Chris Willison

Chris Willison

Partner

Chris is a Partner in the Banking & Finance team in our London office.

Chris advises clients on all aspects of financial facilities, for lenders or borrowers, and acts for asset based lenders, finance houses, banks, trade financiers, platform funders and their clients.

He has a great deal of trade finance, commercial lending and banking experience, having worked on a variety of financial transactions from supply chain finance, factoring, invoice discounting, commercial lending, syndicated lending, back to back finance and with particular experience of trade finance and asset based lending.

Chris advises regularly on the structure of financial facilities including financing of trade all over the world including in frontier markets, the security required to support them, documenting competing security interests, regularly working on variations to existing facilities or drafting bespoke facility documentation, suites of lending documents and assisting facilities to be structured and underwritten.

He has extensive experience of the rights of parties within those facilities, what is considered ‘market standard’, and just as importantly what is not. Having worked both in private practice and in-house, he is acutely aware of the need for clients to receive useful, practical (and not just technically correct) legal advice. He is known for being constructive and assisting clients to reach their commercial objectives, getting swiftly to the heart of the issues and simplifying often complex problems in order that they can be resolved.

Chris is also an experienced litigator in debt, commercial and guarantor litigation having a wealth of experience of enforcing facilities, but also fraud containment and asset recovery both at a corporate and individual level.

Chris has detailed knowledge of the issues regarding finance in the recruitment sector, having advised the Asset Based Finance Association (now part of UK Finance) and the representatives of its member banks and finance houses on issues in this sector. Chris also advised the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) in respect of its Code of Conduct for Recruitment Process Outsourcers and Managed Service Providers and is regarded as an expert in this field.