Darren Hanwell


Darren specialises in leveraged and acquisition finance advising traditional lenders and private credit funds.

His practice also covers margin lending and NAV financings. He has an extensive knowledge of the syndicated and leveraged loan markets and regularly advises lenders on deals involving complex capital structures and is ranked by Chambers.


Representative matters

The bookrunners and underwriters on the financing for the EUR5bn acquisition of Vodafone Spain by Zegona. 

The underwriters in connections with the EUR2bn financing by CVC of La Liga,the top professional football division of the Spanish football league. 

The private credit provider on the financing supporting CVC's investment in Ligue de Football Professionnel, the French football league. 

The coordinators and arrangers on Advent and Eurazeo owned Planet's TLB financing. 

The underwriters supporting Coca-Cola European Partners successful AUD7.68bn public takeover of Coca-Cola Amatil. 

He is a very well-respected, smart and creative lawyer, who lenders trust.
Chambers UK
Darren did an excellent job on a tricky deal. He ran the process very smoothly, dealing with our numerous queries; I appreciated his guidance and help.
Chambers UK



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2004


BA, History, The University of York, 2000

PGDL, College of Law, York, 2001

LPC, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 2002

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.