Five Partner Banking Team

26 May 2011

Simmons & Simmons Hires Five Partner Banking Team in London


Simmons & Simmons has expanded its leading financial markets practice with the hire of a five partner banking team. John Hayward, Richard Hughes, Simon Kildahl, Bob Jones and Mark Waghorn will expand the firm’s offering to financial institutions in London and internationally.

The team’s expertise includes acquisition finance, asset finance, general corporate lending, real estate finance, structured finance and restructuring.

The team, previously at Berwin Leighton Paisner, has a market leading reputation for banking deals. Their major client relationships include Barclays Bank, HSBC Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and a number of other major banking institutions.

Commenting on the appointments, Simmons & Simmons’ Managing Partner Jeremy Hoyland, said: ‘‘Members of this team have an outstanding reputation in their field, and share our ethos for establishing and maintaining successful long term relationships with clients, making them a fantastic fit for our team.’’

‘‘Our transactional banking practice in London is already recognised for advising major commercial and investment banks, funds and other market players, and the addition of this team will significantly expand our offering to our clients.’’


John Hayward: specialises in acquisition finance acting for banks, private equity houses and corporate borrowers.

Richard Hughes: advises on real estate finance, structured finance, asset finance and general banking. He has wide ranging transactional experience of bank and bond markets.

Bob Jones: a former managing partner of Berwin Leighton Paisner. For the last ten years, Bob has acted as a strategic business development partner, and been responsible for generating and enhancing a number of client relationships.

Simon Kildahl: a real estate finance partner with a wide ranging practice. He handles all aspects of real estate finance including development, investment, CMBS, mezzanine and restructuring.

Mark Waghorn: a real estate finance partner, handling all aspects of real estate finance, with strong relationships with a number of financial institutions.


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