BLP furthers its global Corporate Finance strategy by appointing a two partner US securities team in London

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today (11 June 2015) announced the appointments of Katherine Mulhern and Bobby Schrader as partners into its Corporate Finance practice group. Their appointment brings the total number of Corporate Finance partners to 27 across all offices.

The appointments of Katherine and Bobby provide BLP with a focused US securities offering. With these hires, the firm will provide its clients with strength and depth in US securities advice and transactional experience. In addition, Katherine and Bobby will help clients navigate US and UK issues and matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, equity, funds, fixed income and structured debt offerings. This represents a critical step in implementing the firm’s global corporate finance strategy, capturing the important US securities law and European regulatory advisory work for BLP’s key corporate and financial intermediary clients.

Katherine, who will join the firm on 1 September, is a senior transactional partner with extensive experience in founding and building US securities practices. Before joining BLP, she founded the EMEA US securities practice at Hogan Lovells, building it into a Chambers-ranked practice. She joins BLP from Proskauer Rose, where she was the co-founder of its European capital markets practice. Katherine has significant experience advising large financial institutions, corporates, REITS, funds, asset managers and exchanges on a variety of transactions, including J.P. Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), where she was also seconded, SAB Miller, the London Stock Exchange and Terrace Hill plc. Katherine is also a member of several boards, including the London Women’s Forum, Board Apprentice Limited and the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, where she is currently on sabbatical acting as Interim Executive Director.

Bobby joined BLP on 7 April 2015 from BAML where he was Assistant General Counsel and Director. He had worked at BAML since 2005 where he served as counsel to the equity capital markets division of the Bank’s Investment Banking Department in the EMEA region and later as counsel to the Global Research Business in London. Prior to his time at BAML, Bobby worked for nine years at Linklaters in its London and Frankfurt offices.

Katherine and Bobby’s appointments create a core capital markets team with key capabilities and wide ranging experience advising both issuers and investment banks. With the strategic appointment in March 2015 of regulatory partner Martin Sandler, who has expertise in trading and markets having spent 10 years as head of the legal team on the BAML trading floor, BLP has created a unique offering – a team with strength and depth of experience (with over 20 years’ combined in-house experience) in advising investment banks on a variety of issues on the advisory and public sell side. This core offering differentiates the firm’s London-based regulatory and advisory capabilities for its investment banking clients, giving it deep insight into underwriters, both in terms of executing transactions and advising on US, UK and European regulations relevant to capital market offerings.

Lisa Mayhew, Managing Partner, BLP, commented: “There is a small pool of talented individuals in this particular marketplace but in Bobby and Katherine we have two people of high calibre with diverse experiences that give us the ability to advise clients at every level of the value chain in respect of capital market transactions in London. Their appointments, combining together with the regulatory skills of Martin Sandler, demonstrates our long-term commitment to investing in our Corporate Finance offering.”

Katherine said: “I’ve known Bobby for almost a decade and his broad and deep in-house transactional and regulatory experience, together with his strong relationships with banks and financial institutions, will make us a strong team.

“Previously, I’ve worked with large financial institutions, REITS and real estate companies, funds and asset managers as well as the London Stock Exchange, and with the solid foundation already in place at BLP, I will look to strengthen existing relationships, bring in new contacts to the firm, and with the strong ECM team already in place, win additional work.”

Bobby added: “Katherine is an excellent and effective lawyer with a strong track record of developing capital markets practices. Moreover, Martin and I have known each other both at BAML and in the marketplace more generally for 10 years. His breadth of experience from advising many different financial intermediaries and grasp of risk issues will enhance BLP’s transactional regulatory offering. I am very much looking forward to teaming up with both Katherine and Martin to leverage our combined experiences, relationships and skill sets to the dynamic corporate finance platform at BLP.”

BLP’s Corporate Finance team has acted on over 60 IPOs since 2004, instructed by both a broad range of the banks and brokers. New clients include BCA Marketplace plc, Secure Income REIT, Crossrider plc, Plus500 Ltd, and XLMedia plc. Other active clients include Action Hotels, International Mining and Infrastructure Corporation (IMIC) and Redde plc among others.

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