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Dickson Minto is beefing up its banking department with the hire of Weil Gotshal & Manges senior associate Chris Barron, who is joining the firm as a partner.
The hire at the private equity-led firm is particularly notable in that Barron’s father, banking specialist Michael Barron, is an equity partner at Dickson Minto.
“For some time we have been looking to strengthen our banking department in London,” said Dickson Minto co-founder Alastair Dickson. “Everyone we asked told us that Chris was the best man and although we would not naturally look at a relation of another partner, it was clear that he has a great reputation and has the right experience for the post.”
Barron is best known for structured financing and general corporate lending transactions. He has particular experience of acting on domestic and cross-border bank and bank/bond leveraged financings and acts for lenders, sponsors and borrowers.
Barron’s investment bank clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citibank, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank while his financial sponsor clients include 3i, Charterhouse, Exponent, OMERS, PAI, Providence and STAR Capital.
Prior to joining Weil, Barron was part of the London banking group of Allen & Overy. He has also spent extended periods on secondment with RBS and with Nomura’s acquisition and leveraged finance team.
Barron said his father had “kept himself out of the discussions” about his joining the firm but was “very supportive of the idea of me coming on board”.
Barron added that his hire was on merit.
“If it hadn’t have been I wouldn’t have joined,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Weil but I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with private equity practice at Dickson Minto.”
It is understood that Barron had been close to joining White & Case as a partner but ultimately decided on Dickson Minto.
Stephen Lucas, the head of Weil’s London banking group, said: ”Chris is a fantastic lawyer and we’re really sorry he’s leaving. We wish him all the best.”