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Debt Explained uses years of leveraged finance for your benefit - thorough analysis to create unique and powerful data - and a depth of expertise available to our clients as they need it.

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Deal documentation is complicated - and it is our speciality. Our lawyers read and interpret deal documentation all the time. We see what is going through the market, what's market and what's new or aggressive, so that you can concentrate on your day job.

Management Team

Stephen Mostyn-Williams

Stephen Mostyn-Williams

Chairman

Stephen founded Debt Explained in 2007, following a 25 year career in leveraged finance. He has held senior positions at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP and Ashurst. Stephen co-founded the European High Yield Association and served as its chair for the first three years of its existence.

Polly Newport

Polly Newport

CEO

Polly joined Debt Explained as CEO in 2013. She brings a wealth of experience in technology and software development, project management and business strategy. Since joining Polly has overseen a revamp of the technology which underpins Debt Explained’s database and an expansion of the sales and marketing efforts to more than double revenues.

Duncan Wilson

Duncan Wilson

CFO

Duncan joined Debt Explained in 2011. He has 30 years experience in the capital markets leading business units at Tullet Prebon; Bank of Ireland; SG Hambros and BZW. Duncan originally qualified as a lawyer before moving into banking. Duncan also oversees compliance and financial aspects of the company’s operations.

Legal Team

Temitope Adesanya

Temitope Adesanya

Temitope Adesanya has extensive experience in various acquisition, leveraged and project financings in the U.S. and European markets. Prior to joining Debt Explained she worked with Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP’s London office as a senior associate and prior to that, with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s New York office as a senior associate.

Elizabeth Borthwick

Elizabeth Borthwick

Elizabeth Borthwick has over 15 years experience as an English qualified lawyer. Most recently she practised as a consultant in the global loans team at Allen & Overy LLP and has extensive experience in various types of financing transactions including general banking, acquisition and leveraged finance and restructurings.

Brian Conway

Brian Conway

Brian has more than two decades’ experience of financial law at a senior level, joining from Jones Day where he was a partner in the banking and finance practice in London. He advised on a wide range of banking matters, with a particular focus on leverage finance. Prior to this, he spent three years as a partner in the finance practice at Latham & Watkins, following a 13-year career at White & Case as an associate and latterly as partner.

Sarah Goldsmith

Sarah Goldsmith

Sarah Goldsmith is a senior legal specialist specializing in high yield bonds. Prior to Debt Explained, Sarah was the head of the European covenant office at Moody’s Investors Service in London. She qualified in New York in 2001 and has practiced capital markets, securities, corporate finance and energy law at Dewey Ballantine LLP in New York and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in London.

Jamie McDougall

Jamie McDougall

Jamie McDougall spent time practising as a qualified barrister before working for over a decade in award-winning finance teams in the London, Milan and Singapore offices of leading international law firms, including Norton Rose. Jamie is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Victoria Pickett

Victoria Pickett

Victoria Pickett is an experienced banking and debt finance lawyer whose practice focused on domestic and cross-border leverage acquisitions, fund finance and general banking matters; primarily representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies. After completing her training contract at Norton Rose, Victoria moved to the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP where she became a partner in the debt finance team in 2011.

Neha Clulow

Neha Clulow

Paralegal Manager

Neha Clulow is a highly experienced Paralegal Consulting Manager. She has over a decade of paralegal experience including working at Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP as finance paralegal and team manager monitoring the quality of work of a team of paralegals for the past six years. Neha originally worked as staff auditor at US Trust Corporation before starting her legal career.

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