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Farrer & Co | Martin Blake, Partner

Practice areas

  • Banking and Finance

Martin has over fifteen years’ expertise advising on all aspects of corporate and individual finance transactions for a broad spectrum of domestic and international lender and borrower clients.

Martin has significant experience of high value secured lending, workouts and restructuring, property finance and acquisition finance. He advises corporate and individual lenders, borrowers and sponsors on syndicated, bilateral, secured, unsecured and structured financing transactions. His experience spans transactions secured against a wide variety of assets from land and intellectual property to revenue streams and contractual rights.

Acknowledged by leading market authorities for his efficiency, responsiveness and pragmatic approach, Martin tailors his advice to each client, finding neat and practical solutions to issues and giving them the confidence to navigate the challenges of a changing political and regulatory landscape.

For lender clients, Martin advises on all finance documentation as well as co-ordinating and project managing every legal aspect of the lending transaction.

For borrower clients, his approach is driven by the nature of the loan and how familiar a client is with raising debt finance. His work varies from carrying out a high-level review of a loan agreement or security document, to advising throughout the loan negotiation and drawdown process. 

Lender clients include commercial banks, private banks, debt funds and other alternative lenders. His borrower clients reflect the firm’s varied client base of trustees and trust companies, individuals, partnerships, corporates, charities, sports governing bodies, livery companies, schools and universities. The property sector makes up a key part of his practice. Martin also provides lender advice for clients in the sports, media and entertainment sectors where the assets forming the collateral for the loan are intangible – often in the form of revenue streams. 

Martin regularly collaborates with other teams across the firm, most frequently on property, corporate and private client matters. 

He is an active member of the trainee recruitment panel and the firm’s cricket team. 

Expertise

  • "A "very experienced, knowledgeable and commercial" practitioner"

    Chambers & Partners

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