Private equity partner hire adds further boost to BLP’s corporate finance practice

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announced that it has recruited private equity specialist Catherine (Cath) Shirley as a partner in the Corporate Finance practice in London, which has seen significant investment over the past 12 months.

Cath acts for corporations, private equity funds and investment banks in the UK, the US, Europe and Australasia on a range of corporate and commercial transactions. Her corporate and commercial experience includes private and public M&A, private equity transactions, equity and debt issues, share capital restructuring and buybacks. Cath joins BLP from Skadden Arps; she has also worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Cath joins BLP’s Corporate Finance practice, which provides multi-disciplinary advice to a broad range of UK and international corporations, investment banks and brokers, private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds, special opportunities funds and other alternative asset managers, as well as senior and junior debt providers and management teams.

Today’s announcement follows the arrival of a number of new partners with substantial experience in private equity transactions, including Paul Simcock, Derek Hrydziuszko and Prashanth Satyadeva in the Banking and Capital Markets practice; whilst internally, BLP corporate lawyer Michael Weir, whose practice is also focused on the private equity sector, was promoted to partner on 1 May.

David Collins, BLP’s head of Corporate Finance, said: “Cath will be a welcome addition to our  private equity team and her appointment underlines our broader commitment to the continued programme of investment in growth of our corporate finance practice.”

Raymond McKeeve, BLP’s head of private equity, said: “Cath’s understanding of the needs of both UK and international investors and businesses will be of significant value to our multi-disciplinary private equity business, which works closely in conjunction with our sector teams to provide a truly integrated offering, which is highly-valued by our clients.”

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