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Victoria EdwardsPartner and Head of Banking and Finance, Head of Real Estate Finance
Victoria is Head of Forsters' Banking and Finance and Real Estate Finance teams. She advises lenders and borrowers in relation to all areas of banking and finance.
She has particular expertise in the real estate finance sector (both investment and development). Victoria has acted on a large number of residential development schemes, including prime residential London and non prime residential schemes all over the UK, student accommodation, PRS and alternative living, both in and out of London. She also acts for various hotel owners and operators in the UK and Europe on all their financing requirements, as well as advising family offices about the banking requirements of their investments.
Victoria's lender clients include challenger banks, retail banks, debt funds, bridging and mezzanine lenders and alternative lenders, while her borrower clients comprise developers, onshore and offshore investors, corporates, family offices and high net worth individuals. Many of her clients are international.
Described by commentators as an 'excellent negotiator' who is 'practical' and 'always responds quickly', Victoria is noted for her pragmatic and efficient approach as well as her responsiveness and ability to get deals done quickly. She consistently offers her clients robust and commercially sound advice.
The Covid-19 pandemic created a perfect storm for the hotels sector and, despite ever improving signs of recovery, the resulting devastation will take time and innovation to repair. Unprecedented economic life-support provided by the UK government over the last two years has kept the gathering clouds at bay, but there could well be casualties in 2022 and beyond. This was the conclusion of a roundtable discussion hosted by Forsters on 10 November 2021.
The government has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and has made it clear that the financial services play a key role in supporting this by financing the 'greening' of the economy.
As we move into a period where restrictions are eased and businesses and workplaces are reopening, and furloughing will start coming down, many business owners and their employees will be navigating the challenges of returning to work and the business decisions and costs that go alongside that. We have set out, below, a summary of the government-backed loan schemes available to businesses to support industry as we collectively work towards a "new normal".
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"Victoria Edwards is an excellent negotiator and strongly supports her clients." The Legal 500 UK, 2022
“Victoria Edwards [is] an 'excellent negotiator' who is 'practical' and 'always responds quickly'.” The Legal 500 UK, 2019