Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has hired a five-strong banking team, including two partners, from Stephenson Harwood.
Partners John Pike and Ted Harrison, and associates Ben Truman, Pauline Ho and Richard Hathaway all join Dundas’s banking team in London.
Pike, who is a former Stephenson Harwood chief executive, specialises in international and UK real estate investment, development, asset management, and project financing. He also headed Stephenson Harwood’s core corporate banking team. Harrison, meanwhile, focuses on corporate lending, acquisition finance, real estate finance and debt restructuring.
In a statement, Dundas managing partner Donald Shaw, said: “The recruitment of John, Ted and the team as a whole is a major coup for our London office and we’re pleased to welcome them to the firm. Their respective skill sets will further strengthen our existing financial services capabilities in the capital, and also provide a wider commercial platform from which to further develop our real estate, corporate and projects practices.
“John and Ted have a significant number of contacts in London’s banking and real estate communities, and bringing them on board will enable us to deepen our existing relationships within both sectors, which are key areas of focus for the firm.”
Dundas has been determined to grow in London for some time. In October 2011 merger talks between Dundas and Bircharm Dyson Bell fell through after failing to win partner backing (10 October 2011).