Simmons & Simmons expands its banking practice to meet the growing needs of the market

05 Feb 2019

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has expanded its banking practice with the hiring of a new partner. James Taylor joined the firm’s London office on 01 February 2019 as a partner in the banking team. His arrival follows the recent appointment of Dr Jens W. Gölz, who also joined the firm’s Frankfurt office on 01 February, boosting its banking and finance offering.

These new appointments mark expansion of the firm’s banking practice which over recent years has grown its percentage of work for non-clearing bank lenders and cemented its position as a market-leading team. These new hires will work to ensure the firm continues to meet the growing needs of clients who are active in banking and real estate finance across all sub-sectors and asset classes.

James joins the firm from Paul Hastings LLP where he was a partner. With nearly 17 years’ experience in debt finance across multiple product lines and sectors - including real estate finance, asset-backed finance, leverage and acquisition finance - James will greatly enhance the firm’s offering in these areas and assist the continued plans for growth.

Commenting on James’ arrival, partner and head of the Real Estate Finance practice, Mark Waghorn said: “We are delighted to have James join the real estate finance team bringing his considerable pedigree and experience to the now seven strong partner group within our banking team. We continue to grow the breadth and depth of the Real Estate Finance (REF) practice which very deliberately works for all participants in the market from clearing and investment banks to insurance lenders and other more recent entrants, including the debt funds. With our colleagues in real estate we also continue to grow our borrower practice.”

Partner James Taylor also commented: “I am very excited to join the firm’s market-leading REF practice and I look forward to continuing to grow the practice both in London and across its strong international platform.”

Upon joining the firm, James will focus on the firm’s non-clearing banking clients and collaborating with our international team to further develop the practice.

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