Colin Harley | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Colin Harley
Colin Harley

Colin Harley

Partner, London

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Colin Harley is “a popular choice for financial institutions and alternative capital providers, who appreciate his efficiency on deals.”

Chambers UK 2015


A partner in White & Case's Bank Finance Group, Colin focuses on advising financial sponsors and alternative capital providers on leveraged acquisition finance and financial restructurings. Clients benefit from his experience, pragmatism and technical understanding of leveraged loans and debt restructuring transactions.

Ranked as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers UK 2015, he is recommended by The Legal UK 500 2014 as a "private equity specialist", and was described by Chambers UK 2014 as "pragmatic and technically excellent."

Colin joined White & Case in May 2014 from the London office of a Scottish commercial law firm.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • Scotland


  • LLB (Hons), University of Edinburgh
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Edinburgh


  • English


Novator investment in Aasa

Colin advised Novator, a private equity house, on its  €30 million investment in the Aasa group.

Iris Capital refinance

Colin advised accountancy software provider and HgCapital portfolio company Iris, on its £430 million refinancing and recapitalisation involving senior, second lien and PIK facilities.

Castik Capital's acquisition of Waterlogic plc

Colin advised Castik Capital, the German based private equity firm set up by Michael Phillips, the former head of Apax Germany, on the take private acquisition of Waterlogic plc, a leading provider of point-of-use water purification dispensers. The 151 pence per share acquisition values the AIM-listed company at £125 million and represents Castik's first transaction since being established in 2014.

Ullink acquisition of NYFIX and Metabit businesses

Colin advised Ullink, a French software company and HgCapital portoflio company, on its US$125 million acquisition financing of NYFIX and Metabit businesses from Intercontinental Exchange Inc.

Novator investment in Nextel Chile S.A.

Colin advised Novator Partners LLP, a private equity house, in its investment in Nextel Chile S.A., Chile's fourth largest mobile telecommunications provider. As part of the transaction, Novator acquired a 92% stake in Nextel and invested in the business through a preferred debt instrument, as part of a growth strategy involving extensive infrastructure development.

Nitrogen Investments Ltd. margin call loan

Colin advised Nitrogen Investments Ltd. on its US$120 million margin call loan secured by shares for general corporate purposes.

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe sale of GlobalCollect

Colin advised Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe on the sale of its portfolio company GlobalCollect, the Dutch-based leading full service Payment Service Provider, to Ingenico S.A for €820 million.

HSH Nordbank funding transaction

Colin advised HSH Nordbank as originator of the 'CASTELLUM ABF' funding transaction, which was collateralized by a portfolio of commercial real estate loans secured by English law-governed mortgages. It is HSH Nordbank’s third US dollar refinancing since it established its own asset-based funding platform in 2013.

Novator investment in MoDe

Colin advised Novator, an international investment firm with a particular emphasis on emerging markets and special situations, on its investment in MoDe, a technology company that provides mobile value added services to mobile network operators in emerging nations.

Healthcare bidders*

Colin represented bidders for Swedish private healthcare provider Ambea, and for BUPA hospitals.

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers UK 2015

Banking and Finance (London)

Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 UK 2014

Finance – Bank Lending (London)