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Milana Katz

Real Estate Finance & Banking
Practice areas:
  • Banking
Expertise includes:
  • Bridging Finance
  • Business Loans
  • CBILS Loans
  • Peer-to-Peer Loans
  • Secured Lending
Other languages spoken:
Russian Hebrew
Milana Says:
“My clients know that I will get the deal done as quickly as they need, whilst taking all necessary steps to ensure every detail is covered and accounted for.”

Meet Milana

Since qualifying into the Banking team at Lawrence Stephens in November 2019, the majority of my clients have included leading lenders, banks, alternative debt providers and corporate borrowers. 

My practice focuses on Banking and Secured Lending transactions.  I have experience working on Real Estate Finance term loans and bridging loans (including acquisitions, refinances and development loans) across different asset classes as well as business loans, peer to peer loans, CBILS and Recovery Loan Scheme loans.  I relish in providing valuable technical expertise and advice, as well as taking a prudent and commercial approach where appropriate to get the deals done.

I have confidently and successfully managed the completion of numerous loans ranging between £100k-£30m of varying complexity.  My appreciation for the need to get loans completed quickly propels me to deliver the best service to my clients.  

When I am not getting deals over the line, I enjoy spending time with my dog, Siggy, a shelter dog that I brought over to the UK from Israel.  I also have a passion for cooking, with a special interest in Uzbek and Georgian cuisines. 

I speak Russian and Hebrew and consider myself a ‘global citizen’ because of my varied international background and upbringing.

Experience highlights 

  • Assisting several lenders with numerous CBILS applications and loans.  Loan amounts vary from £150k-£2m to assist SMEs who have been affected by the pandemic with working capital to help sustain their businesses
  • Acted on behalf of a bridging lender to complete on a £2.86m loan to assist the Borrower with the purchase of a mixed-use property in Surrey.
  • Acted on behalf of a challenger bank project managing an investment loan facility of £2.2m to a corporate borrower for the purposes of refinancing the Borrower's existing debt in respect of a residential property with a single commercial unit in Crouch End
  • Acted on behalf of a corporate borrower (an alternative debt provider), who successfully drew down on the first tranche of its revolving facility in the amount of £310m from a reputable challenger bank in February 2020
  • Acting on behalf of individual borrowers based in Germany on a £2.5m loan to be used for the purposes of refinancing its existing debt in respect of a property located in Ealing and assist with the development costs associated with converting the said property into residential units

“Milana has worked on our secured real estate transactions and has always been extremely adaptable; providing innovative solutions to complex problems that have arisen. She is very professional and hard-working.”

Max Herman, Lendhub