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Jessica N. Mbanda

Senior Associate
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001
Jessica Mbanda is a senior associate at the firm’s London office. Ms. Mbanda is a member of the Finance group and her areas of experience cover most areas of general finance with particular emphasis on real estate, corporate banking, leveraged, trustee side capital markets, Islamic and acquisition finance. Her clients range from senior and mezzanine lenders, group borrowers and trustee/corporate service providers.

Ms. Mbanda has been involved in a wide range of financing transactions including corporate acquisitions and restructures, commercial property acquisitions, development financing, Islamic property and company acquisitions, due diligence on loan book acquisitions and debt capital markets transactions. Whilst Ms. Mbanda has worked on a number of domestic transactions, most involve cross border elements.

Professional Background

Ms. Mbanda qualified as a lawyer in 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Mbanda worked at the London headquarters of an international law firm for over six years, starting as a trainee solicitor.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society (Member)
Corporate and Real Estate Financing
  • Acting for a UK based fund in respect of a number of mezzanine and whole loan CRE lending transactions.
  • Seconded to client to work with the CRE team. Acting for lender in respect of refinance a prominent Dublin hotel. Co-ordinating the implementation of a pan-European receivables purchase scheme.
  • Acting for prominent agency provider on a number of Agency and Security trustee roles.
  • Acting for a UK plc on its refinancing of two subsidiary group property portfolios.
  • Acting for a US investment company in connection with its acquisition of a significant real estate portfolio from a large Irish bank.
  • Advising The Housing Finance Corporation on its on-lending of a number of bond and Tapp issues to various registered providers.

Islamic Finance
  • Acting for a Malaysian pension fund on its external financing of three significant London office properties. Financings were each by way of syndicated commodity murabaha to group companies.
  • Acting for a Malaysian investment entity on its external financing of three London office blocks by way of syndicated lending in a conventional and shari’ah compliant manner.
  • Advising a number of Islamic Investment vehicles on their structured shari’ah compliant acquisition financing, including those structured by Gatehouse Bank and Kuwait Finance House.