Christopher Williams

Counsel, London

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Christopher is a Counsel in the Banking Department at Linklaters. He has a broad practice acting for both borrowers and finance providers across the credit spectrum on a wide range of debt financing transactions. Christopher has a focus on complex cross-border corporate acquisition financings, involving public takeovers and private acquisitions. He also advises on general corporate financing matters (investment grade, cross-over credit and leveraged), including bilateral and syndicated lending. Christopher additionally has experience of complex debt restructurings and real estate financing. 

Work highlights
  • Advising Sibanye Gold on the syndicated loan financing for its approx. $2.2bn acquisition of Stillwater Mining.
  • Advising a syndicate of lenders on the conventional and Sharia'a-compliant credit facilities for Equate’s approx. $3.2bn acquisition of MEGlobal.
  • Advising a syndicate of lenders on the loan financing for Dufry’s approx. €3.6bn acquisition of World Duty Free.
  • Advising a syndicate of lenders on the loan financing for A.P. Møller – Mærsk’s approx. €3.7bn acquisition of Hamburg Süd.
  • Advising Old Mutual on the financing aspects of the publicly-announced managed separation of the group. 

 

Professional experience

Christopher is based in the London office of Linklaters. He has previously undertaken an international secondment to Linklaters’ Amsterdam office. In addition, he has undertaken secondments to The Royal Bank of Scotland (Group Legal) and to Lehman Brothers (in administration).

Education and qualifications

Christopher studied law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and obtained an M.A. (Hons.) (Cantab.).

He speaks English, French and Spanish.