Bird & Bird builds international Banking & Finance team with Spanish hire

16 January 2007

International law firm Bird & Bird has recruited Andrés Lorrio, a banking & finance partner from Araoz & Rueda, to help build the firm’s corporate finance practice in Spain. His appointment follows the hire of corporate partner Javier Vasserot who joined the firm’s Madrid office in November 2006. Andrés will also play a key role in the expansion of the firm’s international finance group which has seen a number of recent recruits specifically in Germany, France, Italy and the UK.

Joining the firm’s office in Madrid as head of the Spanish Banking & Finance team, Andrés brings with him over 10 years experience in a wide range of banking and finance transactions, having advised both lenders and borrowers on a number of financings. These have included acquisition financings, the funding of takeover bids, corporate facilities, project financings, structured finance transactions, asset financings and restructurings. He also has hands-on experience of dealing with insolvency issues.

Commenting on his appointment, Javier Fernández-Samaniego, Managing Partner of the firm’s Spanish office said:

“I’m delighted that Andrés is joining us. His appointment, along with the recent hire of Javier Vasserot, will really help drive forward the growth of our finance work in Spain”.

Trystan Tether, head of the firm’s international Banking & Finance group added:

“Andrés appointment is a further step in the development of our global finance group. Over the past twelve months alone we have attracted some leading finance specialists across our offices; Bertold Frisch in Frankfurt, Hervé Pillard in Paris, Raimondo Maggiore in Milan and Charles Proctor, a senior lateral partner hire in London”.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrés added:

“This is a very interesting opportunity for me. Bird & Bird is expanding internationally at a rapid pace and their dedication to building their practice in the finance sector makes this a very exciting move”.

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