Hilary Platt

Partner - Head of Finance

Finance




T: +44 (0)20 7395 3158
hplatt@wedlakebell.com



Expertise

Hilary specialises in asset and acquisition finance. She has acted for financial institutions and corporate borrowers on a wide range of syndicated and bilateral financings often involving cross-border elements. Since joining Wedlake Bell she has acted primarily on property financings (for both investment and development purposes) and acquisition financings.

Hilary also has considerable experience of borrowing base facilities, having acted for various oil and gas exploration and production companies on numerous financings.


Recent Experience

  • Acting for the lender on a £20m financing relating to acquisition and invoice discounting facilities advanced to a recruitment business.
  • Acting for a leading chemist chain in connection with a club financing relating to a £160m acquisition facility.
  • Acting for a restaurant chain on a working capital and capex facility to enable it to fund its continuing expansion predominantly in London.
  • Acting for a joint venture vehicle on a £38.5m refinancing relating to the acquisition of a portfolio of distressed debt.
  • Acting for a private property investment company on a £30m development financing relating to prime residential property in central London.

Career History

Hilary heads Wedlake Bell’s banking team. She qualified at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 1992 and joined Wedlake Bell in 1997, becoming a partner in 2000. As part of her post qualification experience Hilary spent over two years in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Paris office gaining experience of aircraft finance work and is fluent in French.


"Hilary Platt focuses in particular on asset and acquisition finance deals. Sources say she is "very client-oriented and tries to find solutions for us when it comes to tougher negotiations.""


— Chambers UK, 2016

"Hilary Platt is ‘knowledgeable and commercial’, and the practice offers ‘a strong level of commerciality’."


— Legal 500, 2015

"Hilary Platt is 'practical, calm, diplomatic and astute’"


— Legal 500, 2015

"Hilary Platt is a 'very good solicitor - strong technical ability, attention to detail, patient and always on time.'"


— Chambers UK, 2015

"Hilary Platt is 'a very commercial, but also prudent lawyer, whose quick thinking and availability to discuss various matters on a regular and ad hoc basis were of great benefit to us.'"


— Chambers UK, 2015

"'Finance expert' and 'team head' Hilary Platt has significant experience advising both lenders and corporates across a range of syndicated and bilateral financings, often involving a cross-border component'"


— Legal 500, 2017