Colin Harley

Partner, London


Colin Harley is “a popular choice for financial institutions and alternative capital providers, who appreciate his efficiency on deals.”
Chambers UK 2015


Colin Harley heads the Firm's Debt Finance practice in the EMEA region. 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.

Colin is recommended by The Legal UK 500 2017 as a "core member of the leveraged finance team focusing on private equity deals." He is also a Ranked Lawyer in Chambers UK 2016, which notes that he is "known for his sponsor-focused practice".

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
LLB (Hons)
University of Edinburgh
Diploma in Legal Practice
University of Edinburgh


BlueBay Asset Management LLP and Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG in connection with the provision of over €300 million facilities (including a unitranche facility, super senior term and revolving credit facilities and a committed acquisition facility) in connection with the acquisition by Castik Capital S.à.r.l. of two IP warehousing businesses (IPAN and Delegate).

Iris Software, an accountancy software provider, and HgCapital portfolio company, in connection with a refinancing of its Senior Facility and Second Lien Facility and partial repayment of its PIK Facility.

PPF Group on its acquisition of Telenor's telecommunications assets in Central & Eastern Europe for €2.8 billion.

Waterlogic Group, a leading provider of point-of-use water purification dispensers and Castik Capital portfolio company, on its US$490 million (equivalent) refinancing (having also represented Castik Capital on the take private acquisition of the company and the subsequent bolt-on acquisition of PHS-Waterlogic).

Castik Capital on the financing by Ardian of Castik's acquisition of Wolters Klouwer's  transport services division (now rebranded as Alpega).

Anchorage on the financing of the acquisition by French telecoms investor NJJ of a majority interest in eir.

Arjun Infrastructure Partners on its investments in South Staffordshire Water and Welcome Break.

JLA, a laundry and white goods service provider, and HgCapital portfolio company, on its £325 million senior and PIK facilities.

WOM S.A. (a Novator Partners portfolio company) on its various rounds of vendor financing from China Development Bank and Huawei.

HgCapital in connection with the NOK 3,675 million senior facilities arranged by DNB and SEB for CogitalGroup to finance its acquisitions of (i) Visma's former BPO division (ii) Baldwins and (iii) Blick Rothenberg (and subsequent add on facilities).

HgCapital on the debt financings of : Raet (a Dutch accountancy and payroll software provider); The Foundry (a UK/US visual effects software provider); Kinapse (a UK life sciences service provider); and Ullink (a French financial services software company).

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers UK 2015
Banking and Finance (London)

Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 UK 2014
Finance – Bank Lending (London)

Editorial Mention, Legal 500 UK 2018, 2017, 2016
Acquisition Finance - London