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Escrow and settlement services

The expertise of an independent, knowledgeable and trusted escrow and paying agent can make a notable difference to the success of any transaction.

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Dedicated and trusted settlement services

European and UK-based financial & legal regulators have introduced stringent regulations often prohibiting law firms (and notaries) from holding onto client funds and acting as a banking facility. Leading international law firms chose to place funds with us to ensure that client funds are protected and dealt with by a specialised service provider.

We act as an independent third party and specialize in tailor-made escrow arrangements that are geared to service cross-border transactions, governed by the laws of multiple jurisdictions.

Escrow arrangements help protect counterparties in safeguarding their funds and assets whilst conditions are being met. An escrow arrangement protects the transacting parties in the deal by placing funds with an independent third party. Establishing an escrow account allows the transacting parties to avoid a conflict of interest and gain surety of payment once conditions are met.

Our extensive knowledge of both the legal and operational aspects of transactions paired with quick execution and a true understanding of the interests of different stakeholders makes us a leader in our industry.

We offer seamless and integrated execution working alongside transaction counterparties and their advisors. We mitigate potential contractual breaches and offer reliable support for all parties. Escrow accounts are essential as a security mechanism for parties in large and complex transactions, including:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real estate financing, sales & purchases
  • Infrastructure
  • Paying agency and aggregation services
  • Carbon credits, Renewable Obligation Certifications (ROCs) & European Union Allowances (EUAs)
  • Dispute resolution
  • Special purpose acquisition companies (SPAC)

Professional international escrow services

Thanks to our global experience and teamwork, we have been facilitating complex escrows alongside high-value and cross-border paying agency mandates, for more than two decades.

We are supervised by local financial authorities and have been licensed by the Dutch Central Bank to operate as a provider of paying agency and escrow services.

We’ve successfully executed numerous paying agency mandates in all major currencies, often involving FX requirements across multiple geographies and time zones. We’ve demonstrated our flexibility in applying a simple structure to complicated contracts.

Despite the complexity of the deals involved, our wide experience and industry expertise allow us to deal with onboarding rapidly and efficiently while tackling complications and ensuring deadlines are met every time.

Types of escrow transactions

Corporate

These include warranty and indemnity claims, deferred consideration, and stakeholder payments

Capital

This can be investor aggregation and disbursement, settlement of shares and cash consideration, and coupon collateral

Commercial

This includes proof of funds and payment security, collateralised lending structure, and collateral management

Why choose us for your escrow and settlement?

Effectiveness

Even in the most complex transactions, we seek to implement simple and cost-effective structures using straightforward legal documentation, making it easier for you and your legal counsel to work with.

Support

Our dedicated payments team focuses purely on the management, administration, and oversight of all our escrow accounts. We will guide you through the set-up, maintenance, and closure of each escrow account.

Expertise

Our global team includes highly qualified lawyers, bankers and operational specialists.

Tailor-made

We listen to your requirements, review the documentation, and provide bespoke solutions to each transaction.

Efficiency

Our commercial team is fully integrated with our dedicated payment and client on-boarding teams, meaning we can handle queries, and turn around legal documentation efficiently alongside processing your 'KYC' information.