Lee Cullinane Partner

Lee is a partner in McGuireWoods’ London office and leads the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) finance group. He is highly respected in the EMEA market and beyond for his ability to guide clients through sophisticated financing transactions.

Lee represents lenders and private equity firms in cross-border and emerging markets transactions, including financings, acquisitions and restructurings. His cross-border work includes deals that combine European financing elements with high-yield and U.S. institutional debt. Recognized by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 for leveraged finance, acquisition finance and bank lending, Lee is routinely engaged by leading banks and other clients for his deep insights and experience.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Lee led the EMEA bank finance group of a large, international law firm.


Advised Hayfin, Commerzbank and Siemens Bank, as mandated lead arrangers, on the financing of THI Investments’ acquisition of EPCO.

Advised the lenders in relation to the refinancing of Kiwa by way of a €400 million syndicated cov-lite financing.

Advised J.P. Morgan and Nomura as global coordinators and bookrunners on the £725 million all-senior loan financing for the Bestway Group's acquisition of the Co-Op Pharmacy.

Advised lenders in connection with Advent’s bid to acquire a Belgian aluminum systems developer.

Represented Babson Capital Global Advisors Limited, CIT Bank Limited, GE Corporate Finance Bank SAS, HSBC Bank plc and Investec Bank plc as arrangers in a £64 million senior facilities agreement to refinance an equity-funded acquisition of CliniSys Group by Montagu Private Equity LLP.

Advised Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, Rabobank, ING and ABN Amro, on the financing of the €1.212 billion take-private acquisition of shares in Dutch-listed international provider of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, Mediq N.V., by vehicles controlled by Advent International Corporation.

Advised UniCredit Bank AG and Danske Bank A/S as mandated lead arrangers for a €236 million senior facilities agreement for the acquisition of Unifeeder A/S by Nordic Capital from Montagu Private Equity.

Advised HSBC Bank PLC and Investec Bank PLC as mandated lead arrangers in the debt financing of the £180 million purchase of Wiggle Limited by Bridgepoint. Wiggle is a UK-based online cycling and sporting goods retailer which exports to 88 countries.

  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Queen Mary University of London, LLB
  • Author, "Where Banks Grow Cautious, Other Investors Pick Up the Leveraged Loans Baton," Legal Insight, March 27, 2019
  • Co-Author, "Transferability – An Attempt to Take the Heat Out of the Transfer Market," Legal Insight, April 27, 2018
  • Co-Author, "European Leveraged Debt Lifts Off," Legal Insight, 2018
  • Author, "The Future for European Leveraged Debt," Legal Insight, January 31, 2018
  • Author, "Issuers in the Driving Seat," Legal Insight, January 31, 2018
  • Co-Author, "Leveraged Debt Storms Back in 2017," Legal Insight, January 31, 2018
  • Co-Author, "Setting the Right Agenda for TLBs," Legal Insight, April 27, 2017
  • Author, "European Leveraged Debt 2016 in Review," Legal Insight, January 30, 2017
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