BLP appoints Jonathan Morris as new Corporate Departmental Managing Partner
International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today (20 July 2015) announced the appointment of Jonathan Morris as its new Corporate Departmental Managing Partner (DMP).
Jonathan has been at the firm for nearly 25 years, initially joining Paisner & Co in 1990 before the merger in 2001 which formed BLP. The firm’s Corporate team has gone from strength to strength, with Jonathan one of the key members helping to significantly expand its Equities Capital Markets capability for listing international companies on the London markets. Jonathan has also played a key role in BLP’s preferred firm network – leveraging relationships with a non-exclusive “panel” of over 100 leading law firms to offer enhanced support for clients worldwide. As DMP, Jonathan will join BLP’s Board and will lead the Corporate team of 102 lawyers, including 39 partners across BLP’s international offices.
Commenting on the news, BLP Managing Partner Lisa Mayhew said: “Jonny has been with BLP from the beginning and played a leading role in the growth and evolution of the Corporate Department. Jonny is perfectly positioned to continue the Department’s growth and build on its recent high profile successes and impressive workflow. We continue to expand and invest in our Corporate teams as a hugely important part of our integrated offering to clients.”
Jonathan Morris said: “I am keen to continue to capitalise on the current momentum of our Corporate teams. We’ve recently made impressive hires and created a focused US securities capability, and have completed high profile deals for new and existing clients, including advising Haversham Holdings PLC on its £1.2bn acquisition of the British Car Auction Group. This is an exciting time and we’re perfectly placed to grow further.
“Additionally, I see huge opportunity both in the UK and internationally to develop our market leading Commercial team, where we already work for some high-profile and respected businesses including National Grid, Barclays and Direct Line; and our Investment Management team, building on clients such as Aviva Investors, AXA Real Estate and Land Securities.”