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John D. Markland | Professionals | Dechert LLP

John Markland, co-head of Dechert's European finance team, has more than two decades of
experience spanning a broad spectrum of finance transactions. His focus throughout the last
decade has been on acquisition finance, debt restructurings, and other event-driven finance




John D. Markland | Professionals | Dechert LLP

English; French; German; Russian; Dutch; Spanish


The University of Nottingham, Bachelor of Laws (hons), 1989; The College of Law, York, Solicitors Finals, 1990

London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Dechert LLP, whose global private equity platform expanded significantly in 2016 off the back of a number of key hires (including the arrivals of Ross Allardice and John Markland from White & Case LLP and Kirkland & Ellis International LLP respectively), has made further investments to build out its offering; corporate and debt finance expert Robert Bradshaw joined from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in April 2017, with corporate/private equity partner Christopher Field and tax specialist Jane Scobie subsequently making the same move in September that year. The growth of the practice has also been reflected by the firm successfully winning work from a number of new clients, including Ares Capital Management, Astorg Partners and Nordic Capital. Markland, Bradshaw and finance partner Giles Belsey acted for South Korean memory chip manufacturer Sk hynix Inc as one of the members of a consortium (led by Bain Capital), which acquired Toshiba Corporation's NAND flash memory and solid state drive business for $18bn. In another matter, Field, Scobie and Markland were part of the team which advised an affiliate of Sun European Partners and other selling shareholders on the potential sale of Albéa SA to PAI Partners. Field and Allardice co-head the team with Douglas Getter and Jonathan Angell. Mark Evans and Tony Brown are notable associates.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Within: Leading individuals

John Markland - Dechert LLP

Within: Acquisition finance

Able to leverage the firm's very strong funds brand, both on the formation side and on transactions, Dechert LLP continues to be on the ascendancy in the market since the relatively recent formation of its leveraged finance offering. Focused on advising those in the asset management space, either in their capacity as borrowers seeking to raise finance to facilitate M&A deals, or as direct lenders, the team is praised for its 'top-quality advice and execution' and its 'responsiveness, creativity and industry knowledge'. Described by one client as a 'rare and true rock star of leveraged finance', team head John Markland 'combines deep knowledge of the underlying matter with a commercial aptitude that allows him to effortlessly straddle the principal/adviser divide and deliver superior tactical legal advice'. Particularly strong on the private equity sponsor side, Markland regularly handles work for core client Mid-Europa Partners including recently assisting portfolio company, Moji Brendovi, on a refinancing/recapitalization. The 'excellent' Philip Butler and David Miles 'balance detail and understanding of complexity with commerciality' and both have a 'very strong reputation' for mid-market work in the burgeoning direct lending space. Butler recently advised Ares Management and RBS on a senior debt financing package to support Phoenix Equity Partners’ acquisition of a majority stake in the Forest Holidays Group. Other clients include CVC Credit Partners and VTB Capital.

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