Pinsents builds funds practice with addition of SJ Berwin lawyer

Pinsent Masons has boosted its partnership with the addition of a lawyer from SJ Berwin’s fund formation team.

Ian Warner
Ian Warner

Daniel Greenaway, a senior associate at SJ Berwin, joins Pinsents as a partner in its funds team after spending almost six years at his current firm.

Greenaway has experience structuring and closing buyout and debt funds. He also works on fund-related M&A deals, including the establishment of co-investment funds, the acquisition of funds and acquisition structuring.

Pinsent Masons’ fund structuring practice was kick-started by partner Ian Warner, who joined from Ashurst three years ago.

“[Greenaway’s] appointment supports our aim to significantly grow our funds team and the wider corporate and banking and finance teams in London,” said Warner. “Fund formation has certainly picked up from where we were 12 months ago, although it’s still taking a long time to raise funds.”

In January 2007 SJ Berwin lost three partners – Mark Mifsud, Richard Watkins and Justin Dolling – in a raid by Kirkland & Ellis, which was looking to build a funds team in London (TheLawyer 10 January 2011).

They were later joined by a number of associates from the SJ Berwin team.

SJ Berwin has seen a number of departures in recent months, with outsourcing chief David Meredith joining Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (7 March 2011), corporate partner Tandeep Minhas joining Taylor Wessing (8 December 2010) and real estate chief Jon Vivian leading a four-partner team that defected to Irwin Mitchell with a team of lawyers (27 September 2010).