acting for Pure, a Peruvian biofuel company in relation to a $100 million borrowing base facility.
  • Acting for Schlumberger B.V. in relation to a $300 million facility to its Ecuadorian subsidiary.
  • Acting for Antrim Energy Inc. in relation to a bridge facility document by way of a derivative.
  • Acting for Polkomtel SP. z.o.o in relation to the senior facilities provided to the Spartan Group in relation to $60 billion acquisition of Polkomtel and the refinancing of the same.
  • Acting for Cyfrowy Polsat S.A. in an offering of €350 million, 7.125% senior secured notes and a concurrent senior secured credit facility.
  • Acting for AstraZeneca plc in relation to the restructuring of its $3 billion facilities.
  • Acting for Osprey Equity Partners (part of the LJ Capital Group), as borrower, in relation to development finance facilities used to forward fund the construction of large out of town supermarkets.
  • Acting for Napier Capital, as borrower, in relation to development finance facilities used to forward fund the construction of new Premier Inn Hotels.
  • Acting for ESO Capital in relation to an infrastructure development loan facility.
  • Acting for Happybadge Project Limited in relation to the refinancing of its facilities with HBOS.
  • Advising a West African mining company in relation to equipment purchase facilities with various African banks.
  • Advising Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH in connection with the €9 billion project for the design, development, construction, commissioning, procurement, financing, maintenance and operation of a transnational gas pipeline, and associated infrastructure, connecting Turkey with Austria via Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.
  • Advising Cooperative Centrale Raiffeisen-Borerenleenbank B.A., Rabobank Nederland, New York Branch in connection with the $760 million acquisition by American Sugar of the business and certain assets of Tate & Lyle including the purchase of Tate & Lyle's refineries in London, England, and Lisbon, Portugal, and a license for use of the distinguished Tate & Lyle brand in the UK.
  • Counsel, White & Case, LLP
  • Partner, DLA Piper LLP
  • Associate, Baker & McKenzie
  • Associate, Slaughter and May
  • Trainee/Associate, Cameron Markby Hewitt

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, PERE Global Awards, Law Firm of the Year: Fund Formation in Europe, 2018 
  • Listed, IFLR1000 United Kingdom, 2017-2018
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom, Banking & Finance, 2015-2017 
  • Listed, Chambers Global, Banking & Finance (UK), 2015-2017
  • Listed, Chambers UK Guide, Banking & Finance, 2012-2017
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2012-2017
    • Finance – Bank Lending: Investment Grade Debt and Syndicated Loans
    • Finance – Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales


  • C.P.E., College of Law, 1989
  • B.A., with honors, Manchester University, 1987
    • Bradford Scholar
  • England and Wales