Reed Smith turns to Pinsents for latest finance hire

Reed Smith has continued to add to its finance practice with the hire of Pinsent Masons partner Matthew Heaton.  

Heaton, who is listed on Pinsents’ website as a specialist in leveraged and acquisition finance, syndicated and bilateral facilities and property and asset financing, joins Reed Smith’s real estate finance practice.

Tamara Box, global co-chair of the firm’s financial industry group, said the hire came during a busy year for the European real estate finance market that has seen “many alternative investors entering the market and strong demand for real estate debt”.

Heaton began his career at Allen & Overy and spent two years as an associate at Eversheds before joining Pinsents as a partner in 2007. He said that as Reed Smith had already made a number of hires into its financial industry group he felt it was “an exciting time” to be joining the firm.

Earlier this year Reed Smith hired Travers Smith leveraged finance lawyer Ben Davis, who had been promoted into Travers’ partnership in 2011 (13 February 2014). Davis, who advised the likes of Equistone, ICG, and Macquarie Bank while at Travers, joined Reed Smith as a partner.

Meanwhile, in June Reed Smith added Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate Monica Dupont-Barton as a counsel. Prior to joining Freshfields in 2010 Dupont-Barton spent over six years as an associate at Linklaters, during which time she was seconded to Axa Private Equity, Barclays and Lehman Brothers. She assisted on the latter’s administration.

The hires are part of a growth strategy put in place on the hire of Box, who joined Reed Smith from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where she was head of international structured finance, in 2012 (21 December 2011). 

Since Box joined the firm has hired carbon finance partner Peter Zaman (17 April 2012) and structured finance partner Claude Brown (12 April 2013), both from Clifford Chance.