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 the lenders on the refinancing of Curaeous, a portfolio company of EQT.

Advised the lenders on the €2.03 billion term loan B for the acquisition of Cott’s bottling business by Refresco.

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.

  • Queen Mary University of London, LLB
  • Author, LMA Publishes RFR Facility Documentation, LIBOR Transition Blog, January 29, 2021
  • Contributor, "Guide for Company Advisers to ESG Disclosure in Leveraged Finance Transactions," European Leveraged Finance Association and Loan Market Association, January 2021
  • Author, Roadmap to the End of LIBOR — Where Are You?, LIBOR Transition Blog, January 19, 2021
  • Author, Financial Challenges Facing English Football Clubs During COVID-19, McGuireWoods Legal Insights, October 20, 2020
  • 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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