Bird & Bird Strengthen Banking and Financial Services Group

30 January 2001

International law firm, Bird & Bird, has appointed finance and insolvency specialist, Matthew Lindsay, as a partner in the Banking and Financial Services Group.

Matthew joins from Olswang where his experience has been in dealing with all aspects of asset-based lending, mainstream debt finance and corporate insolvency and reorganisation. In particular Matthew has extensive experience of raising debt finance secured upon innovative and often intangible assets. On the insolvency side, Matthew has close relationships with a number of firms of insolvency practitioners.

Matthew originally qualified as a barrister before joining the banking department of Allen & Overy where he worked on many high profile insolvencies during the last recession.

Trystan Tether, head of Bird & Bird's Banking and Financial Services Group comments:

"The growth of the firm both internationally and in the UK has resulted in a substantially increased volume of finance work of all descriptions. The diversity of our banking practice - which encompasses cutting edge know how in the e-commerce, IT and communications convergence field and traditional financial sector expertise - demands legal advisors with the depth and breadth of Matthew's experience.

Matthew also boosts our business recovery and insolvency practice which is inevitably becoming more active given recent developments in the technology sector. Matthew has a rare combination of skills which will help us meet the demands we face".

Matthew Lindsay adds "Bird & Bird has an unparalleled reputation for its finance expertise in e-commerce, IT and communications. The growth of these areas along with the firm's push into mainland Europe can only lead to further expansion in these areas. I am very excited to be joining the firm at this time."

The recruitment of Matthew follows hard on the heels of that of Jeremy Sharman, a litigator who recently joined from Allen & Overy in Hong Kong to expand the Banking Group's contentious banking and corporate recovery practice.