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" - The 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.
  • Macquarie Bank - advised PGGM on its acquisition of a 25 percent stake in Macquarie AirFinance.
  • 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.
  • HSBC – advised on the sale of its Brunei retail and commercial banking portfolios to Baiduri Bank.
  • 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.
  • Morgan Stanley – advised Royal Dutch Shell plc on its 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.​
  • National Bank of Greece – advised on its circa Euro 262m non-performing shipping loan portfolio to Cross Ocean Partners, the first such disposal under Greece' law 4354/2015 on non-performing loans
  • 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.