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Santander Corporate & Commercial has appointed Andrew Clayton as the new National Head of Financial Sponsors.

Based in London, Andrew will be responsible for the Leveraged Finance team across the UK and will be driving the strategy and origination of new transactions, supporting Financial Sponsors and management teams in the mid- corporate market place.

Andrew has over 20 years of experience in Leveraged Finance, most recently with RBS, where he ran the Leveraged Finance business in the south of England for a period of 8 years, originating and executing a wide range of transactions.

Sean Longsdale, Managing Director, Structured Finance Group, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “I am delighted to welcome Andrew to our team. Santander Corporate & Commercial has established a long track record in successfully structuring debt products into complex and/or leveraged transactions and is committed to building long-lasting relationships with Private Equity firms and businesses to ensure we provide tailored support at every stage of their development.

“We are committed to growing our business to provide increasing subject matter expertise and high performance leadership capability, as our own business continues to expand. Andrew is a highly experienced banker with strong Leveraged Finance expertise and I am confident he will be a huge success in his new role.”

Commenting on his new role, Andrew Clayton said:

“I am delighted to be joining Santander and leading the Financial Sponsors team across the UK.  The team has an established presence in the UK mid-market and has a successful track record of supporting a wide range of businesses in their growth aspirations over a number of years. I firmly believe there remains a strong market opportunity in the UK to support successful businesses, and look forward to working with my colleagues, my network of professional relationships and management teams to deliver many more transactions in the years ahead.”