BLP appoints experienced banking specialist Derek Hrydziuszko strengthening the offer of the firm’s banking group

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) today announced that it has hired banking specialist Derek Hrydziuszko to further bolster the firm’s finance offer.

Previously at Allen and Overy, Derek has proven expertise in leveraged finance and investment grade transactions where he has acted for a number of UK and international banks and financial institutions leading on multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Derek has significant lending expertise and has acted for banks lending to investment grade companies including UK FTSE 250 listed companies and multi-national US listed entities. He has also advised clients on restructuring transactions on both the borrower and lender side.

His demonstrated expertise in banking and experience advising across broader financial transactions will compliment BLP’s already strong banking team who have acted on some of the most complex and high profile deals in the sector, including a £2bn structured portfolio disposal for RBS and Project Isobel.

The recruitment will ensure the finance team is well placed to meet current and future demand from clients and is in line with BLP’s strategy to grow capability through strategic hires. In the past 12 months the finance team has hired a number of banking & capital markets experts, including Paul Simcock from Skadden Arps who joined in June and Simon Small from Ashurst who joined last month, as well as Asset Finance expert Keith Wilson. The firm has also recently hired leading Project Finance expert Andrei Baev, who will split his time between the London and Moscow offices.

Matthew Kellett, the managing partner of BLP’s finance department, said: “Following a strategic review of the finance team in 2010, we made a decision to refocus on a number of key areas to ensure we better serve client needs. We view banking & capital markets as one of the key growth areas. As such we have made significant investment into our banking team as evidenced by recent hires. Derek’s hire underscores our continuing commitment to bank lending.”

He added: Derek’s strong banking expertise, his expertise across lending and restructuring, and his demonstrated technical skills on high end multi-jurisdictional transactions will bolster the finance team’s offer ensuring we are well placed to meet future needs of clients.”

Derek said: “BLP’s finance team has worked on some of the most high profile and complex deals in the market and has gained a great reputation. The team’s strong presence in the banking sector, its ambition and its proven commitment to grow its banking & capital markets team will create an excellent platform for me to service clients.”

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