Strategic Debt Solutions

A national team of professionals supporting UK headquartered businesses with funding solutions tailored to their needs and cash-generation capacity.

Event driven financing capabilities to assist

  • Corporate acquisitions
  • Management buy-outs
  • Refinancings and recapitalisations
  • Post IPO or IPO-portable funding
  • Capital expenditure / growth financing
  • Bilateral or multi-bank deals
structured finance

We’re an active market participant, lending across a range of sectors, from retail and wholesale and business services to manufacturing and technology, media and telecoms (TMT).

Our Strategic Debt Solutions team provides cash flow lending solutions to both publicly and privately owned UK headquartered businesses. We specialise in event driven finance in support of a wide range of corporate and shareholder activity. We’ll work with you to provide a tailored and flexible solution to suit your business needs, with a committed approach to develop a long term relationship.

Team structure

Our experienced team is located across seven UK offices in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and has a diverse background, including accounting, corporate finance, credit risk, and advisory experience.

Available to

UK headquartered businesses operating across all sectors, with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) typically above £2.5 million and / or debt requirement typically above £10 million.

All lending is subject to status and our lending criteria. The right to decline any application is reserved.

Meet the team

sean burke

Sean Burke

Head of Strategic Debt Solutions
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Sean is the National Head of Strategic Debt Solutions at Santander. He's responsible for leading a team across the UK working with management teams and advisors, providing leveraged and/or complex debt financing solutions in the mid-market space. Sean has over 25 years of experience working with and supporting mid-market businesses. Before joining Santander in 2009 he was a Regional Managing Director for Bank of Ireland and had also previously worked in Corporate and Structured Finance roles for ABN AMRO and BNP Paribas Fortis after starting his career at NatWest.

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Martin Beckett

Director (Leeds)
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Martin is a Director within the Strategic Debt Solutions team having joined Santander in 2017. Prior to this, he headed the North Region within Lloyds’ Strategic Finance business for four years, and spent seven years in various leveraged and structured finance roles at RBS. He holds a degree in Accountancy, Financial Management & Mathematics from the University of Sheffield and gained his ACA qualification with Deloitte.

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Allan Clawson

Director (London)
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Allan joined Santander in 2014 and is a Director in the Strategic Debt Solutions team. Prior to this, he spent seven years at Credit Agricole CIB, six years at Bank of Ireland and 13 years at Bank of Scotland in each of these banks’ leveraged finance teams. A seasoned senior debt and mezzanine financier with the structural skill set to originate, structure and execute LBOs and corporate acquisitions.


Navin Dabasia

Director (London)
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Navin is a Director within the Strategic Debt Solutions team having joined Santander in 2017. Prior to this, he spent over eight years at RBS in a similar team providing event-driven debt financing solutions to a range of mid-market, as well as large privately owned and publicly listed companies across a range of sectors. Navin holds a first class degree in Economics and Finance from Queen Mary University of London and has completed the CFA qualification.

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Charlotte Lees

Director (Manchester)
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Charlotte is a Director in the Strategic Debt Solutions team, having joined Santander in 2013. Prior to this, she spent nine years at RBS in the Structured Finance team. She trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, where she spent five years working in the Corporate Finance Advisory team after qualifying. Charlotte also holds a joint honours English Literature and French degree from Leeds University.

Richard Mathison

Richard Mathison

Director (Edinburgh)
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Richard is a Director within the Strategic Debt Solutions Team who joined Santander in 2014. He qualified as a CA with Deloitte in 2005, and has 12 years’ subsequent corporate finance, recovery and business advisory experience across roles within EY, Bank of Scotland and overseas. Richard is focused on mid-market financial sponsor and corporate M&A transactions, as well as the provision of growth capital funding for fast growing SMEs in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

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Kerry Morley

Director (Manchester)
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Kerry is a Director within the Strategic Debt Solutions team having joined Santander in 2013. Prior to this, she spent five years at Lloyds working in the Financial Sponsors Acquisition Finance team. She holds a degree in Management Science from UMIST and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 while at Deloitte.

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Julian Smith

Director (London)
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Julian is a Director within the Strategic Debt Solutions team having joined Santander in 2013. Prior to this, he spent ten years at RBS within the infrastructure and transport origination and execution team in London. He holds a first class degree in Geography from Nottingham University, a degree in Financial Services & Associateship and is a Chartered Banker.

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Emily Davis

Associate Director (London)
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Emily Davis is an Associate Director within the Strategic Debt Solutions team having joined Santander in 2017. Prior to this, she spent five years at Barclays working on debt transactions ranging from financial sponsor leverage buyouts to corporate investment grade financings for UK clients. She holds a joint Masters degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of St. Andrews.

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Robert Purdew

Associate Director (London)
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Rob is an Associate Director within the Strategic Debt Solutions team having joined Santander in 2015. He joined the team from the Graduate Scheme, having previously completed rotations in Real Estate, Corporate Banking and Portfolio Management. Rob has completed a dual degree programme with Distinction in Corporate Finance and Quantitative Economics from the University of Western Australia and is currently a CFA Level II Candidate.

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David Dawber

Associate (London)
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David joined the team in 2018 after completing the corporate banking graduate scheme, where he worked within relationship management, Strategic Debt Solutions, housing finance, and portfolio management teams across the Bank. Prior to joining Santander, David worked for a specialist economic development consultancy. He holds a first class honours degree and a masters, both in Economics, and is currently completing the ACA accountancy qualification.

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