SJ Berwin defections continue as Taylor Wessing hires corporate partner

Taylor Wessing has hired SJ Berwin partner Tandeep Minhas to its financial institutions and markets group.

Minhas is a corporate partner who has worked on all aspects of corporate finance M&A work, including public takeovers, fundraisings and IPOs, company and business acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and reorganisations.

During her time at SJ Berwin she advised Christian Candy’s CPC Group on a swap with Icelandic bank Kaupthing after the UK arm of Kaupthing, Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander went into administration.

Her client picked up 100 per cent of a deal in a luxury Beverly Hills residential project, allowing the property developer to exit Noho Square in Fitzrovia, London (10 November 2008).

At Taylor Wessing she will form part of the financial institutions and markets group, working closely with partners Tim Stocks, Robert Fenner and Will Belcher, bringing the total number of partners in the group to eight.

Head of the UK financial institutions and markets group Tim Stocks commented: “The appointment of Tandeep to our financial institutions and markets practice is evidence of our continued commitment to the sector. We’re delighted that Tandeep has chosen to join Taylor Wessing, she brings a wealth of expertise that ideally complements our existing team.”

Minhas is the latest in a line of partners to leave SJ Berwin. Last month property litigation head Michael Metliss left for Berwin Leighton Paisner and competition partner Niamh Grogan went to Lloyds Banking Group (8 November 2010).

In September real estate head Jon Vivian quit the firm to join Irwin Mitchell taking partners Lewis Myers, Rob Thompson and Jo Footitt with him (27 September 2010).