Gateley Plc increases Banking team

The UK’s first commercial law firm to become a publicly-quoted company, Gateley Plc, has announced two more appointments to its national Banking and Finance team.

Christopher Fanner, formerly Head of Corporate Lending and Leveraged Finance at Herbert Smith Freehills, joins the firm as partner and Richard Cowan has joined the firm from Pannone Corporate as senior associate.

Christopher, who for the past 14 years has been ranked in Chambers, Legal 500 and Legal Business as a ‘leading individual,’ has been appointed as London Head of Corporate Lending and Leveraged Finance.

With over 25 years’ experience in a wide variety of corporate and leveraged debt financings, Christopher boasts a client list that includes UK and international lending banks, investment banks, debt funds, private equity funds, portfolio companies and both investment grade and sub-investment grade corporate borrowers.

On joining Gateley Plc, Christopher commented: “It’s an excellent time to be joining a banking and finance practice which is growing quickly and is winning great mandates here in London and around the UK from the leading corporate banks, corporates and private equity funds. I’m particularly looking forward to working with the team across the country to grow our existing bank and private equity relationships and in the immediate future to help to build our finance team here in London and the Thames Valley.”

Richard joins from Pannone Corporate, where he headed up the Corporate Banking and Finance Practice and will be based at Gateley Plc’s Manchester office.

Richard has almost 10 years’ experience of acting on leveraged finance transactions, real estate finance, refinancings and restructurings, and general corporate banking.  He has acted for a range of banks and financial institutions, funds and trusts, and corporate borrowers, developing a strong reputation in Manchester and the North West, and he is recognised by Legal 500 for his work in the region.

Commenting on the appointments Andrew Madden, national Head of Banking at Gateley Plc, said: “The Banking & Finance team is an important part of the Gateley Plc business and has seen a prolonged period of growth as financial institutions across the UK respond positively to our commercially focused, partner-led approach to service. The signs are that this growth will continue, with increasing numbers of lending options available to businesses to support their investment across all markets, I am excited that we have been able to bring on board lawyers of the calibre of Chris and Richard to join our team, help us to continue our journey and further expand the reach of our practice.”