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Hammond Suddards acted for the bank syndicate providing a £105m multi-currency loan facility to finance an acquisition by auto depot chain Kwik-Fit Holdings of continental rival Speedy Europe SA Group. Karen Jarvis, Hammond’s Manchester-based banking partner, led the team. Halliwell Landau advised Kwik-Fit Holdings.

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