DMH develops London with corpfin figure

DMH Stallard has hired the former corporate finance chief of Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells in the latest step in its plan to expand in London.

Chris Ashworth joins the firm as a consultant, and will help develop DMH’s corporate and M&A ­offering in the City. He is the ­latest in a string of high-profile arrivals at the Gatwick-headquartered firm’s London base.

Former Freshfields ­Bruckhaus Deringer finance head Perry Noble joined last year, followed by ex-Weil Gotshal & Manges finance partner Stuart Hills, who previously worked with Ashworth at O’Melveny & Myers.

Ashworth joined the US firm as London co-head in 2005 and helped establish its European M&A team before leaving for Lovells, where he spent just over a year, in 2008.

“We’re looking to show the outside world that DMH is in business for the big deals,” said Ashworth. “I have experience of building up teams and I’m looking forward to helping the firm expand its practice in London.”

DMH managing partner Tim Aspinall said: “[Ashworth’s] appointment is a key part of our strategy to develop a compelling alternative to any of the major firms.”

Ashworth will continue in his role as general counsel at Monaco-headquartered asset management group Knight Vinke.