Denise Gibson


Denise is Managing Partner of the UK and a member of the Executive Committee. She specialises in leveraged finance and private credit.
Denise is highly regarded and recognised in the market as one of the leading lender-side leveraged finance lawyers. This is reflected by her Band 1 Chambers ranking as well as many industry awards and recognitions including Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year at the Women in Business Law Awards Europe 2021 and ranking in the Financial News 50 most influential lawyers 2022. Clients praise her as “exceptional on every side,” adding that “what is amazing is that she is very good at corralling consensus, taking leadership in transactions and being someone who can bring commercial agreements together with the force of her negotiating skills.” Chambers UK


Representative matters

The MLAs supporting Bain Capital’s acquisition of Eleda, the Swedish infrastructure projects and services firm.

The lenders supporting Carlyle’s acquisition of Anthesis, a leading global pure-play sustainability advisory and solutions firm.

The arrangers and underwriters on the USD1,095m and EUR750m senior secured term loan facilities and a EUR350m revolving credit facility in support of the acquisition by Bain Capital and Cinven of Lonza Speciality Ingredients, a leading global provider of integrated healthcare solutions.

The lenders on the unitranche financing in connection with the Advent’s acquisition of Hermes UK, the leading consumer delivery company and subsequent recapitalisation thereof. 

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.