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Addleshaw Goddard

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Mike Davison

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Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Finance and projects division.


Partner in the banking team, within the finance and projects division, primarily based in London. He is a specialist in receivables financing, asset-based lending and trade finance, but also regularly advises on all types of working capital finance, including supply chain, supplier and distributor finance transactions. Recent experience includes advising Secure Trust Bank on the launch of its commercial finance division (including drafting precedent finance and security documentation); advising a fund on the provision of supply chain finance in Kenya, Peru, Kazakhstan and Croatia; advising a UK banks on the provision of Shariah compliant asset based lending facilities; advising the UK arm of a US asset based lender on the provision of 'all asset' asset based lending facilities in jurisdictions including England, Scotland and the US; and advising a listed UK corporate in relation to its entry into a non-recourse receivables financing facility structured to achieve full de-recognition treatment for accounting purposes.


Trained Wilde & Partners Solicitors; qualified 2001; associate Hammonds Suddards Edge 2001; partner Addleshaw Goddard 2011.


French (conversational)


Ampleforth College; University of Durham (BA Hons); College of Law, Store Street (CPE; LPC).


Member of Chelsea Football Club; Richmond (Rugby) Football Club.

London: Finance

Asset based lending

Within: Leading individuals

Mike Davison - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Asset based lending

With practitioners spread across its national network of offices,¬†Addleshaw Goddard¬†has an ‚Äėexcellent reputation‚Äô in the market for handling UK-originated ABL deals on behalf of clearing and challenger banks, as well as independents and corporates. Appreciated for its ability to provide ‚Äėhigh-quality advice with a commercial edge‚Äô, the firm provides a ‚Äúcradle-to-grave‚ÄĚ service enabling it to provide holistic advice on new money transactions, in addition to any pursuant restructurings or litigation arising from any given deal. Described by one client as ‚ÄėMr ABL‚Äô, practice head¬†Mike Davison¬†not only regularly leads on the most challenging deals handled by the team but is also noted for his ability to develop new products for clients in the market. Manchester-based managing associate¬†Lauren Priest-Stephens¬†is recognised as a ‚Äėvery effective operator‚Äô; she regularly advises both bank and non-bank clients.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Tapping into longstanding relationships with UK clearing banks, and also regularly servicing corporate clients on their financing requirements, Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for handling mid-market bilateral, club and syndicated mandates, where it is able to provide a 'cost-effective and solutions-oriented service' by virtue of its ability to resource deals from London and out of its regional offices. Co-head Amanda Gray handles a diverse range of corporate banking transactions for lenders and borrowers. The 'commercially-minded' Mike Davison is also recommended and adds increased flexibility on financing deals by virtue of his asset-based lending prowess.

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Trade finance

Within: Trade finance

Addleshaw Goddard acts for clearing banks, overseas banks and funds in trade finance transactions. Mike Davison leads the finance and projects team, in which the firm's trade finance expertise resides. His work includes receivables financing and supply chain financing, Shariah-compliant deals and commodity finance arrangements. Partners Michael Barnett and Richard Clayton handle contentious trade finance matters. Rising star associate James Tarleton plays a key role in asset-based lending, trade finance and specialty finance transactions. One client remarks that the firm's practice has 'real titans in this field with wide ranging experience and expertise of all forms of trade finance transactions and disputes'.

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