31 October – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Simmons & Simmons is fur…

31 October – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Simmons & Simmons is further expanding its international banking practice with the recruitment of three new partners, Mark Moody, Simon Middleton and Simon Schiff. Mark Moody joins the firm on 17 October, Simon Middleton joins the firm on 31 October and Simon Schiff joins on 1 December.

Mark Moody joins Simmons & Simmons from White & Case where he worked in the London and Singapore offices. He specialises in asset finance. Most recently, Mark has acted for BNP Paribas and Société Générale and a number of leasing companies, equity participants and airlines on the full range of aircraft finance transactions. Mark has also acted on several project finance deals, most notably in the LNG and power sectors.

Simon Middleton joins Simmons & Simmons from Allen & Overy where he was a senior associate in the Banking department. He specialises in global loans, acquisition finance, property finance and investment grade lending, as well as restructuring. Most recently, Simon has acted for Barclays, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and RBS.

Simon Schiff joins Simmons & Simmons from Lovells where he was a senior associate in the international capital markets group. He brings with him a wealth of experience in capital markets transactions with emphasis on structured finance, securitisation and emerging markets transactions. Most recently Simon has advised ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Société Générale. He brings with him two assistants from Lovells, Michael Lorraine and Katherine Knox.

David Dickinson, Head of International Banking said:

“These recruitments are the next phase in our plan to significantly increase the size of the banking practice. Our overall aim is to advise on a higher volume of quality banking work across our network. I am delighted with these new appointments and look forward to using their experience to build on our asset finance, bank lending and securitisation practices.”

Mark Norris, Head of the London Banking Group said:

“We are committed to deepening our relationship with our bank clients. These clients value the quality of our lawyers and our ability to advise in a timely fashion on some of the most demanding transactions. It follows that to deepen these relationships we need to ensure that we continue to provide our bank clients with a consistently superior service. These appointments, plus that of partner Bodo Schaar in September, are an important part of this strategy.”

Simmons & Simmons’ banking practice has recently advised:

The Ministry of Defence on the £13bn Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme and the £10bn Military Flying Training System project.

Sojitz Corporation on the transfer and financing of its fleet of aircraft.

TUI AG on the bank financing for its proposed €1.7 billion recommended cash offer for Canadian container shipping company, CP Ships.

BNP Paribas on a €750 million five year term and rev
olving credit facility for Trader Classified Media Group.

Banca Intesa on a €640 million securitisation of health receivables.
Hypo Real Estate Bank International on the €125,000,000 Islamic financing of 33 Grosvenor Place, London.

Société Générale on the €500 million Douro SME Series 1 securitisation transaction, the first cash securitisation of loans to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Portugal.

The Scottish Retail Property Limited Partnership on a £430 million loan secured on two shopping centres in Scotland.

The British Land Company PLC and the Broadgate companies in connection with the £2.080 billion refinancing of the Broadgate Estate.

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