Mark Darley was Skadden’s first English-qualified banking partner and was responsible for the formation of the firm’s English law banking practice in London. He was instrumental in the expansion of the practice into Europe and Asia and also previously served as the global co-head of the Banking Group for 10 years. Mr. Darley has been involved in many ground-breaking and headline-grabbing transactions throughout his career, including the first English securitisations (mortgage-backed, receivables, FRNs, CPs), the first PPPs, the first schemes of arrangement, margin bid facilities, the acquisition of Barings Bank by ING, and large acquisition finance such as Basell’s bid for Lyondell and Pfizer’s bid for AstraZeneca. Mr. Darley’s experience straddles the full range of financings, from greenfield project finance, acquisition finance, real estate finance, development finance and ordinary course corporate borrowing, to distressed restructurings and refinancing. In recent years, his practice has majored in cross-border leverage finance, bringing into play his considerable experience of TLB and other US originated lending techniques. Clients include private equity houses, international pension funds, family offices, listed and private companies as well as international financial institutions.