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Nick Benham

Mr. Benham is a partner in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. He regularly advises on a wide range of corporate finance transactions with a particular focus on leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings and financial restructurings acting for borrowers and for debt providers at all levels of the capital structure. Mr. Benham also has extensive experience advising financial advisers on the cash confirmation aspects of takeovers and acting for strategic debt investors.

Work Highlights

Recent representations include advising:

  • Temenos on the bridge financing for its proposed £1.4 billion acquisition of Fidessa Group plc
  • The joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners on the $725 million acquisition financing for Roark Capital’s acquisition of International Car Wash Group
  • Natura Cosméticos on the financing for its €1 billion acquisition of The Body Shop group
  • Noble Clean Fuels on its $1 billion commodities-based revolving credit facility
  • The arranger on the acquisition financing for Teledyne Technologies’ £620 million acquisition of E2V Technologies plc

  • Technicolor on its €450 million term loan facility

  • eDreams ODIGEO on its issuance of €435 million senior secured notes and entry into of €147 million super senior revolving credit and guarantee facilities

  • The lead arrangers, bookrunners and initial note purchasers of the €535 million TLB, €240 million TLA and €300 million senior secured notes issued by Inovyn Finance plc
  • Lazard as lead financial adviser to Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV on its £71 billion takeover of SABMiller plc
  • The lead arrangers and underwriters of the $316 million TLB refinancing in connection with the merger of Bridon Limited with the global ropes and advanced cords business of NV Bekaert
  • Temenos Group on its $500 million multicurrency revolving credit facility
  • Czech Asset Management, L.P. as lender to certain portfolio companies of Platinum Equity, LLC
  • Dialog Semiconductor on the bridge financing for its aborted $4.6 billion acquisition of Atmel Corporation
  • Technicolor in connection with a $295 million incremental term loan facility and the repricing of a $763 million and €301 million term loan facility
  • Lazard as financial adviser to MSA Safety Incorporated on its £124 million acquisition of Latchways plc
  • Solvay on the bridge financing for its $6.4 billion acquisition of Cytec Industries Inc.
  • The joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners on the $4 billion bridge financing for CF Industries’ $8 billion acquisition of certain subsidiaries of OCI N.V. and the amendment and restatement of CF Industries’ $2 billion revolving credit facility
  • Verisk Analytics on the bridge financing for its $2.8 billion acquisition of Wood Mackenzie from Hellman & Friedman
  • Temenos Group on the bridge financing for its €235 million acquisition of Multifonds from Igefi
  • Greenhill & Co as lead financial adviser to Ball Corporation on its £4.3 billion acquisition of Rexam plc
  • The arrangers on the acquisition financing for Vista Equity Partners’ £725 million acquisition of Advanced Computer Software Group plc
  • The arrangers on the acquisition financing for Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan’s £365 million acquisition of Bridon Limited
  • The joint lead arrangers, joint bookrunners and administrative agent on the bridge financing for STERIS Corporation’s acquisition of Synergy Health plc
  • J.P. Morgan in connection with its sale of a portfolio of loans and other securities with an aggregate value of approximately $1.3 billion to Sankaty Advisors, LLC


Mr. Benham is recognized as a leading Banking & Finance lawyer in various industry publications including:

  • Chambers UK
  • Legal 500
  • IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate 

Clients praise him for being a "good technical lawyer who is very conscious and thorough." He is noted as being “particularly good at being fair and acknowledging both sides of the position. I'd put him absolutely at the top of my list of lawyers to recommend."

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2014-present
  • Partner, Ashurst, 2010-2013
  • Associate, Ashurst, 2002-2010


  • Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP
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Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales


  • M.A., University of Oxford, 1998