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Higher education finance, banking and funding

higher education

Universities operate in a globally competitive sector and are constantly having to think more innovatively about how to both maximise existing revenue streams and explore new opportunities. Being able to secure the necessary funding to invest in infrastructure, technology and people amid rising student expectations is essential for higher education institutions (HEIs). As such, finding access to alternative means of higher education funding has become essential.

We work extensively with many of the UK’s largest established financial institutions as well as short-term lenders, asset-based lenders and the new generation of challenger banks to enable HEI funding for our clients in the education sector. Our specialist banking team, with its extensive experience of both UK and cross-border transactions, means we are best placed to help HEIs source and secure the most effective financial solution to meet their domestic and international education business needs.

What we offer

Our banking and finance lawyers have experience advising our HEI clients on the full range of higher education funding, financing and banking matters including:

  • Higher education real estate finance
  • Higher education restructuring
  • Higher education refinancing
  • Higher education project finance
  • Higher education asset-based finance

Why choose Browne Jacobson banking, finance and funding lawyers?

We are known for giving practical and actionable advice that’s based on strong market knowledge. Our services are accessible, easy to use and proactive, while our experts will never shy away from ‘giving a view’. For more information on our higher education funding services, please contact Paul Ray.

Recent experience in HEI funding and higher education real estate financing

  • Advising on a term loan facility being provided by a major UK bank to a university for the construction of a new landmark building.
  • Advising a Midlands university on a significant term debt facility with a major UK bank to help deliver its estate strategy.
  • Advising Loughborough University on the financing of spinouts including the structure, implementation and realisation of its investment.

What our clients say....



Adept at handling a range of finance mandates, from acquisition finance and refinancings to asset-based lending.



I appreciated their willingness to innovate and to not just do exactly what I told them, but think of better ways to do it.



What we like about them most is that they are commercial…they will give you a problem and a potential solution.

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