Baker McKenzie has continued to grow its London transactional practices with the addition of three new partners. Michael Doran joins the Structured Capital Markets practice from White & Case where he was a Partner, while Nick O'Grady and Bevis Metcalfe both join the Banking & Finance practice as Partners from Ropes & Gray where they were both Counsel.
Michael, Bevis and Nick's appointments brings the number of Partner-level hires in the Banking & Finance team since the summer to six. Freshfields Finance Partner Geoff O'Dea and Matthew Smith from Travers Smith joined the Firm in August, while Ropes & Gray Partner Matthew Cox joined in February.
Commenting, London Managing Partner Alex Chadwick said: "In Michael, Bevis and Nick we have three highly experienced lawyers whose combined expertise and strong client relationships will elevate our Banking & Finance and Structured Capital Markets practices. Growing our transactional practices is vital to our 2020 strategy and our vision to become the global law firm of choice. Greater bench-strength will give us greater critical mass so we can service the biggest clients, win market share and ultimately increase revenue and profitability."
London Head of Structured Capital Markets Simon Porter added: "We're delighted to welcome Michael to our growing practice. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience across the board, with particular expertise on non-performing loan portfolio acquisitions for which he is a market leader. I look forward to working with him."
Michael Doran joins from White & Case where he was a Partner and one of the founding members of their Sovereign Advisory Team. His practice spans NPL portfolio acquisitions, Equity Linked Capital Markets, Bond Restructurings, DCM and Sovereign Advisory work across developed and emerging markets. As a Spanish speaker and co-head of White & Case’s Spain practice Michael will have a keen focus on Spain as well his broad EMEA practice. Michael's clients include private equity / credit funds, sovereign governments, investment banks, state owned entities and state agencies, supranational banks and multinational corporations.
Bevis focuses his practice on advising debt funds, private equity sponsors, debtors, banks and other alternative capital providers in connection with corporate restructurings. leveraged acquisitions and other event driven financings. He is the co-author of “Trust Me - A Security Trustee’s Duties to Subordinated Creditors Examined,” The Journal of Bankruptcy Law (February/March 2013).
Nick focuses on cross border leveraged and acquisition financing, restructuring and credit investments. He represents sponsors, lenders and borrowers on a broad range of banking and finance transactions. He regularly advises on a wide range of financing matters including M&A financing, sponsor side LBO/MBO, subordinated debt financing and restructuring. He has spent time on secondment to Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong office (2017) and to Blackstone (2015/16).
London Head of Banking Nick Tostivin comments; "Nick and Bevis, I'm positive, will prove to be two more fantastic additions to our team. Their appointments will support the growth of our strengthening practice and enable us to harness even more opportunities going forward. "
Baker McKenzie continues to grow through strategic hires and organic growth. In addition to the hires above, earlier this year the Firm announced the appointment of Megan Schellinger who joined the Capital Markets team as a Partner. Last summer, Sue McLean joined the IT practice as a Partner from Morrison & Foerster and the Firm also announced the promotion of 5 senior associates to Partner: Susie Davies (Corporate); Kim Sartin (Employment); Jennifer Revis (International Commerce & Trade); Mark Simpson (Financial Services); and Ben Farnell (Real Estate).