Berwin Leighton Paisner expands PE practice

The law firm has hired former Osborne Clark practitioner Geraint Lloyd as a partner at its London offices to work on private equity transactions and fund formation.

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the European law firm with offices in London and Brussels, has recruited a new partner as part of a continuing expansion of its private equity activities.


The firm has hired Geraint Lloyd, who joins from Osborne Clarke as a partner in BLP's private equity and funds group. Lloyd has worked with a number of private equity firms among his clients, including the Close Brothers Group and Matrix Securities.


Commenting on the appointment, David Collins, head of corporate finance, said: “Lloyd’s practice represents a significant building block in our strategy of building up our institutional private equity business. His funds work is highly complementary both to our existing position in the real estate funds market as well as our business in the hedge funds arena.”


BLP's cites Platinum Equity, Providence Equity Partners, Apax Partners, GSM Capital, Cairnsford Associates and Sagitta Private Equity. The group has recently worked on a number of public to private transactions in the UK, including Pizza Express, Holmes Place, Reed Executive and Lombard Medical.


Last August, the firm announced the recruitment of Timothy Spangler, a fund specialist, who joined the firm from Latham & Watkins. The funds team now counts eleven members.


BLP's real estate funds practice acts for institutional clients including Norwich Union, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, UBS Phillips & Drew Fund Management, MWB and Capital & Regional. In addition to the firm’s offices in London and Brussels, the firm also has alliance offices in New York, Paris, Milan and Rome.