Mr Dominic Griffiths > Mayer Brown International LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Mayer Brown International LLP
201 BISHOPSGATE
LONDON
EC2M 3AF
England
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Work Department

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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

The ‘very experienced and well balanced’ team at Mayer Brown International LLP provides ‘solutions-oriented and commercial’ advice to a bank-focused client base across a range of syndicated and bilateral new money mandates and refinancings. The firm’s versatility across a range of products (including asset based lending and structured finance) and jurisdictions is a key strength, ensuring that it provides ‘very clear/strong transaction leadership and advice through complex situations’. Appreciated for his ability to ‘balance different stakeholders’ needs‘, Trevor Borthwick is an excellent resource to both creditors and debtors on new money corporate lending transactions, as well as in a restructuring/distressed scenario. Asset-based lending experts Alex Dell and Dominic Griffiths co-head the overarching banking and finance team that also includes the ‘dynamic’ Ash McDermott, who provides ‘brilliant structuring advice’ to lenders on large international syndicated finance transactions, including on transactions within the emerging markets.

London > Finance > Securitisation

(Leading individuals)

Dominic GriffithsMayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has ‘a great team with strong sector and legal knowledge, willing to put the resources necessary to deliver the required results‘. One source remarks that ‘the team impresses not only with its capacity to handle various deals at one time but also with its growing role in the market‘. The firm has experienced a sharp rise in corporate securities and receivables work, which includes a large volume of technology deals, and it continues to advise the full spectrum of market participants including investment banks, alternative credit providers, private equity and hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and multinationals. Global co-head of banking and finance Dominic Griffiths is ‘at the top of the game for securitisation and structured finance transactions‘. He acted for BNP Paribas, Citibank and Citigroup in a $3bn cross-border securitisation of trade receivables originated by subsidiaries of Chinese technology company Lenovo Group. David O’Connor is a go-to lawyer for the largest and most prominent investment banks in the CMBS and RMBS market. Dasha Sobornova is increasingly visible in the CLO market, advising arrangers, investment managers and corporate service providers.

London > Finance > Asset based lending

(Leading individuals)

Dominic GriffithsMayer Brown International LLP

Appreciated by clients for its ‘commerciality and attention to detail’, as well as its aptitude at ‘establishing the art of the possible’, Mayer Brown International LLP remains best-suited to advising lender clients on complex debt financing solutions where the ABL product is utilised either on its own or alongside other financing techniques to facilitate often highly bespoke solutions. A considerable volume of the work has a cross-border complexion, either in the context of US-originated deals or European deals for US-owned lenders; in this regard the team has been at the vanguard of the migration of US techniques/terms to the European market. Dominic Griffiths has ‘a broad knowledge base and a lot of authority in the market’ acting both on behalf of conventional banks, and alternative credit providers which are increasingly willing to utilise ABL and receivables financing techniques in the context of direct lending mandates. Griffiths co-heads the team alongside Alex Dell, whose ‘unrivalled in-depth knowledge of the ABL market’ enables him to provide ‘excellent commercially focused advice’ to clients across a balanced mix of transatlantic mandates, as well as on more conventional domestic matters. Senior associate Ravi Amin is also a key member of the team and is building up a considerable following among clients as a result of his ‘intimate knowledge of the ABL market’, as well as his ‘ability to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and concise manner’.