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Sarah Francis

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OVERVIEW

Sarah is a partner of Maples and Calder's Banking and Finance team in the Maples Group's Dublin office. Sarah has extensive experience advising on domestic and cross-border banking transactions. Sarah's practice focuses on advising lenders and borrowers in relation to corporate debt facilities, acquisition financing, real estate financing (investment and development), fund financing and debt restructurings. 

BACKGROUND

Sarah was elected as a partner in 2016. Prior to joining the Maples Group, she worked in the banking team at Allen & Overy in London and Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester.

The Legal 500 2021 has named Sarah a 'Next Generation Partner' and clients describe Sarah as "extremely practical, responsive and pleasant to deal with. She guided us through a challenging transaction in a pragmatic manner, going above and beyond to complete under a tight deadline. I would have no hesitation in recommending her and look forward to working with her again".

IFLR 2021 has ranked Sarah as 'Highly Regarded' and clients attest that Sarah is "Very clear communication, technically very strong and very personable", "Professional, timely and knowledgeable" and "Excellent project management skills, customer service, attention to detail, responsiveness, knowledge of their field and communication".

In Chambers Europe 2021, clients report that Sarah is "really commercial" and note her ability to give "sensible, commercial advice". She attracts further praise for her direct involvement in matters. Her broad practice encompasses real estate development finance, acquisition finance and loan-on-loan facilities.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Member of the Law Society of Ireland

Member of 100 Women in Finance

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Finance

Banking

Acquisition and Leveraged Financing

Fund Finance

Real Estate Finance

Sustainable Finance

BAR ADMISSIONS

2007 - Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (not practising)

2010 - Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland

EDUCATION

University of Manchester, BA (Hons) Accounting and Law, 2003

Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2004

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