Travers Smith appoints four Senior Counsel in 2021 promotions round


Travers Smith LLP has announced the promotion of four lawyers to Senior Counsel as part of its 2021 promotions round.

The Senior Counsel appointments follow the recent promotion of seven lawyers to the Travers Smith partnership. All appointments are effective from 1 July. The new Senior Counsel and their principal areas are:

Mark Anderson, Corporate M&A and ECM

Mark is a corporate lawyer with a broad corporate practice based on a mixture of UK and cross-border private and public acquisitions and disposals, IPOs, equity fundraisings and general corporate advice. He regularly provides advice to a full spectrum of clients, including UK and overseas public and private companies, institutional investors and financial intermediaries. His recent experience includes advising Conduit Holdings on its $1.1 billion IPO, Canaccord Genuity Group on the £125 million investment by HPS Investment Partners in its UK wealth management business, Avira on its acquisition of BullGuard, Mears Group on its class 1 disposal of TerraQuest Solutions and underwriter counsel on various COVID-19 era fundraises and sponsor transactions, including Dart Group, Learning Technologies Group and Liontrust Asset Management. Mark was seconded to the Investment Banking Legal team at Nomura International in 2019.

Victoria Bramall, Private Equity & Financial Sponsors

Victoria is a corporate lawyer specialising in European and international private equity and M&A. She acts for institutions, large corporates and management teams on investments and divestments, as well as corporate lifecycle events such as reorganisations and restructurings. Key clients she has advised include Bridgepoint, ICG, Exponent and Phoenix Equity Partners. Recent work includes: advising the partners of Benson Elliot Capital Management on its sale to PineBridge; 3i on its sale of Aspen Pumps to Inflexion; Exponent on the acquisition of Dennis Publishing Group; and Ascential on the disposal of its Built Environment & Policy division - Groundsure, Glenigan and De Havilland. Victoria has previously spent time on secondment to 3i Group plc.

Danny Riding, Financial Services & Markets

Danny specialises in advising financial market participants on the legal, practical and regulatory requirements affecting their businesses. He has considerable experience of working with UK, EU and non-EU alternative asset managers, in particular, and is part the firm's Financial Services & Markets team, which advises clients with over US$ 4.5 trillion of assets under management.

Danny has a broad practice, and regularly advises clients in relation to the forthcoming changes to the UK and EU prudential regimes (EU IFD/IFR and UK IFPR); the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD); the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II); the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) and employee conduct issues in the financial services sector; Brexit and related firm and fund restructurings; the regulatory aspects of fundraising; new firm authorisations; changes in control and anti-money laundering matters.

Danny has recently helped to shape client and industry responses to the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan and the UK Green Finance Strategy. In particular, Danny actively participated in Invest Europe and Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) forums regarding the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and the EU Taxonomy Regulation. 

Rachel Wilson, Dispute Resolution

Rachel has over 10 years of commercial litigation experience and has acted for a range of claimants and defendants in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She has been involved in complex fraud claims, financial services disputes, arbitrations and competition follow-on damages claims. Rachel co-leads the Dispute Resolution Department’s Flexible Working Committee and has worked flexibly whilst taking the lead on a number of substantial workstreams in the current Trucks litigation, since joining the firm in 2017. 

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