City law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has hired banking & finance lawyer Patrick Keown as a partner in the firm’s corporate & commercial team.
The appointment follows 5 years of continuous growth for the corporate practice and is a strategic move to develop its existing banking & finance offering into a standalone practice. Aside from being a valuable new addition to the corporate & commercial team, Patrick will be working closely with other teams in the firm, such as BWB’s social finance and real estate teams.
Patrick’s main focus will be on driving the firm’s relationships with its corporate clients and on building the practice by acting for lenders. He has advised a wide selection of lenders including RBS, Natwest, Lloyds, Nationwide, Santander and the Co-op as well as various other specialist lenders. His areas of expertise include high value and often complex finance transactions, leveraged finance including acquisition finance, management buy-outs, management buy-ins, public-to-private transactions, real estate finance, asset based lending, receivables finance, debt restructuring and corporate reorganisations.
Mark Tasker, partner and head of corporate & commercial at BWB said, “I am delighted that Patrick is joining our team. This is a great appointment for our practice, which has grown rapidly. We are now able to offer our clients the full range of corporate finance legal services they need.”
Martin Bunch, managing partner, said: “Patrick’s arrival is fantastic news for BWB. His knowledge and experience will tie in with several other parts of our firm and thus benefit us all.”
Patrick said, “The firm’s ambition resonates well with my own entrepreneurial zest. BWB’s reputation as market and thought leader for the third sector together with its fabulous culture and ethos, immediately stood out for me. It offers clients something unique. I look forward to working with the various teams to build new business and to bring in an extra dimension to an already existing excellent client offering.”
Posted on 09/06/2015 in BWB NewsBack to Knowledge