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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.

According to Chambers, clients have noted that Nick is “clever, technical and he understands the key issues well.” Clients praise him as "an exceptional lawyer and trusted adviser who quickly identifies, articulates and navigates issues” and say that “I'd put him absolutely at the top of my list of lawyers to recommend.”

Experience highlights

Borrower Representations
  • Financing for Tencent-led consortium’s acquisition of a 20% equity stake in Universal Music Group based on an enterprise value of €30 billion
  • £30.6 billion bridge and term loan financing for Comcast’s competitive takeover of Sky
  • $6.4 billion bridge financing for Solvay’s acquisition of Cytec
  • $4.6 billion bridge financing for Dialog Semiconductor’s proposed acquisition of Atmel
  • $2.8 billion bridge financing for Verisk Analytics’ acquisition of Wood Mackenzie
  • $1.85 billion financing for Clarivate Analytics
  • £1.4 billion bridge financing for Temenos’ proposed takeover of Fidessa
  • $1.4 billion financing for Technicolor
  • $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 bridge financing for Temenos’ acquisition of Multifonds
Lender Representations
  • $4 billion bridge financing for CF Industries’ acquisition of certain subsidiaries of OCI
  • $2 billion revolving credit facility for CF Industries
  • €1.8 billing 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
  • £725 million financing for Vista's takeover of Advanced
  • $725 million financing for Roark Capital’s acquisition of International Car Wash Group
  • £620 million financing for Teledyne Technologies’ acquisition of E2V Technologies
  • £365 million financing for Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan’s acquisition of Bridon
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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Chambers UK – Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket, London

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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