Banking team boosted with new partner hire

11 February 2010

International law firm Stephenson Harwood has grown its finance team by hiring Jayesh Patel (Partner) and Jonathan Proctor (Senior Associate) from Denton Wilde Sapte LLP. Jayesh's appointment is the firm's third partner hire this year following the appointments of Nick Avery from Ashursts as a project finance partner and Peter Bennett from Holman Fenwick Willian as a commodities partner.

Jayesh has previously worked at Linklaters, Clifford Chance, Theodore Goddard and moved to Denton Wilde Sapte in 2003. He is a general banking partner with particular expertise in corporate trusts, debt restructuring and real estate finance. Whilst at Denton Wilde Sapte, Jayesh also headed up the firm's Corporate Trusts practice. As one of a small handful of corporate trusts and bond restructuring lawyers in the City, he has acted for the institutional bondholders or the bond trustee in the restructuring or insolvency of a number of major corporates, including Heron, Barings, Railtrack, Marconi, TXU and British Energy.

Jayesh has also acted on some of the most high profile finance transactions in recent years including; advising Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc as bond trustee on the debt restructuring of British Energy and TH Global; advising Capita as bond and security trustee on  issues relating to various securitisations; and advising Eurohypo AG and RBS on a range of property investment and development financings.

Mark Russell, Head of Finance at Stephenson Harwood commented: "Jayesh is a first class banking partner and a highly respected figure in the market. He has a blue chip practice and his appointment enhances the firm's finance practice. He also has a proven track record for business development and is likely to provide spin off business for others areas of the firm including insolvency, corporate and real estate."

Jayesh added; "Stephenson Harwood has a well-established finance team with a strong reputation for high quality work. The firm's standing in the market, its strong banking client base and its commitment to further grow the finance practice made it an extremely attractive proposition."

Stephenson Harwood's finance practice operates as a global practice with a total team strength of over eighty specialists based across the key asset finance hubs in Europe and Asia.