Berwin Leighton grows PE team

The London-based law firm has announced the appointment of Daljit Singh to its private equity team from Jones Day, the third lateral hire to join its corporate finance group this year.

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the London-based mid-market corporate law firm, has expanded its private equity group with the appointment of Daljit Singh, who will head up the team when he joins later this month.

Singh joins from Jones Day, the international law firm, where he was a private equity partner since 2000. Prior to that, Singh was a partner in commercial law firm Hammond Suddards’ London office. His experience includes advising on investments, buyouts, IPOs, take privates and reconstructions for a range of private equity houses.

BLP’s private equity team was boosted last year by the appointment of Geraint Lloyd from Osborne Clarke, a UK-based international law firm. The corporate group has made two previous lateral partner hires already this year with Tim Spangler joining the funds team from Latham Watkins, the US/London law firm and Andrew Sherratt, who was previously head of corporate at DLA, the top ten UK law firm.

The ten-partner, 18-strong team has advised on a number of private equity deals in the last 12 months including the acquisition of the National Car Parks Group by Cinven and the secondary buyout of retailer Oasis by its management team backed by the Baugur Group, the international investment company. The firm has also acted on a number of recent UK take private transactions including the Pizza Express and Holmes Place bids.

The firm also has a dedicated ten-strong funds group, which looks at fund structuring and formation in private equity as well as real estate and hedge funds.

Commenting on Singh’s appointment, John Bennett, head of corporate finance at BLP, said in a statement: “Our increasing ability to attract leading individuals to the corporate team demonstrates the strides we have taken towards becoming the mid market firm of choice”.