John O’Donovan

Partner and Head of Banking and Finance

John is a Banking & Finance Partner with over 15 years of experience across the financial services sector.

John advises on all aspects of banking and finance for a wide spectrum of lender and borrower clients. These include leading providers of senior and mezzanine debt, bridging lenders, property developers, portfolio landlords and high net worth individuals.


John has significant experience and expertise in high value property finance, restructuring and development finance transactions. This experience has included advising on bilateral agreements, revolving credit facilities, term facilities, letter of credit facilities, bank guarantees, debt restructurings and project financings. He has also advised on transactions secured against a variety of assets from land and wealth portfolios to single stock investments involving multiple jurisdictions.
For lender clients, John can also assist with preparing standard template loan documentation, product terms and conditions as well as other client-facing documentation. He regularly collaborates with other practice areas, particularly company commercial, real estate, development, and private client.
Prior to joining the firm, John spent 9 years in-house leading the Banking Legal team at Investec Bank plc.

Recent Articles


  • University of Manchester (BA Econ)
  • BPP Law School, London – CPE and LPC
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in 2011

Memberships and Recognition

Law Society of England and Wales


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Advice for banks as Evergrande crisis grows

John O'Donovan 08 Nov 2021

John O’Donnovan was invited by The Banker to discuss the due diligence lessons banks can learn from the Evergrande crisis. What should they…

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