Jonathan Lawrence is a finance and restructuring & insolvency partner in the London office. He has a broad finance practice with specific experience of advising financial institutions, lenders, funds, investors, trust companies, securitisation vehicles and concession companies. Mr. Lawrence provides advice on new lending, restructurings, refinancings, enforcements and other finance issues across sectors including international real estate finance (investment and development), Islamic finance, international project finance and corporate finance.
Working closely with dispute resolution, insurance coverage and regulatory teams, Mr. Lawrence provides strategic advice to funds, securitisation vehicles and trust companies.
Mr. Lawrence plays a leadership role in the firm’s Islamic Finance practice. Chambers UK 2016 says “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.'" Legal 500 2015 says “The key differentiator for K&L Gates LLP’s practice is the breadth of work handled, which spans, among other areas, investment funds, real estate, capital markets and asset finance. Practice co-head Jonathan Lawrence is the key London contact; he advised newly established leasing company Renaissance Asset Finance on a financing line from Bank of London and the Middle East. Clients also include Deutsche Bank, Garuda Indonesia and Masraf Al Rayan.” Chambers UK 2015 says: “Recognised in the market as an Islamic finance specialist, Jonathan Lawrence of K&L Gates continues to represent a broad spread of market players. He is also adept at handling international deals with real estate or project finance elements.” Legal 500 says that the team is “led by the well-respected Jonathan Lawrence” (Legal 500 UK 2013) and Chambers says that he is "a finance partner with established expertise in the Islamic finance arena. Clients admire his 'in-depth knowledge' of his subject matter" and he "continues to enjoy the respect of the market. 'He is a real talent,' enthuses one interviewee, who adds that Lawrence 'has a lot of great experience in the area.'" (Chambers UK 2013, Chambers Europe 2013 and Chambers Global 2014) "and describes him as 'very knowledgeable and level-headed.'” (Chambers UK 2012 and Chambers Global 2012). He is also listed for Islamic Finance in Euromoney’s 2014 Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Expert Guide.
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.
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