Linklaters appoints new Global Head of Banking

Linklaters has appointed Davide Mencacci as Global Head of Banking for a four-year term with effect from 1 February 2019, succeeding Tony Bugg.

A partner at Linklaters since 2007, Davide acts on transactions in the Asian, Italian and London market. He has over 19 years of experience in acting for both international and domestic European banks and finance providers as well as for sponsors, private equity providers and borrowers. His experience includes leveraged finance transactions, structured finance, investment-grade finance, margin lending, property finance and cross-border restructuring transactions.

He trained and qualified in London before moving to Milan in 2001. He then moved to Hong Kong in 2015.

Michael Kent, Global Head of Finance & Projects, says: “I am confident Davide will be an excellent leader. Linklaters’ Banking practice is preeminent across the globe with our teams working on the largest and most complex matters. With Davide’s skill-set I am excited to see where he leads the practice in the coming years.”

He also says: “I’d like to thank Tony for all he has done over the last three years. Under his strong leadership, he’s changed they dynamics of the practice, with a shift in direction and structure, leading to an 32% increase in income. His track-record speaks for itself.” 

The global practice has advised on some of the most significant deals recently, including on the financing for Softbank’s $100bn investment fund, advising the financing banks on Bain Capital’s $18bn acquisition of Toshiba Memory – the largest-ever leveraged buyout deal in Asia - and BBVA on the world’s first syndicated loan on blockchain.