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Mayer Brown International LLP

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201 BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, EC2M 3AF, ENGLAND
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Work 020 3130 3000
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Fax 020 3130 3001
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www.mayerbrown.com

Dominic Griffiths

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Work +44 20 3130 3292
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Mayer Brown

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Finance

Position

Dominic Griffiths heads Mayer Brown’s banking and finance group in London, representing financial institutions and companies across a broad spectrum of domestic and international financing transactions. His practice is particularly focused on commercial and investment bank asset-based lending and structured finance. Dominic has in-depth experience with regard to European and Trans-Atlantic cross-border secured loans and trade receivables financings. He also represents clients engaged in the structuring and execution of finance transactions in Italy. The group Dominic leads in London includes lawyers focussing on debt capital markets, derivatives, structured finance, asset based lending, asset finance, project and commodities finance, acquisition finance, restructuring, corporate and real estate finance. The team frequently works with the London office’s substantial corporate, real estate, insurance and litigation groups as well as with lawyers in the firm’s extensive network of offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Education

The College of Law, London 1995; Dip Law; Legal Practice, 1996 Bristol University, BA 1994


Germany: Banking and finance

Financial services: regulatory

Within: Financial services: regulatory

The ‚Äėvery good‚Äô team at Mayer Brown LLP forms part of the firm‚Äôs finance practice and frequently acts at the interface with capital markets law. Following Jochen Seitz‚Äôs move to Hogan Lovells International LLP in October 2017, which followed Alexander Behrens‚Äô departure to Allen & Overy LLP in spring 2017, London-based Dominic Griffiths is now leading the practice. In Germany, Patrick Scholl and counsel Holger Schelling are the key contacts; they routinely advice clients in the financial services sector on MiFID II and MiFIR, the global derivatives regulation, benchmarks, the European Banking Union, bank restructuring issues and the Payment Services Supervision Act (ZAG). Schelling advised DZ Bank on the implementation of MiFID II and MiFIR, and assisted a large German bank with regulatory matters pertaining to the creation of a multilateral digital wealth management platform. The Association of German Banks (Bundesverband deutscher Banken) is another client.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Within: Acquisition finance

At Mayer Brown International LLP, Andrew Crotty has been very active advising private equity sponsors including Stirling Square Capital Partners and Vitruvian Partners on mid-market transactions; he recently acted for the former on a term and revolving facilities agreement to finance its acquisition of The Magnum Corporation and its subsidiaries. Spearheaded by Alex Dell and Dominic Griffiths, the firm is also well regarded for its 'market-leading asset based lending offering' (particularly on behalf of banks) and often implements this product alongside other debt to facilitate the financing of cross-border M&A deals. The recruitment in June 2018 of the 'excellent' Stuart Brinkworth from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP is a major statement of intent for the firm, particularly in relation to the direct lending space. Clients include Barclays, Citibank, HSBC and Nomura.

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Asset based lending

Within: Asset based lending

The 'very strong' team at Mayer Brown International LLP remains a leading player in the market and acts on behalf of a balanced roster of funds, banks, sponsors and borrowers. Able to leverage the product expertise of lawyers in the US team, the team excels at handling cross-border mandates, often in the context of a deal where the asset based lending (ABL) product sits alongside other debt. The team is at the vanguard of developments in the industry and is consequently viewed as a 'safe pair of hands' on novel, less commoditised deals. It is also picking up a significant flow of work for alternative finance providers which are increasingly implementing ABL structures to finance deals; the 'excellent' Dominic Griffiths recently advised Channel Capital Advisors in its capacity as arranger, programme manager and placement agent in a private debt placement backed by short-term trade receivables for a leading Belgium-based global diamond company. Alex Dell also has a 'fantastic reputation in the market' and alongside Simon Fisher acted for Hayfin Services, as agent, in a syndicated ABL facility with German clothing retailer, NKD Services (the borrowing base comprised inventory in over 300 retail outlets and stores in Germany and trade receivables including credit card receivables). Senior associate Charles Thain  is also recommended. Other clients include Barclays, Citibank, TPG Capital and HSBC.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Benefiting from 'good market knowledge and experience across a broad range of financing transactions', including more niche areas such as asset based lending, Mayer Brown International LLP provides an 'excellent level of service' to corporates and banks, particularly in relation to complex cross-border mandates. Although the firm is active across a broad array of sectors, it does have a particularly strong brand for handling bilateral and syndicated financing work within the real estate space; Nigel White recently advised St Modwen Properties plc on a £475m syndicated facility for refinancing and ongoing operational purposes. The 'very commercial and creative' David O’Connor has a 'solid background across a number of different areas', although he is best-known for his real estate-related structured finance prowess. Dominic Griffiths and Alex Dell are the principal partners responsible for handling cross-border asset based lending matters and regularly utilise this product on its own or in conjunction with other debt products to provide general corporate lending assistance or for acquisition finance purposes. Clients include Barclays, Citibank and Wells Fargo.

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Securitisation

Within: Leading individuals

Dominic Griffiths - Mayer Brown International LLP

Within: Securitisation

Mayer Brown International LLP has 'a great knowledge of the industry and is always responsive' The firm is 'very good value for money, develops great client and counterparty relationships and has in-depth knowledge of the market; the advice is detailed and commercial while balancing legal risks'. The firm counts investment banks such as BNP Paribas, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank among its clients, as well as acting for a number of private equity and hedge fund clients. A key highlight from 2017 was the practice's work for Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP on the issuance of commercial backed fixed rate notes through a Luxembourg special-purchase vehicle. It also acted for Channel Capital Advisors LLP as arranger, programme manager and placement agent in a private debt placement backed by short-term trade receivables. 'Technically very strong and very approachable' global co-head of banking and finance Dominic Griffiths and David O’Connor, who has a broad-based securitisation practice but is best-known for CMBS and RMBS transactions, 'are among the best lawyers on the street'. Kevin Hawken, who is qualified in both English and US law, is an expert on both US and EU financial regulation affecting securitisation transactions. Counsel Merryn Craske, who joined the firm from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, handles deals in a range of asset classes including trade receivables, auto loans, consumer loans, insurance premium loans, residential mortgages and commercial mortgages. Senior associate Neal Handa who played a pivotal role in the work for Channel Capital Advisors LLP, is a rising star.

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