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Nick Benham


Advises borrowers and debt providers, with a focus on leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings. Extensive experience with public company takeovers.

Nick advises on a wide range of corporate finance transactions, with a particular focus on cross-border leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings on behalf of borrowers and of banks and credit funds providing financing at all levels of the capital structure.

Nick has extensive experience advising on the financing of UK and international public company takeovers, and also advises in connection with financial restructurings for strategic debt investors.

A client quoted by Chambers says, “Nick is exceptional across the board. He’s very commercial but at the same time very diligent and considered with a terrific eye for detail.” Another client declares, Nick’s “experience is second to none,” whilst another says, “I’d put him absolutely at the top of my list of lawyers to recommend.”

Experience highlights

Notable Borrower Representations
  • Financing for Tencent-led consortium’s acquisition of 20% of Universal Music Group 
  • £30.6 billion financing for Comcast’s competitive takeover of Sky
  • $6.4 billion financing for Solvay’s acquisition of Cytec
  • $4.6 billion financing for Dialog Semiconductor’s proposed acquisition of Atmel
  • $2.8 billion financing for Verisk Analytics’ acquisition of Wood Mackenzie
  • $1.85 billion financing for Clarivate Analytics
  • $1.68 billion financing for SS&C’s takeover of Blue Prism Group
  • £1.4 billion financing for Temenos’ proposed takeover of Fidessa
  • $1 billion commodities-based credit facility for Noble Clean Fuels
  • €1 billion financing for Natura’s acquisition of The Body Shop
  • $945 million financing for Nuvei’s takeover of SafeCharge
  • €600 million financing for eDreams ODIGEO
  • $500 million revolving credit facility for Temenos
  • $315 million financing for GeoPark’s takeover of Amerisur Resources
  • €235 million financing for Temenos’ acquisition of Multifonds
  • £140 million financing for Atairos’ acquisition of Ocean Outdoor
Notable Lender Representations
  • $28.5 billion financing for Amgen’s proposed takeover of Horizon Therapeutics
  • $5.32 billion refinancing for Finastra Group
  • $5.14 billion financing for 3G Capital Advisors’ acquisition of Hunter Douglas
  • €3.9 billion financing for KKR’s acquisition of Refresco
  • €1.8 billion financing for Garrett Motion’s spin-off from Honeywell
  • $1.36 billion financing for Apollo’s acquisition of Lumileds
  • $1.1 billion financing for Vista and BC Partners’ investment in Advanced
  • €1 billion financing for Inovyn
  • £745 million financing for GXO Logistics’ takeover of Clipper Logistics
  • £725 million financing for Vista’s takeover of Advanced
  • $725 million financing for Roark Capital’s acquisition of International Car Wash Group
  • $642 million financing for Vista’s acquisition of Accelya
  • £620 million financing for Teledyne Technologies’ takeover of E2V Technologies
  • $461 million unitranche financing for Providence Equity and Searchlight Capital’s proposed takeover of Hyve Group
  • £365 million financing for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s acquisition of Bridon
  • $250 million fund financing for Hollyport Capital
Notable Financial Adviser Representations
  • £71 billion takeover of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • £4.3 billion takeover of Rexam by Ball Corporation
  • £3.3 billion proposed takeover of RPC by Apollo
  • £124 million takeover of Latchways by MSA Safety
  • £115 million takeover of Stride Gaming by Rank Group
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Navigating challenging markets



Chambers UK – Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket

Chambers Europe and Global – Banking & Finance, UK

IFLR1000 – Banking, United Kingdom, Highly Regarded

M.A., University of Oxford
Professional history
  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2014-present
  • Partner, Ashurst, 2010-2013
Qualifications and admissions
  • England and Wales
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