Addleshaw Goddard is trying to carve out a niche in the regional asset finance market with the hire of Davies Wallis Foyster (DWF) partner Andrew Maskill to launch a new group. Maskill, one of the few dedicated asset finance lawyers in the North West, acts for more than 30 leasing houses, many of them attached to international banks such as ING. DWF has long been part of a small group of regional firms, that includes Wragge & Co and Burges Salmon, that City and international banks will go to for regional asset finance advice. Addleshaws' hire of Maskill leaves DWF with the highly-rated Tony Bochenski, who has a good relationship with his former employer Bank of Scotland. At Addleshaws, Maskill will be charged with building on his reputation as a regional asset finance lawyer to create a national asset finance group. Maskill told The Lawyer that he was hoping to hire a team of assistants after he starts at Addleshaws in October this year.