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10 April – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Sidley Austin Brown & Wood…

10 April – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Sidley Austin Brown & Wood is pleased to announce that Stephen Clark, formerly a partner specialising in acquisition and real estate finance at Ashurst, is to join the London office as a partner in the International Finance Group.

Graham Penn, Co-Head of the International Finance Group, states, “We are delighted that Steve decided to join us. We have worked with Steve on a number of transactions recently and he is recognised as an experienced acquisition and real estate finance lawyer. He will bring significant high level experience to the London office in relation to acquisition and real estate finance. That experience will complement our existing real estate finance practice and enable us further to develop our acquisition finance practice capability.”

Steve has been active in the acquisition and real estate finance markets since the early 1990s. Steve’s recruitment will enable us to strengthen and broaden our relationships with a large number of the institutions for whom we already act, and will enable us to develop new relationships with others. Steve will also provide an extremely useful resource as we continue to develop our securitisation and structured finance practice throughout Europe.

Steve will continue to advise on a wide range of acquisition and real estate finance transactions. His recruitment continues our strategy of growth in our chosen areas of practice and will significantly strengthen our ability to attract additional lateral partners and assistant solicitors in those areas of practice.”

Steve’s recruitment will bring the number of partners in the London-based International Finance Group to twenty-two and the total number of fee earners to almost seventy, the majority of whom focus upon securitisation, structured finance and structured real estate transactions, many of which involve one or more acquisitions as part of the overall structure of the financing.

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