Antony Cotton > Druces LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Druces LLP

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial


Antony is a Partner and the Head of Banking & Financial Services in the Corporate and Commercial team.

He has built up a wealth of expertise in transactional work such as advising clients on M&A, private investment, and joint ventures.

Over time, Antony’s practice has pivoted away from general corporate transactional work and towards financial services. Today he spends much of his time advising banks and other lending institutions and corporate borrowers on a wide array of leveraged financing transactions including acquisition, real estate and trade finance as well as general corporate lending and Sharia’a compliant finance.

Antony regularly advises clients on FCA regulatory issues surrounding financial promotion and regulated activities. He also advises managers in relation to the set-up, structuring and documenting of property, venture, debt and hedge funds.


Australian born, he is admitted as a solicitor in both Australia (Queensland) and England & Wales.


Antony holds a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in banking and finance.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

Druces LLP has a long history of involvement in the mining and banking sectors across Africa, Turkey, India, China and Latin America. It acts for a diverse range of clients in the natural resources sector, including Kibo Energy, Savannah Resources and Katoro Gold, as well as financial clients including the Bank of London and the Middle East, and Bank of China. Dominic Traynor leads the practice, which leverages Christopher Axford‘s broad-ranging finance expertise, which includes advising on shariah-compliant structures. New head of banking and finance, senior associate Antony Cotton, is a frequent adviser to investment funds.

London > Real estate > Property finance

Highlighted for its ‘depth of experience and legal creativity‘, Druces LLP advises on Sharia-compliant transactions and is also strong in handling mandates involving syndicated investment properties. Christopher Axford and senior associate Antony Cotton co-lead the real estate finance team; both are strong in the Islamic financing arena. Suzanne Middleton Lindsley is also a notable team member, acting for international banks, funds, syndicates and high-net-worth individuals.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m

Druces LLP‘s practice fields a team of advisers who handle M&A and various other corporate transactions for a diverse roster of clients, spanning the healthcare, insurance, construction, mining, retail and digital media industries. Practice head Christopher Axford is noted for his niche expertise in regulated businesses and shari’ah compliant structuring work, and is a regular port of call for the firm’s health and social care sector client base. Stephen Ronaldson has particular expertise in mining, oil and gas transactions, while Caroline Cropley advises international entities on group restructurings and investment structuring matters. Antony Cotton is recommended for fintech and early stage company M&A.