Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie continues to rapidly grow its transactional practice in London with the hire of leading Corporate Finance partner Nick Bryans at the start of November. Nick joins from Ashurst and his hire will enhance and build on the Firm's strategy to grow its transactional practices in its key global centres.

Commenting, Jane Hobson, head of Baker McKenzie's London M&A practice, said: "Nick's wealth of experience, which includes both Corporate Finance and M&A, will add depth and breadth to our strong and growing practice. His hire will enhance Baker McKenzie's market profile in London and accelerate the pace of the step-change we are already seeing in our transactional practices. We are very excited to welcome Nick to the team and we will continue to add other significant hires in line with our growth strategy."

Michael DeFranco, Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global M&A Practice, added: "Nick is our latest high profile hire, as we continue to expand our transactional capabilities with the best and most talented lawyers. Nick will play a key role in strengthening our cross-border and public M&A offering even further. I look forward to welcoming him to the Firm."

On his appointment, Nick Bryans said: "I am really looking forward to starting at Baker McKenzie and joining its thriving M&A and Corporate Finance practices. What really appealed to me about Baker McKenzie is its stellar global platform, the breadth of its client base and the strength of its brand. There is also a palpable sense of momentum behind the growth and trajectory of the firm’s transactional practices. I am very excited about working with my new colleagues across the Baker McKenzie network to provide first class legal and strategic advice to our clients."

Nick studied Economics at Exeter University and joined Ashurst as a trainee in 1994. He spent time in Ashurst’s Paris office and was seconded to a San Francisco firm in 2000. Based in Dubai for three years between 2007 and 2010, Nick was Ashurst’s Head of Middle East during this time. He has considerable experience advising corporate clients, investment banks and financial sponsors on a range of corporate and corporate finance transactions, both domestic and cross border. He has worked on numerous public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and initial public offerings, secondary offerings and other transactions, such as share buybacks and returns of capital. Nick regularly counsels the boards of public limited companies on a range of strategic, transactional and governance matters and regularly works on transactions involving Japanese trading houses and clients in the Middle East.

Nick's appointment brings the number of Partner-level hires in London in the last twelve months to eleven, with the most recent hires including banking litigation partner Marc Florent from Allen & Overy, Tax partner Prabhu Narasimhan from White & Case and Philip Thomson who joined the Corporate EMI practice also from Ashurst.

Additional key hires were made across Baker McKenzie's other key money centres, including most recently M&A lawyer Leif King in Palo Alto as well as Randy Sunberg and Denis Segota in New York and a team of eight lawyers, including two partners, Shirley Wang and Grace Chen in China.

Baker McKenzie is a transactional powerhouse with over 2,500 deal lawyers and expertise in over 46 countries. We do more cross-border transactions than any other law firm in the world, and are ranked #1 in cross-border deals by volume over the past decade. We are global and local, combining money market sophistication with local excellence. The Firm assists clients through all stages of a transaction, from preparing the business for sale or performing due diligence, to negotiating the purchase agreement, coordinating the closing across multiple jurisdictions, and integrating the operations of the resulting business. 

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