Alan Bainbridge

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 3279
United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 3279
Alan Bainbridge

Alan Bainbridge


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Alan Bainbridge is a corporate lawyer based in London. He focuses on strategic M&A and corporate advisory for banks and other financial institutions.

Alan regularly advises on bank-specific legislation and is co-author of the UK chapter in Global Legal Insights' Guide to Banking Regulation 2019. Alan was also previously a member of Barclays' M&A legal team in London, where he advised the bank on a number of notable transactions.

Alan is qualified in both England and Hong Kong and spent a number of years in our Hong Kong office before becoming a partner.

Alan is "excellent in terms of commerciality, board room interaction and credibility" - Legal 500 UK 2019.

Professional experience

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  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales
  • Solicitor, qualified in Hong Kong
  • DVB Bank – advised on the sale of its aviation finance division to Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • Piraeus Bank – advised on the sale of its Albanian bank, Tirana Bank, to Balfin
  • SG Hambros Bank – advised on its acquisition of Kleinwort Benson Bank's business by way of Part VII FSMA banking business transfer
  • Barclays Bank Plc – advised on the US$2.8bn sell-down of Barclays' 62 percent shareholding in JSE-listed Barclays Africa Group Limited, and on the related bank separation arrangements
  • HSBC – advised the independent banking representative on the review and implementation of HSBC's structural reform proposals to comply with ICB's ring-fencing recommendations, as reflected in the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act
  • Barclays Bank Plc – advised on the sale of its French retail banking and wealth management business to ANA Cap Financial Partners
  • Lloyds Bank Plc – advised on its £37bn reduction of capital in connection with its ring-fencing implementation
  • Piraeus Bank – advised on the sale of its Egyptian banking business, by way of auction, to Kuwait's Al Ahli ban ​
  • Goldman Sachs – advised in its capacity as sole underwriter to African Bank's ZAR5.5bn rights offer
  • Absa Bank Limited – advised on its ZAR10bn acquisition of the private label store cards portfolio of Edcon Proprietary of South Africa
  • Royal Dutch Shell Plc – advised on the acquisition of Morgan Stanley's European natural gas and power trading portfolio
  • Lloyds Bank Plc – advised on restructuring its non-core assets book, including several shipping and aviation loan portfolio disposals.

  • Co-author of the UK chapter, Global Legal Insights' Guide to Banking Regulation 2019
  • Contributor, A Practitioner's Guide to Individual Conduct and Accountability in Financial Services Firms
  • Co-author, the Banking Reform Act chapter of Thomson Reuters' Compliance Officer publication
  • Previous articles featured in the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law and the Proprietary Trading Global Comparison.