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Mei Lian

Partner, Corporate Department


Phone: 44-020-3023-5214
Fax: 44-020-3023-5314


Mei Lian is a partner in the Financial Restructuring practice at Paul Hastings and co-chair of the London office. 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 institutional investors, as well as corporate borrowers, issuers, private equity funds and sponsors on a wide range of finance transactions. She has particular experience navigating complex stressed and distressed situations, advising across the entire capital structure, and utilizing various finance instruments. Ms. Lian also represents hedge funds and alternative credit providers in connection with bespoke financing transactions and distressed and restructuring investment opportunities.


  • Named “Dealmaker of the Year” at The Global Legal Post’s inaugural Women and Diversity in Law Awards, 2023
  • Named a 'Leading Individual' for Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency - The Legal 500 UK 2023
  • Ms. Lian is recommended in The Legal 500 UK guide in the following categories: Bank Lending: Investment Grade Debt & Syndicated Loans; Acquisition Finance; and Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency. One testimonial states "Mei Lian is outstanding. The best transaction lawyer I have worked with.” - The Legal 500 UK 2022
  • 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. - The Legal 500 UK 2020
  • 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.”
  • Selected for the IFLR Women Leaders List for 2019-2021 by IFLR1000.
  • 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. as originator on Project Amoeba, involving the securitization of a €1.9 billion portfolio of non-performing exposures, comprising mainly mortgage-backed loans, pursuant to the Hellenic Asset Protection Scheme (HAPS).
  • Represented Carlyle Group, Goldman Sachs and LGT on a preferred equity investment for Apex Group Ltd.
  • 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 Metric Capital and a consortium of investors in connection with their investment in Sanovel, a Turkish generic pharmaceutical manufacturer.
  • Represented King Street Capital on its investment in FC Girondins de Bordeaux. 

    Practice Areas

    Financial Services
    Securities and Capital Markets
    Direct Lending and Private Credit Lending
    Private Equity
    Financial Restructuring
    Global Finance




    England and Wales Solicitor


    Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, B.A./LL.B. 1996

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