Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie continues to expand its London transactional practices with the appointment of Kathy Honeywood to the Corporate practice. Kathy joins from Clifford Chance where she was a partner.
Kathy is a highly experienced Corporate deals lawyer and specialises in complex M&A transactions, corporate finance and joint ventures. Kathy has advised on a number of high profile deals across a range of sectors, with some recent matters including acting for Shell and S&P Global.
Her appointment brings the number of Partner-level hires in the transactional practices since the start of the year to six. Last month, Partner Michael Doran joined the Structured Capital Markets practice from White & Case, while Nick O'Grady and Bevis Metcalfe both joined the Banking & Finance team from Ropes & Gray.
Commenting, London Managing Partner Alex Chadwick said: "With almost 20 years of M&A experience and strong client relationships, Kathy is well placed to enhance our Corporate EMI practice and to capitalise on the huge opportunities in the energy industry. This plays also straight into our strategy of bolstering and growing our key transactional practices in London. I'm delighted to welcome her to the Firm."
Baker McKenzie's London Head of EMI Richard Blunt added: "Kathy's skillset and sector experience makes her an ideal addition to the team. She is a highly experienced and regarded corporate lawyer, and she will play a key role in strengthening our energy sector transactional offering and further build our client relationships. We look forward to Kathy joining our team."
Kathy has a wealth of experience across multiple sectors and geographies. While she was a core member of Clifford Chance's Global Transactions Advisory Strategy Group, Kathy was also a key member of the firm's Energy and Infrastructure Sector group, as well as their Consumer Goods and Retail sector group. In addition, Kathy has significant Asia Pacific experience, having led the Clifford Chance corporate practice in South East Asia based in Singapore from 2015.
Baker McKenzie continues to grow through strategic hires and organic growth. In addition to Michael, Nick and Bevis mentioned above, earlier this year the Firm announced the appointment of Finance Partner Matthew Cox to the Banking practice from Ropes & Gray and Megan Schellinger who joined the Capital Markets team from Linklaters. Last summer, Freshfields Finance Partner Geoff O'Dea and Matthew Smith from Travers Smith joined the Banking practice, while Sue McLean joined the IT practice as a Partner from Morrison & Foerster. 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).