Christopher Axford > Druces LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Druces LLP
SALISBURY HOUSE
LONDON WALL
LONDON
EC2M 5PS
England

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial 

Position

Christopher is the Head of Corporate and is a member of Druces Executive Committee which manages the firm’s direction and vision for the future.

He deals with a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, including AIM and AQSE work, national and international joint ventures and group restructuring. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions in regulated industries and has particular expertise in advising financiers, investors, owners and operators in the leisure and healthcare sectors. He is also experienced in dealing with Sharia’a compliant transactions.

Career

Called to the Bar in 2000 by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2003; Quartson & Co, London – assistant solicitor 2003-05; Middleton Potts – assistant solicitor 2005-06; Middleton Potts – partner 2006-07; Druces LLP (formerly Druces & Attlee) – partner 2007 to present.

Memberships

City of London Law Society; Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

Education

Eltham College, London; University of Exeter (1998 BA Hons); BPP Law School, London (Postgraduate Diploma in Law 1999).

Personal

Christopher is a contributing author of Jordans “Care Standards: A Practical Guide”.

Leisure

Fine wine and food, the theatre, reading and attending the gym.

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 > Finance > Islamic finance

Druces LLP‘s team has extensive expertise in a wide range of Islamic finance structures, including murabaha, wakala, ijarah, mudaraba and musharakah. Its client roster includes conventional and shari’ah-compliant financial institutions, corporates and investors. Christopher Axford leads the group, which includes real estate specialist Suzanne Middleton Lindsley.

London > Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Led on the non-contentious front by Christopher Axford and for contentious work by Neil Hayter, Druces LLP‘s six-partner team provides ‘responsive and commercially-oriented‘ advice across the spectrum of restructuring and insolvency work, including in the healthcare and retail sectors. As well as benefiting from strong officeholder relationships, the firm also handles a sizeable amount of work for corporate clients, including recently handling a considerable amount of contingency planning and insolvency mitigation for businesses impacted by the pandemic.

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.