Firm expands UK real estate finance capabilities

20 Feb 2017

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has expanded its financial markets team this week with the addition of Helen Hagan who joins the firm’s London office as a partner.*

Helen joins from Herbert Smith Freehill. She advises borrowers and lenders on a broad range of lending transactions and debt restructurings with a particular focus on the real estate sector. Helen also advises on UK and European finance deals and has worked on secondment to investment banks and funds. Her experience also includes working in Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Moscow as well as in London.

Mark Waghorn, head of real estate finance says: “We have significantly bolstered our real estate finance capability in the last year. Helen’s arrival follows that of Jen Yee Chan who moved from King & Wood Mallesons, and Will Greig from Pinsent Masons. We now have over 30 partners in our global real estate finance team who work across our offices in Europe, Asia and Middle East. Helen’s arrival further strengthens our position in the market; I look forward to working with her.”

Jonathan Hammond, head of the firm’s international financial markets group and its financial institutions sector group, commented; “Helen brings a wealth of real estate finance expertise to the firm and her arrival both supports the ongoing growth of this capability within the UK and creates further opportunities for our work in the Financial Institutions and Asset Management & Investment Fund sectors.”

*Subject to standard regulatory approvals.

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