Mark L. Darley





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Mark Darley has led Skadden’s European law banking practice since joining the firm in April 2002 and was appointed global co-head of Skadden’s Banking Group in 2009. Throughout his career, Mr. Darley has focused particularly on leveraged finance, restructuring and project finance transactions. His practice embraces advising both lenders and borrowers, including international financial institutions, private equity houses, hedge and other funds, and investment grade corporates. Clients have included Citibank, RBS, SG, SEB, Credit Suisse, Access Industries, UCB SA, News Corporation, NASDAQ, Doughty Hanson and Oaktree. Notable transactions include advising:

  • Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH in connection with the related €3.3 billion acquisition financing of its proposed US$9.8 billion acquisition D.E Master Blenders 1753 N.V.  This deal won International Financial Review’s “EMEA Leveraged Loan of the Year” award for 2013;
  • Seat Pagine Gialle S.p.A. in its filing for a composition with creditors for the restructuring of its senior secured bonds and debt facilities;
  • Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) in the financing aspects in the US$56 billion sale of TNK-BP, a joint venture between AAR and BP plc, to Rosneft Oil Company;
  • Outokumpu in connection with its acquisition of ThyssenKrupp’s stainless steel business;
  • UCB SA in a €1.5 billion financing;
  • TeleColumbus GmbH in the restructuring of its debt financing;
  • The Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners LLP in the financing of the acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell plc’s downstream assets in 14 African jurisdictions;
  • JC Flowers in its acquisition of Compagnie Européenne de Prévoyance in France;
  • various financings for infrastructure and mining projects;
  • various private equity houses in connection with the acquisition of portfolio companies, including Apax, Apollo, Doughty Hanson, JW Childs, Oaktree, Towerbrook and TPG;
  • several private equity portfolio companies in connection with the restructuring of their leveraged finance facilities;
  • Access Industries in the Chapter 11 proceedings and DIP financing for LBI;
  • Basell Polyolefins in its US$23 billion financing for its acquisition of Lyondell Chemical Company, and in its proposed US$9.6 billion acquisition of Huntsman Corporation;
  • NASDAQ in the financing of its bid for the London Stock Exchange;
  • Citibank, RBS, SG and SEB in their financing of a bid for a publicly listed company;
  • UCB SA in the financing for its bid for Schwarz Pharma; and
  • News Corporation in the financing aspects of the US$3.6 billion going-private acquisition of NDS Group plc.

Mr. Darley was selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers UK and Who’s Who Legal – Banking, as well as being named “Leveraged Finance Lawyer of the Year in England 2014” by Global Law Experts.

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England & Wales


LL.B. (Honours), Manchester University, 1983

College of Law, Chester (Law Society Final Examinations), 1984


"A Comparison of Key Provisions in U.S. and European Leveraged Loan Agreements"

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance 2014

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