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Luke McDougall

Partner, Corporate Department


Luke McDougall is a co-chair of the Global Finance practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s London office.

Mr. McDougall focuses his practice on UK and cross-border acquisition finance and restructuring. He has experience acting for senior lenders, junior lenders and borrower groups on a variety of capital structures as well as, debt portfolio acquisitions and specialist financing transactions.



  • Ranked Lawyer in Chambers and Partners (Banking and Finance in London)
  • Leading Individual (Acquisition Finance) in Legal500
  • Legal500 UK Finance Lawyer of the Year 2020
  • Named a 2015 Rising Star by Financial News in the capital markets category


  • University of Sydney, LL.B., 2002


  • Advised eleven banks including lead arrangers Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in respect of the $3.5 billion loan and bond financing for Bain Capital’s acquisition of research, data and insight business Kantar from WPP plc.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Lloyds and RBS as arrangers in respect of the financing for Advent International’s £1.2 billion public-to-private acquisition of UK electronic and technology business Laird plc.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, HSBC, JPMorgan, BNP Paribas and Lloyds as arrangers in respect of €900 million of senior facilities to finance the acquisition of IPH Group by Advent International.
  • Advised the second lien investors in respect of the privately placed second lien facility to finance Hellman & Friedman’s €5.3 billion public-to-private acquisition of Nets A/S.
  • Advised Blackrock in respect of a unitranche and capex facility for the roll-up acquisition of Benelux testing businesses by Summit Partners.
  • Advised TPG Specialty Lending in relation to facilities for the acquisition of a Swedish software business by Marlin Equity Partners.
  • Advised Blackrock in respect of facilities for the acquisition and roll-up of German dentistry businesses by Summit Partners.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and HSBC as arrangers in respect of the financing for Advent International and Bain Capital’s €700m acquisition of German payment services business Concardis.
  • Advised a sovereign wealth fund in relation to a $160 million holdco PIK facility for a Bermuda based satellite communications company owned by a top tier European private equity sponsor.
  • Advised Delphi Automotive in relation to the financing for its UK public-to-private acquisition of Hellerman Tyton.
  • Advised Lloyds, ING and HSBC as arrangers in respect of financing for the UK public to private acquisition of Brammer plc by Advent International.
  • Advised a global investment and advisory firm in relation to a $200 million unitranche and revolving acquisition financing for the proposed acquisition of an Austrian software business by a U.S. private equity sponsor.
  • Advised the investors in respect of a €600 million private high yield financing for the acquisition of Setefi by Italian financial institution ICBPI, a portfolio company of Advent International and Bain Capital.
  • Acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as sole arranger and co-ordinator of the US$4 billion recapitalisation of Formula One.
  • Advised HSBC, Lloyds, Société Générale and Unicredit on the £535 million (equivalent) recapitalisation of Host Europe Group (HEG) following its acquisition of the German headquartered web hosting supplier Intergenia.

Practice Areas

Global Finance
Leveraged Finance




England and Wales Solicitor
New South Wales Solicitor


University of Sydney, LL.B. 2002
University of Sydney, B.A. 2000