BLP boosts Corporate Finance team with partner appointment

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announced that it has recruited M&A practitioner Lisa O’Neill as a partner in its growing Corporate Finance practice in London.

Lisa, who joins BLP from Allen & Overy, is a corporate lawyer with very broad corporate transactional experience. She also has significant international experience, having worked in London, Hong Kong, Moscow and New York and has a particularly strong track record in the energy and natural resources sectors, which includes a secondment with Shell’s in-house M&A legal team. At BLP Lisa will be putting this experience to good effect by working closely with BLP’s existing multi-disciplinary energy and oil and gas team. Lisa is expected to join BLP later this summer.

Lisa’s appointment follows a number of new arrivals to the energy and oil and gas team. Alexander Keepin joined the Corporate Finance team in London to work with Alastair Duffield in Singapore and others to boost BLP’s corporate offering in the mining and metals sector. Ken Cheung’s recent recruitment into the corporate team in Singapore and the arrival of Andrei Baev into the Project Finance team in London also complement Lisa’s international cross-border transactional experience in the energy and oil and gas sectors.

Senior hires such as David Barnes and Alan Paul, who joined the firm in March and April 2012 respectively, also add significant weight to BLP’s corporate capabilities.

David Collins, BLP’s head of Corporate Finance, said: “I am delighted to welcome Lisa to the team. Her experience and track record will further boost our corporate transaction capabilities in the energy and oil and gas sectors.  Although market conditions are still tough, we remain committed to strengthening our corporate finance business at the senior level through the promotion of home grown talent and the addition of lateral hires who share our ambition and our values.”

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