Meryem Hassan is a finance lawyer who advises clients on a wide variety of cross-border and international financing transactions, including asset-based lending transactions, refinancings, special situations, distressed debt funding, and general banking and finance transactions across a number of industry sectors including retail, manufacturing, aviation, and mining. She acts for all classes of investors including banks, financial institutions, hedge funds, and asset managers, with a particular focus on special situations, restructurings, and turnarounds. Meryem also advises clients on corporate transactions and reorganizations. She has been consistently recommended in The Legal 500 for Asset-Based Lending.
Meryem has experience in the aviation sector, including advising secured lenders providing working capital financing to airlines and aviation maintenance businesses, advising airlines renegotiating the terms of their aircraft leases and arrangements with credit card providers, and advising airlines and their creditors in insolvency. Meryem advised the consortium on the acquisition and subsequent administration of Flybe, formerly Europe’s largest regional airline, and several significant creditors of Thomas Cook.
Meryem’s experience also extends to the retail space, advising secured lenders lending to online and bricks-and-mortar retailers from a transactional finance perspective and through workouts, restructurings, and insolvencies in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Advised market-leading lenders on major asset-based lending transactions
Advised on the reorganisation of existing asset-based facilities resulting from group company reorganisations
Advised companies on their financial and operational restructurings
Advised secured and unsecured creditors on legal and strategic options in distressed situations
University of Cambridge, Saint Catharine's College, 2015, M.A.
University of Law, Moorgate, 2012, LPC
University of Cambridge, Saint Catharine's College, 2011, B.A.
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Finance: Asset-Based Lending, The Legal 500 UK (2020, 2021)