Baker McKenzie Boosts Leveraged Finance Division
Leveraged finance is the use of an above-normal amount of debt, as opposed to equity or cash, to finance the purchase of investment assets. Leveraged finance is done with the goal of increasing an investment’s potential returns, assuming the investment increases in value. Private equity firms and leveraged buyout.
Baker McKenzie has hired Ben Wilkinson from White & Case where he was a partner in the Debt Finance practice. Ben will join the banking and finance practice in London on May 3rd, to help build out the Leveraged Finance team.
With over 16 years in the legal industry, Ben’s experience includes advising investment banks and private credit funds in relation to cross-border acquisition finance transactions, in particular those with complex capital structures.
He regularly advises lenders, borrowers and financial advisors in connection with the bank financing of acquisitions of public companies, and also acts for a variety of lender syndicates, steering committees, sponsors and companies in relation to various restructuring matters.
Ben is an important strategic hire with a focus and strong experience in cross-border leveraged / acquisition financing transactions, particularly on the lender-side, which will significantly expand our capabilities in the leveraged finance space.
London Managing Partner Alex Chadwick added: “We are very excited about Ben joining our Banking & Finance group in London. His practice is firmly aligned with our strong industry focus and his hiring represents our ambitions to become one of the leading transactional Firms globally.
Ben has a long track record of doing deals in the financial sector which supports our ambitions to strengthen our relationships with sponsors.”
We will continue to grow our transactional partnership in London and other key markets, both laterally and organically.”
Ben Wilkinson’s hire comes after a number of recent lateral appointments including mergers and acquisitions partner Nick Rainsford who joined from Ashurst, private equity partner Justin Hutchinson who joined from Kirkland & Ellis, Adam Eastell a partner from Slaughter & May and Nick Bryans, also from Ashurst.
Baker McKenzie is a transactional powerhouse with over 2500 deal lawyers and expertise in over 46 countries. We excel in cross-border deals – over 60% of our deals are multi-jurisdictional. We are global and local, combining money market sophistication with local excellence.