David J. Billington’s practice focuses on international financing transactions and restructuring transactions. 

He has experience across a broad range of debt financing products, advising both borrowers and lenders on bank lending, leveraged finance transactions, high yield bonds and structured debt. David also acts for a range of stakeholders in international restructuring and insolvency matters.

David joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner in 2012. Prior to Cleary, he worked at Allen & Overy in London.

Notable Experience


  • TPG on the multi-billion dollar leveraged buyouts of real estate services firms DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield.

  • CVC on the leveraged buyout of the European businesses of the Campbell’s Soup group and subsequent covenant-lite dividend recap.

  • African Minerals in connection with various financing transactions for its iron ore mine in Sierra Leone, including a $417m project financing, a $350m Reg S convertible bond, a $250m pre-export finance facility, $200m of equipment financing, and a $100m revolving credit facility.

  • Lenta LLC, one of Russia’s leading hypermarket chains, on a RUB25.2bn secured credit facility provided by VTB Capital. The group is owned by TPG, the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and VTB Capital, with the deal being the largest private equity investment in a Russian business to date.

  • Telenet Group, the largest provider of cable broadband services in Belgium, on its €2.3bn senior credit facilities.

  • Citigroup on the £2.5bn leveraged buyout of EMI by Terra Firma.

  • Helios Investment Partners in connection with a $400m financing to acquire a large emerging markets distribution conglomerate.

  • Goodyear on various receivables financing transactions.

  • TPG on the financing aspects of a number of leveraged buyout bids, including Jimmy Choo, Pets at Home and the hedge fund services provider GlobeOp Financial Services.

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  • Truvo on its €1.5bn cross-border restructuring.

  • Silver Point Capital as agent and senior lender to the Spanish and South American gaming business Codere S.A.

  • The Vita Group and its controlling shareholder TPG Capital in a financial restructuring effected by way of a UK scheme of arrangement, as a result of which debt in excess of €600m was written down to approximately €100m.

  • The senior creditors committee on the €3.5bn restructuring of Austrian retail bank BAWAG P.S.K.

  • The largest bondholder in relation to the restructuring of The Co-Operative Bank plc, effected by way of scheme of arrangement.

  • A number of hedge funds regarding the trading of claims against Lehman Brothers.

  • TPG on the administration of Republic Retail.

  • Consolidated Minerals in relation to the proposed restructuring of its $400m high yield bonds.

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