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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. She undertakes a broad range of work, including leveraged finance, restructurings and syndicated loans.


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



  • Advised Bracco Imaging S.p.A in relation to the financing for the $450m acquisition of Blue Earth Diagnostics Limited
  • Advised the Stars Group in connection with the $4.7 Billion Sky Betting &Gaming acquisition.
  • Advised Gencom and Benchmark in connection with the strategic investment in etc.venues.
  • Advised Nomad Foods Limited in respect of the senior debt financing for its €240m million acquisition of Aunt Bessie’s.
  • Advised 23 Capital in relation to a facility to a recording artist secured against her composition portfolio;
  • Advised Nomad Foods in respect of its €2.6 billion acquisition and financing of of Iglo Foods.
  • Advised the Cyfrowy Polsat Group in connection with a PLN 12.5 billion senior facilities agreement.
  • Advised the institutional term loan providers in relation to €400m secured corporate multi-debt issuance platform made available to AVR-Afvalverwerking B.V., the leading energy- from -waste company in the Netherlands to refinance its existing indebtedness.
  • Acting for JP Morgan in relation to a number of facilities secured against music and film catalogues;
  • 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 $900 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 DRC Capital, as lender in relation to various real estate acquisition and development facilities
  • Advised Sisram Medical Limited, an Israeli company in respect of the refinancing of its existing bridge facility used to acquire the issued share capital of Alma Lasers Ltd and its subsidiaries.
  • Acting for a family office in relation to the various real estate acquisition and development facilities.
  • 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 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, Slaughter and May
  • Trainee/Associate, Cameron Markby Hewitt

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers Global, Banking & Finance (UK), 2015-2020
  • Listed, Chambers UK Guide, Banking & Finance, 2012-2020
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2012-2022
    • Finance – Bank Lending: Investment Grade Debt and Syndicated Loans, 2012-2020, 2022
    • Property Finance, 2022
    • Transport Finance and Leasing, 2022
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom, Banking & Finance, 2015-2022
  • Team Member, PERE Global Awards, Law Firm of the Year: Fund Formation in Europe, 2018
  • Listed, IFLR1000 United Kingdom,
    • 2021 (Notable Practitioner)
    • 2017-2020 (Highly Regarded)
  • 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