BLP creates greater synergy across international offices – Dr Thomas Prüm to join the finance team in Frankfurt

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) today announced the hire of a very experienced structured finance and real estate finance specialist, Dr Thomas Prüm. The appointment will increase synergies between BLP’s German offices (Berlin and Frankfurt), the UK office, and BLP’s wider network of offices across emerging markets; allowing the firm to better serve clients with cross border needs.

Previously counsel in the structured finance group at Ashurst in Germany, where he worked closely with CMBS specialist and recent BLP London lateral hire Simon Small, Thomas has also worked at Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Joining BLP’s highly experienced and growing finance team, Thomas brings both substantial expertise in the financing of commercial real estate transactions and advising on structured finance transactions. He also has proven Islamic finance expertise and acted on the first public Murabaha in Germany.

The hire will further strengthen BLP’s German offices which were opened in 2011 in direct response to the growing needs of clients investing into Germany and the emerging markets via Europe.  From Frankfurt, Thomas will work alongside German based partners, including: Roland Fabian, Fabian Hartwich, Carsten Bremer, and Hanns-William Mülsch. The offices work in tandem with UK based specialists including: Jayne Black, Eleanor Hunwicks and Paul Severs.

The hire also mirrors BLP finance department’s strategy to invest in partner lateral hires. Recent finance partner appointments have included: Steve Clark, Richard Todd, Simon Small, Paul Simcock, Derek Hrydzuiszko, Prashanth Satyadeva and Andrei Baev.

Matthew Kellett, managing partner of BLP’s Finance department, said: “The German offices were established to complement work flows across an increasingly global market, particularly addressing client needs within the real estate Finance sector which continues to perform strongly in spite of the economy. Thomas’ hire is testament to our commitment to invest in our department’s growth which will in turn help us better serve our client’s needs across multiple jurisdictions and markets.”

Roland Fabian, managing partner, real estate, Germany said: “Having worked with Thomas in the past, we’re delighted to welcome him to the firm. The appointment is testament to BLP’s continued commitment to both German offices which have grown substantially since being established in late 2011.”

Thomas said: “I’m thrilled to be joining BLP’s Finance department which is growing rapidly. The structured finance and real estate finance practices have a well deserved reputation for working on some of the most high quality and complex deals in the market. This reputation alongside their proven dedication to invest in the finance practice, will create a platform to advise clients both into and out of Germany.”

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