Private Equity specialist Raymond McKeeve joins BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announced today that Raymond McKeeve, one of the UK’s leading private equity specialists, is to join BLP as a partner.

Raymond has over 14 years experience as a lawyer in private equity during which he helped establish the private equity practices at both Linklaters and Kirkland & Ellis.  He has advised many of the leading private equity houses and their investee companies across all areas of corporate practice, including acquisitions, disposals, flotations and restructurings.

BLP’s strong, balanced corporate finance practice combines a blue chip corporate client base, strong links to investment banks and financial advisers, a top tier restructuring and insolvency practice and a growing reputation in private equity and investment management across the breadth of asset classes.  Growing this practice in partnership with its market leading real estate, finance, tax and financial regulatory practices and enhancing its position in private equity is one of the firm’s priorities.

John Bennett, BLP’s head of corporate, said:  “This is a very exciting development for BLP.  In the context of continuing to move the centre of gravity of our corporate finance practice, we have been looking to enhance our position in the private equity market and I am delighted that we have been able to recruit someone of Raymond’s stature.  The challenges facing the private equity industry present a real opportunity for us to grow market share by combining Raymond’s strengths with the other market-leading capabilities at the firm.” 

Raymond McKeeve said: “I am really looking forward to working with BLP to build up its practice. In the current environment, having access to market leading experts across so many other disciplines will benefit not only sponsors seeking out new investment opportunities, but also those houses and their portfolio companies who are currently suffering.  We are confident that private equity will be a part of the solution to the current difficulties being faced by investors, businesses and regulators alike and we are excited by the quality of the contribution we will be able to make to that solution.” 

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