Victoria Thompson advises clients on a wide variety of finance transactions, focusing on asset-based lending, borrowing base financings, receivables/supply chain financing, vendor financing, and distressed debt funding. Victoria acts for clients in special situations and restructurings involving a variety of stakeholders. Victoria works across a number of industries and sectors, including retail, technology, manufacturing, aviation, and mining. She acts for all classes of investors including banks, nonbank financial institutions, alternative finance providers, hedge funds, quasi-private equity funds, and investment companies. She also advises clients on strategic transactions and joint ventures.
Victoria has worked extensively on cross-border and international financing transactions and frequently works with clients and other lawyers in the United States and throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. She is dually qualified to practice in New York and England & Wales. Client testimonials in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 describes Victoria as “incredibly diligent, insightful and is always one step ahead of the pace of the deal.” The London team was commended as “a very well balanced, dynamic team which can adapt to circumstances—bringing a great mix of experience and market knowledge as well as responsiveness, client service and attention to detail.”
Victoria is consistently recommended as a Next Generation Partner for Asset-Based Lending in The Legal 500. In the 2020 edition, clients commented that Victoria “demonstrates ‘outstanding commercial and legal insights’ to banks and funds on new money ABL financings and restructurings” and that “the very knowledgeable Victoria Thompson is a strong communicator and has a big future in banking law."
Victoria has experience in the aviation sector, including advising secured lenders providing working capital financing to airlines and aviation maintenance businesses, advising airlines renegotiating the terms of their aircraft leases and arrangements with credit card providers, and advising airlines and their creditors in insolvency. Victoria advised the consortium on the acquisition and subsequent administration of Flybe, formerly Europe’s largest regional airline, and several significant creditors of Thomas Cook.
Victoria's experience also extends to the retail space, advising secured lenders lending to online and bricks-and-mortar retailers from a transactional finance perspective and through workouts, restructurings, and insolvencies in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Victoria previously spent 11 months on secondment to a New York–based hedge fund in 2015, where she advised on a range of issues. She also spent five months on secondment in 2016 at Wells Fargo, assisting with its acquisition of GE’s commercial distribution finance business.
Advised market-leading lenders on major asset-based lending transactions
Advised on the reorganization of existing asset-based facilities resulting from group company reorganizations
Advised companies on their financial and operational restructurings
Advised secured and unsecured creditors on legal and strategic options in distressed situations
BPP Law School, London, 2008, LPC
University College London, 2007, LLB
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Highly Commended, Restructuring Team of the Year, The Lawyer Awards (2020)
Next Generation Partner, Finance: Asset Based Lending, London, The Legal 500 UK (2020)
Recommended, Finance: Asset Based Lending, London, The Legal 500 UK (2019, 2021)
Ranked, Rising Star for Banking, Super Lawyers (2014)