GE Capital hires Links partner for new GC role

GE Capital, the finance arm of General Electric, has hired former Linklaters banking partner Neil Harnby for the newly created role of general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

GE Capital, the finance arm of General Electric, has hired former Linklaters banking partner Neil Harnby for the newly created role of general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Until now GE Capital’s legal division had been headed up by Lorna Curry, who is in charge of structured financing and lending, and Simon Ramage, who is head of legal for the leasing business and UK platform. The pair are to remain with the company and will report to Harnby. 

Harnby had been a partner at Linklaters since 2004 and was based in London. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at Denton Wilde Sapte and legacy Rowe & Mawe, now Mayer Brown.

GE Capital president for EMEA Rich Laxer said: “Neil brings deep legal industry experience across a range of key asset classes which will support the delivery of reliable and safe solutions to our clients.”

Under the legal shake-up, Ramage has also been appointed as head of overseas lending and head of GE Capital UK.

Curry was named as European head of corporate finance in January 2007, taking over from Kevin Dunn, who was promoted to European head of leverage finance. Dunn joined private equity firm 3i as general counsel in November 2007.