New recruits for the Birmingham banking team at Mills & Reeve

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We are pleased to announce that Rory Milligan and Arvin Bhamra have joined the firm as senior associates in our Birmingham banking team.

Rory joins from the London office of New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell and Arvin joins from the Birmingham office of Anthony Collins. Their recruitment follows the recruitment of David Varnham who joined the firm at the start of the year from international firm Allen & Overy with a mandate to establish and grow a market leading banking team. 

Since joining the firm in January, David has advised on a host of regional, national and international transactions including the recently launched management buy-out and delisting of SWP Group (FTSE AIM), a EUR 144 million international refinancing for a house-hold name borrower (one of the largest international finance transactions to be advised out of Birmingham this year) and Urban&Civic (FTSE listed) on their bid to develop the £850 million Mayfield development in Manchester. 

Nationally the firm’s banking team has continued to work closely with all of the leading UK clearing banks and has won a number of high-profile mandates including advising Cardiff University on their £300 million public bond, HSBC in relation to a £53 million working capital facility to Mick George and AgFe Real Estate in relation to a £124 million portfolio refinancing.

David said, “I am extremely excited to welcome Rory and Arvin to the team. Their recruitment reflects our ambition to establish a market leading banking team here in Birmingham. Arvin brings with her a wealth of experience in the real estate finance sector both locally and nationally and Rory, coming from one of the leading international banking firms in the world has experience advising borrowers and lenders on some of the largest and most complex transactions in the market. It has been a busy year so far and the outlook remains positive. Activity levels in the finance market remain buoyant and the finance market in Birmingham and nationally is very much open for business.”

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