Corporate M&A specialist David Barnes to join BLP
International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announced today that David Barnes, a highly respected international corporate lawyer, is to join BLP as a partner.
As a corporate partner at Linklaters for 26 years, including several years as Global Head of Corporate, David was involved in many high profile corporate transactions and responsible for the development of a number of important client relationships.
With his track record, market standing, client relationship skills and domestic and international experience, David’s appointment will help to accelerate the continuing evolution of BLP’s corporate transactional practice. His hire is the latest in a number of partner appointments to BLP’s global corporate team in additional to internal promotions, including leading London based mining specialist Alexander Keepin and Singapore based renewables expert Ken Cheung.
Despite difficult market conditions, the practice has continued to grow and this is reflected in the volume, value and international dimension of the transactions on which it has supported the firm’s clients. For example, the firm advised a consortium led by Gerald Ronson’s Snax 24 on the acquisition of Total’s UK downstream logistics and marketing operations and more recently a multi-office team advised on the US$1bn sale of part of the Bakrie Group interest in Bumi.
John Bennett, head of BLP’s corporate department, said: “We’re at an exciting juncture in the development of BLP’s corporate practice. David’s reputation and experience in London and Asia will facilitate the achievement of our ambitious plans.”
David said: “I am thrilled to be embarking on a new challenge with such an ambitious firm. BLP has made huge progress in recent years in the UK and internationally. I am delighted that I will be able to use my experience to help the continuing development of the firm’s global practice.”
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