Colin Harley

Partner, London


Colin is recommended by The Legal 500 UK, 2021 as a “core member of the leveraged finance team focusing on private equity deals.”


Colin Harley heads the Firm's Banking 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.

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


Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • Exponent Private Equity (Exponent) on the debt finance aspects of a significant investment in the Xeinadin Group "(Xeinadin), a group of business advisory and accountancy practices formed through a transformative merger in 2019.
  • Triton Investment Management Limited on its £1.2 billion recommended takeover offer for Clinigen Group plc and the £775 million financing of the same, through funds managed by leading private equity firm Triton.
  • Ocorian Limited on the acquisition of Nordic Trustee, the leading bond trustee and loan agency provider in the Nordics from the Nordic PE house, Altor.
  • Castik Capital on the debt financing for its acquisitions of Customs Support Group, AllDent, Alpega and Waterlogic.
  • Waterlogic Group, a leading provider of point-of-use water purification dispensers and Castik Capital portfolio company, on its US$925 million (equivalent) TLB refinancing.
  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj on Bain Capital's recommended cash tender offer for all the shares in Ahlstrom-Munksjö.
  • Carlyle European Technology Partners on the debt financing aspects of its acquisitions of Disguise, 1E and Live U.
  • Inflexion Private Equity Partners on the acquisition of Estera, a leading global provider of funds, corporate and trust services, from international private equity firm, Bridgepoint.
  • Inflexion Private Equity Partners and Informa plc on the debt financing for their acquisition of Novantas
  • GSO Capital Partners LP and its affiliates on a three-tier financing package to support Advent International's approximately £4 billion acquisition leading global technology and services innovator Cobham plc.
  • Blue Water Energy on the debt finance aspects of its acquisitions of Severn Glocon and Vasel International.