Prior to joining Bell Gully in 2023, Carla has previously worked in the banking and finance team at Ashurst in London. This included a secondment to Lloyds Bank and as in-house legal for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (including acting as Head of Legal). In 2022, Carla completed a sustainable finance program from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in the UK.
Carla is a senior associate in Bell Gully’s banking and finance team. She has widespread experience advising on capital markets transactions and regulatory projects.
Carla has extensive experience acting on large-scale cross-border portfolio transactions and single asset sales of loan and hedging assets for major global financial institutions, including advising RBS and Lloyds on the sale of their UK and European non-core assets on the secondary market.
Carla also has experience advising on international banking and capital markets matters including corporate financing transactions, general banking advisory work and both public and private investment banking mandates.
She has also advised on a number of large regulatory projects, including LIBOR transition, the Ring-Fencing Transfer Scheme and Brexit.
International work highlights
Advising CIBC on the transfer of its European operations from the UK to a new European banking subsidiary, which involved working with the ECB and CSSF to obtain a Luxembourg banking license and the establishment of a new banking subsidiary in Luxembourg.
Acting for Deutsche Bank on the purchase of the two largest tranches of the circa €9.3bn IBRC loan portfolio sale.
Commerzbank Advising Commerzbank on the disposal of a £5.5bn UK commercial real estate platform (owned by Hypothekenbank) and the related performing and distressed books of assets to Wells Fargo and Lone Star.
Advising a European bank on the restructuring of its 20 highest value loans, including the redrafting and negotiation with borrowers of all credit documentation as part of a bank restructure.
Advising a European bank on the sale of UK leverage/corporate loan connections including associated hedging and equity with an aggregate value of £1.8billion and the sale of its Scottish real estate finance portfolio, valued at 1.2billion.