BLP announces Adam Dann as new Finance head

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today announced the appointment of Adam Dann as the new Departmental Managing Partner of its Finance Department.

Adam takes the helm from 10 March 2014 and will work with outgoing Finance DMP, Matthew Kellett, over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition. Adam, who has led the Projects and Infrastructure Group since 2010, already has a thorough grounding in the firm’s Finance practice and has been a partner at BLP since joining in 2006. Adam will also join the BLP Board.

The Finance team is almost 100 lawyers strong, including 30 partners, and advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions on the full range of international and domestic financial market products from structured finance and securitisation to asset and real estate finance. Internationally, the London team is supported by lawyers in Singapore, Russia, Hong Kong and Germany, all of whom operate as a fully integrated team. 

The department has enjoyed several high profile successes in recent years with major achievements including for clients: Eurosail, the issuer in a Lehman Brothers originated £650m Residential Mortgage Backed Securitisation transaction, in a ruling that had far-reaching implications for both the securitisation and the insolvency markets; Hadrian’s Wall Capital, on its strategic partnership with insurance company Aviva Investors to create a unique debt funding proposition to encourage investment in infrastructure assets in the UK and Continental Europe; and TPG and Patron Capital, on a ground-breaking and successful bid to acquire the senior €600m loan underlying the first CMBS in Europe, which saw the team shortlisted for The Lawyer Awards 2013.

Previous to BLP, Adam spent four years at UK independent oil company Hardy Oil & Gas plc and was a Partner at Dewey Ballantine for six years.

Commenting on the announcement, BLP Managing Partner Neville Eisenberg, said: “I would like to congratulate Adam on his new role. We are delighted to have someone of his experience leading our Finance Department. In addition to leading our Projects and Infrastructure Group over the last four years, Adam has been instrumental in developing our Oil and Gas sector group into a significant growth area for the firm. I would also like to thank Matthew Kellett for his valuable contribution to our finance business and the firm generally.”

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