FFW bulks up London corporate with Eversheds ECM head

Eversheds has seen a further exit from its partnership with equity capital markets (ECM) head Neil Matthews leaving to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).

Matthews is expected to join FFW in August as a partner in the City’s firm’s London corporate practice and is currently on gardening leave.

He has been at Eversheds since 1989, making partner in 1996 and advising on IPOs for companies including Abcam, Ilika, May Gurney, Norcon and Plusnet.

He covers corporate work including M&A, corporate governance, and ECM related to AIM and other stock exchanges, with focus on real estate and healthcare.

Matthews also advised Apollo Group on its takeover of BPP Holdings in 2009 and May Gurney on its takeover by Kier Group this year.

FFW managing partner Michael Chissick said the hire was part of a wide partner recruitment programme largely covering corporate – which he described as “underweight” – and banking and finance and disputes, as well as the firm’s core strength in TMT.

He added in a statement: “Neil has considerable and broad expertise in equity capital markets and is a leader in his field.  He has been highly recommended by our current client base and so I have no doubts he will be a great addition to the firm. Moreover, this appointment adds further depth to what is already regarded as one of the leading AIM teams in the City.”

Companies House filings show 22 partners have left Eversheds’ LLP since the start of 2013, with recent exits including UK corporate head Mark Spinner’s departure for Osborne Clarke in London (27 February 2013).

Gordons also recently took a team in Leeds including partner Terry Saeedi to launch a pensions team (4 June 2013).

Eversheds declined to comment.