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Jonathan Lawrence

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Jonathan Lawrence has been a finance partner in the London office since 2005.

Alongside his general banking and finance work, he concentrates his practice on restructuring & insolvency matters -- Legal 500 UK 2016 Corporate restructuring and insolvency “K&L Gates LLP … maintains a ‘quality team’ that includes ‘impressive’ team head Jonathan Lawrence”.

Mr. Lawrence also plays a leadership role in the firm’s global Islamic Finance practice -- Legal 500 UK 2016 Islamic Finance “K&L Gates LLP is singled out for its ‘seamless global service’. Its cross-office team includes London-based Jonathan Lawrence, who has ‘stunning in-depth knowledge of structuring shari’ah-compliant transactions’” and Chambers UK 2016 “One client describes him as a 'real breath of fresh air,' saying: 'What has impressed me the most is his ability to act very quickly when required, with a real sense of urgency and commercial awareness often lacking in other firms.'"

Mr. Lawrence co-chairs the London office’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and sits on the firm’s global Diversity Committee. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Banking & Financial Law and sits on the Consultation Board of Practical Law Finance. He also writes regularly on Islamic Finance, FinTech and Artificial Intelligence.

Professional Background

Jonathan joined the firm as a partner in 2005. He had previously been an associate with a London-based international law firm from 2000 until 2005. He had worked as a trainee lawyer and an associate with another international law firm from 1995 to 2000


  • Named a Financial Times / Outstanding Top 100 Leading LGBT Executive 2015

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Journal of International Banking & Financial Law (Editorial Board Member)
  • Co-General Editor of Practical Lending and Security Precedents (Thomson Reuters loose-leaf)
  • Consultation Board Member of and Regular Contributor to Practical Law Finance
  • ISDA Islamic Finance Committee (Member)
  • Law Society of England and Wales (Member)

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Lawrence speaks at seminars on Islamic finance issues. In February 2012, Mr. Lawrence co-organised and chaired an all-day conference on Islamic Finance: Recent Issues & Career Opportunities, in March 2015 he co-hosted a webinar on Islamic finance in London, Doha and Dubai and in October 2016 he co-organised a UKIFC/ISRA all-day thematic workshop.

Restructuring & Insolvency

  • Advising on the members’ voluntary liquidation of a substantial UK financial services business
  • Representing a U.S. company on the transfer and business and assets within its UK group of companies
  • Acting for the U.S. purchaser of an English company and assets out of administration
  • Advising the administrators in connection with the sale of a UK retail company
  • Representing the trustee in the £50m insolvency of a UK real estate business
  • Obtaining the extension of administration periods over four real estate LLPs
  • Acting for a bank in connection with the financial restructuring of a group of six hotels
  • Advising on the sale of goods out of an Italian insolvency process
  • Representing a U.S. parent company in the reorganisation of its UK companies including members’ voluntary liquidations and striking off
  • Acting for the purchaser of a financially distressed group of UK manufacturing companies
  • Advising the directors of a football club and a sports event company on insolvency issues
  • Representing a Taiwanese company in connection with a financially distressed UK customer
  • Acting for landlords in connection with insolvent tenants
  • Representing a retail company on retention of title issues
  • Advising creditors on Centre of Main Interest issues

Islamic Finance

  • Acting for a national airline on a $125m financing based on ticket revenue streams
  • Representing the borrower in a £35m murabaha facility in connection with the establishment of a trade finance platform with an Islamic bank
  • Advising the general partner of a new $200m U.S. fund on Shariah compliance and board operational matters
  • Acting for an investor purchasing an English retail property with a combination of conventional and Islamic compliant finance
  • Representing a bank in connection with a credit Murabaha facility using a two broker model
  • Advising a construction company in relation to the Nakheel Sukuk
  • Acting for a financial institution on an Islamic-compliant mezzanine real estate facility and related intercreditor issues
  • Advising a concession company in relation to the potential for the Islamic-compliant project financing of a $1.8bn oil shale extraction project in Jordan
  • Advising a Swiss bank in connection with commodity sale and purchase agreements
  • Representing a Swiss bank in relation to the launch of an Islamic compliant commodity fund

Debt Finance

  • Advising on an insurance claim in relation to borrower failure to pay under a syndicated loan
  • Representing a corporate client on a £16m revolving credit facility on group assets (including its Australian Subsidiary)
  • Acting for a group of multinational companies in the technology space borrowing £16m from a major bank
  • Advising on the issue of US$100m of loan notes to a natural resource company’s immediate parent company in connection with a concession from a national government
  • Represented an Australian bank in an amendment of its AUD$210m facility to an international law firm
  • Acting for a high net worth individual in relation to £68m of bank debt secured against private and corporate assets
  • Representing a group of companies in relation to their £50m intra-group and external bank financing reorganisation
  • Acting for a $300m alternative asset vehicle in connection with regulatory and corporate matters
  • Advising a home part-exchange business on asset transfer and refinancing arrangements
  • Representing a retirement villages operator in connection with its financing arrangements
  • Advising a UK bank in connection with the raising of over $30m of lower tier two regulatory capital by way of the issue of loan notes
  • Advising investors in a football club regarding their loan and security arrangements

International Real Estate Finance

  • Acting for a Guernsey company in relation to the release and settlement of amounts owed under a €28m real estate facility
  • Advising two companies on their £21m refinancing secured against three commercial properties 
  •  Representing a high net worth individual in relation to the £26.5m refinancing of his home
  • Acting for the borrower in a £18.2m investment facility secured against a high profile retail property in central London
  • Representing the borrower group in the £170m refinancing of a luxury London hotel
  • Advising the borrower group in relation to the £90m acquisition financing of five government tenanted properties
  • Representing the security agent in respect of a £12m UK acquisition and development facility
  • Advising the security trustee in relation to the redemption of a £34m facility
  • Acting for a Guernsey group of companies in connection with the work out of over €1bn of real estate debt finance
  • Advising a trust company in connection with a £100m real estate portfolio and related debt
  • Represented a retirement villages operator on a development finance facility
  • Represented a real estate fund borrowing £60m from Santander in connection with two central London office blocks

Project Finance

  • Advising in connection with the facility arrangements of an infrastructure fund making Export Credit Agency guaranteed loans
  • Advising the concession company in connection with the negotiation and signing of a $1.8bn oil shale extraction project in Jordan and acting on the subsequent equity and debt fundraising
  • Advised the project consortium on the financing of a UK Government Private Finance Initiative contract to create and maintain a new acute 315 bed hospital at Enniskillen, Northern Ireland worth over £300m in construction and facilities management services