Mei Lian is a partner in the Finance and Restructuring practice, based in London. She has a broad and extensive practice with years of experience across a wide spectrum of high-end finance transactions, which often involve cross-border features.
Ms. Lian focuses her practice on representing banks and institutional investors, as well as corporate borrowers, issuers, private equity funds, and sponsors on a wide range of finance transactions. She has particular expertise navigating complex stressed and distressed situations. Ms. Lian also represents hedge funds and alternative credit providers in connection with bespoke financing transactions and distressed and restructuring investment opportunities.
Accolades and Recognitions
Recommended for Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency, Bank Lending: Investment Grade Debt, and Syndicated Loans and Acquisition Finance and is recognised as an "incredibly gifted" key member of the bank lending team. Sources also note, "Mei Lian has a knack for explaining complex things in a clear, easy to understand way. Her manner has often helped defuse heated negotiations and drive them to success through a constructive and business friendly ability to think out of the box." Legal 500 UK, 2020.
Recognised as the best lawyer in Insolvency & Restructuring at the Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2018.
Magdalene College, Cambridge, B.A. (LL.B.) with honors
Represented Nokia Corporation in connection with its €1.5 billion five-year multicurrency revolving credit facility, which included a sustainability feature tracking Nokia's key sustainability targets relating to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Represented Piraeus Bank S.A. in the sale of an approximately €1.95 billion portfolio of non-performing corporate credit exposures to Bain Capital Credit LP, which was the first time a portfolio of commercial real estate-backed, non-performing credit exposures had been sold in Greece.
Represented Piraeus Bank S.A. in connection with its €4.933 billion recapitalisation, which included an exchange offer and consent solicitation for certain outstanding senior and subordinated securities.
Represented Metric Capital Partners in connection with an investment in a pharmaceutical company.
Represented Carlyle Credit Opportunity Fund, Attestor Limited, King Street Capital, and other funds on various financing transactions.
Represented The Frigoglass group in connection with the restructuring of its existing indebtedness, which included €250 million 8.25% senior notes due 2018 issued by Frigoglass Finance and over €80 million of existing bank debt across eight facilities agreements, through a scheme of arrangement.
Represented a consortium of funds in connection with the restructuring of a portfolio of care homes in connection with the Four Seasons Healthcare Group restructuring.
Represented Various hedge funds in connection with their investments in distressed and special situations opportunities.