BLP hires RBS structured finance expert

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired a former Linklaters banking partner to build up its structured finance team.

Matthew Kellett joins the firm today from RBS, where he was UK head of financial structuring, with primary responsibility for the bank’s capital, tax-efficient ­investment and fundraising business. Prior to RBS he worked at both AIG and Linklaters.

BLP head of finance Simon Allan commented: “Matthew Kellett sits at the interface between ­structured finance and tax. He has a tax background at RBS and that’s a major ­relationship for us. ­Essentially it’s a step in our investment programme.”

Kellett’s hire is part of a push by the City firm to expand both its finance and tax capabilities. Last month the firm hired Lloyds ­Banking Group head of VAT Linda Adelson as a partner (The Lawyer, 8 February).