BLP ramps up finance team with hires from DLA and Camerons

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has snared two new capital markets and project finance partners as part of the firm’s continuing bid to bolster its finance practice.

PFI and project finance specialist Kevin Jordan joins from DLA’s structured finance team, while capital markets and securitisations specialist Julian Ogley joins from CMS Cameron McKenna, where he was a partner for 22 years.

Head of BLP’s finance practice Simon Allan said the appointments were inline with the firm’s continuing strategy to expand its finance capability, which had already resulted in a 24 per cent increase in the department’s fee income this year.

BLP’s finance department now represents 23 per cent of the firm’s income.

However, this compares with the firm’s property practice, which has suffered another partner loss this month after real estate partner Daniel Lipman announced he was moving to Mishcon de Reya’s property practice.

Lipman’s departure follows Rachel Phillips, who left in August to follow a career in the church, and construction specialist Steven Williams, who left in July to join Nabarro Nathanson.