McGuireWoods is bolstering its global banking and finance capabilities with the arrival of London partner Alan Holliday, who returns to the firm’s highly ranked debt finance practice after serving in a senior legal role at a leading UK financial institution.
Holliday focuses on cross-border debt finance and corporate law, with an emphasis on drafting and negotiating credit facility agreements for lenders and borrowers. He handles investment-grade, mid-market and mezzanine financings, including financings for mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and real estate.
Holliday rejoins McGuireWoods after nearly five years as a senior legal officer at The Co-operative Bank PLC. He advised on major commercial contracts and outsourcing arrangements, compliance with UK banking regulations and data protection legislation. He was with McGuireWoods’ debt finance practice from 2010 to 2018.
“Alan has a client’s perspective of the challenges and risks financial institutions face in today’s market — insight that’s an asset for our team and banking and finance clients,” said Richard W. Viola, deputy managing partner of the firm’s corporate practice.
Kevin McGinnis, chair of McGuireWoods’ Debt Finance Department, added: “Alan’s longstanding relationships with our clients and his skill negotiating cross-border and multicurrency credit facilities strengthen our significant capabilities in London and the United States.”
McGuireWoods has one of the largest finance practices in the United States and an accomplished debt finance team in London. The firm represents each of the top 10 U.S. banks ranked by assets, as well as fintech companies and broker-dealers.
“Alan has been a valuable contributor to our London practice and we are pleased to welcome him back to McGuireWoods,” said Daniel Peyton, managing partner of the firm’s London office.
McGuireWoods ranked among the top firms for advising lenders in debt finance transactions in 2022, according to league tables published by Refinitiv, Bloomberg and Debtwire. Law360 has twice named McGuireWoods a “Banking Practice Group of the Year” for excellence representing financial services institutions in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters.
“I am delighted to return to McGuireWoods and look forward to renewing relationships with clients and collaborating with outstanding lawyers,” Holliday said.