Alan Davies, a corporate partner in the firm’s Finance Group, focuses his practice on acquisition, asset and structured financings. He has advised private equity firms on financing in numerous leveraged acquisitions.
Mr. Davies is recommended as a leading finance lawyer by Chambers Global (2023) and Chambers UK (2023), where clients say he is “sensible, pragmatic” and “willing to roll up his sleeves to get a great result for his clients.” The guide has also previously noted that he is “analytical, thoughtful” and “a real operator who knows his way around sponsor deals.” Clients say that he is “a very experienced and knowledgeable finance lawyer” who is “responsive and always delivers what is needed, often in a tight timeframe.” He is recognised for acquisition finance and fund finance by The Legal 500 UK (2023), which has described him as “outstanding” and “responsive, commercial and creative.” The Legal 500 UK has also praised the London finance team as “exemplary in all areas,” “very analytical, thoughtful and considered” describing it as “pragmatic and solutions-oriented” with “very wide market knowledge and a strong commercial sense.” According to previous editions of the guide, it is “highly commercial and up to speed with market trends” and offers “an ‘exceptionally high level of service’ to a borrower focused client base.” Mr. Davies is recommended for Capital Markets: Debt as well as Banking by IFLR1000 (2022).
Mr. Davies writes and speaks regularly on key industry topics. Recent speaking engagements include “Developments in Key Terms and Negotiation Points in Alternative Lending,” BVCA Alternative Fund Strategy Series – Alternative Lending Forum (February, 2020); “Latest Trends in Terms in the U.S. and European Leveraged Loan Markets” Debevoise & Covenant Review Seminar (May, 2017); “Financing Trends in a Turbulent Market,” BVCA Summit (October, 2016); “What Does the Rise of European Term Loan B Mean for High Yield Bond Issuances Across Europe?” Euromoney Leveraged Finance Conference (September, 2016); and “Where are the Growth Opportunities for Private Equity in Europe?” Euromoney Leveraged Finance Conference (September, 2015). His recent publications include “Sanctions v Loan Agreements: a borrower’s perspective,” International Financial Law Review (September, 2019); “How EU And US Private Placement Models Compare,” International Financial Law Review (July, 2018); “Right or wrong: recent trends in restricting loan transfers,” IFLR (March, 2018); and “Certain Funds in Strategic Acquisitions,” International Financial Law Review (February, 2016).
Mr. Davies obtained his B.A. and M.A. in Law from Peterhouse, Cambridge.