Lee Cullinane

Partner, London


“Lee Cullinane is recognised as an impressive figure in the leveraged finance space, particularly for his representation of lenders. Sources say he ‘knows the points which are important to his achieving the end results for his clients.’”
Chambers UK 2016


As a partner in the firm's Banking Practice in London and Regional Section Head for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Lee advises on some of the most high-profile, cross-border transactions.

His clients, which include financial institutions, private equity groups and corporates, benefit from his hands-on experience and input into finance-related transactions, acquisitions and restructurings.

Lee navigates complex transactions effectively and efficiently, including those that combine European financing elements with high-yield and US institutional debt. Major names such as Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, HSBC and Nomura all rely on Lee for his insight and application.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Queen Mary College, University of London


Bestway Group's £725 million acquisition of the Co-Op Pharmacy, 2014
Lee advised J.P. Morgan and Nomura as global coordinators and bookrunners on the £725 million all-senior loan financing for the Bestway Group's acquisition of the Co-Op Pharmacy.

Advent's bid to acquire Corialis Group, 2014
Lee advised the lenders in connection with Advent's bid to acquire Belgian aluminum systems developer, Corialis Group.

Senior debt refinancing of CliniSys acquisition, 2013
Lee represented Babson Capital Global Advisors Limited, CIT Bank Limited, GE Corporate Finance Bank SAS, HSBC Bank plc and Investec Bank plc as arrangers in a £64 million senior facilities agreement to refinance an equity-funded acquisition of CliniSys Group by Montagu Private Equity LLP.

€1.2 billion take-private financing of Mediq N.V., 2013
Lee advised Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, Rabobank, ING and ABN Amro, on the financing of the €1.212 billion take-private acquisition of shares in Dutch-listed international provider of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, Mediq N.V., by vehicles controlled by Advent International Corporation.

Debt facilities for Pharmaq group acquisition, 2013
Lee advised Danske Bank A/S, Nordea Bank Norge ASA and Bank of Ireland as arrangers of NOK 815 million term and revolving facilities to fund the acquisition of Pharmaq group by European private equity firm Permira.

€236 million senior debt facilities for Unifeeder acquisition, 2013
Lee advised UniCredit Bank AG and Danske Bank A/S as mandated lead arrangers for a €236 million senior facilities agreement for the acquisition of Unifeeder A/S by Nordic Capital from Montagu Private Equity.

Debt financing of online cycling retailer Wiggle, 2012
Lee advised HSBC Bank PLC and Investec Bank PLC as mandated lead arrangers in the debt financing of the £180 million purchase of Wiggle Limited by Bridgepoint. Wiggle is a UK-based online cycling and sporting goods retailer which exports to 88 countries.

Speaking Engagements

"Euromoney Leveraged Finance Conference", 2010 & 2011: (chairman)

Awards and Recognition

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 UK 2015
Finance - Bank Lending: Investment grade debt & syndicated loans

Editorial Mention, The Legal 500 UK 2015
Finance - Acquisition Finance

Notable Practitioner, Chambers UK 2015
Banking & Finance – UK

Leading Lawyer, Chambers UK 2014, Chambers Europe 2014, Chambers Global 2014
Banking & Finance – UK

The Legal 500 UK, 2014
"White & Case LLP provides "excellent service from a consistently impressive team" led by Lee Cullinane."