Banking & Finance

Henry Davis York has a market leading reputation for working on some of the most significant, complex and well-known deals in the market over the last few years.

Our understanding of the unique and ever changing financial services landscape, depth of relationships and enterprising approach is why we're the number 1 choice of some of the major players in the Australian financial services industry.

Our focus on the financial services sector started way back in 1893 with our relationship with the Bank of New South Wales, which we now all know as Westpac Banking Corporation. Fast forward over 100 years and we now work with all 6 of Australia’s Big Banks.

Our relationship with this sector extends far beyond the Big 6 Banks. Our other financial services clients include Centuria Group, Citigroup, Eureka and W. R. Berkley Insurance Australia, Henderson Global Investors, Investec, Man Investments, Sunsuper and UBS. We also have strong relationships with the relevant regulators and industry bodies including APRA, ASIC, AIMA, INSOL, the RBA and the Financial Services Council.

The team's expertise and experience caters for the full range of financial services client requirements: from large scale institutional syndicated transactions through to bi-lateral corporate and mid-market transactions and cross-board matters.

They are very professional, and possess a high attention to detail as well as the ability to research and form views on untested legal issues. They are always available when we need to discuss complex matters.

Our Top Independent Endorsements

Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
IFLR 1000
  • IFLR 1000
  • Banking & finance
  • 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Banking & finance
  • 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Our Top Banking & Finance Insights

Not-for-profits under financial stress – what does this mean for you?

  • 18 May 2017

News reports in recent days that the Newcastle Anglican Diocese is facing a $1 million shortfall in this financial year is a timely reminder of the risks facing lenders into the church and not-for-...

Insolvency Law Reforms – how they affect you

  • 10 May 2017

Australian insolvency laws have been criticised for precipitating value destruction and terminal decline in the life of a company.   To address this the Australian Government recently r...

Court approval required for post-administration security interest grants

  • 31 Mar 2017

In a decision of the Federal Court of Australia handed down today, the Court has clarified that lenders to companies in external administration taking registered security interests under the Person...

Proposed industry funding model for registered liquidators warrants serious consideration

  • 30 Jan 2017

Fundamental aspects of the Federal Government's proposed industry funding model for ASIC's regulatory activities with respect to registered liquidators warrant serious consideration.In Nove...

Our Banking & Finance Experience

Big 4 Bank syndicate

Advising the banking syndicate on its $430m syndicated facility in connection with the recapitalisation and refinancing of the Redcape Property Trust.

Centuria Capital Limited

Acted for ASX listed Centuria Capital in relation to the sale of a $125m reverse mortgage portfolio.

Eureka Funds Management

Acted for Eureka in establishing a complex debt funding arrangement of $500m for one of its superannuation fund clients. The funding was structured as a "treasury trust" designed to provide flexible debt funding for a portfolio of real property assets held in a series of sub trusts.

Morgan Stanley Real Estate

Acted for a global real estate special situations fund in respect of its acquisition of 2 large portfolios of non-performing real estate loans from the Lloyds Banking Group backed by security over residential, commercial and retail developments across the eastern seaboard of Australia. With a face value in excess of A$1.5bn, these were at the time the largest ever non-performing portfolio sales undertaken by any financial institution in Australia.

Syndicate of global insurance companies

Acted on the world's first syndicated bank guarantee facility placed exclusively with the insurance markets in relation to Woolworths Workcover arrangements.