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Clyde & Co expands structured finance team

  • Press Releases 14 October 2010 14 October 2010

Clyde & Co is delighted to announce that Chris Sykes and Robert Franklin have joined the firm's structured finance team.

Chris joins Clyde & Co as a partner from Osborne Clarke. Chris' principal areas of experience include acquisition finance, property finance, general corporate banking and asset finance. In particular, he has advised banks on most types of property finance, both investment and development, and ranging from residential to commercial, industrial and retail property. Chris' clients have included RBS, HBOS, Barclays Bank, Allied Irish Bank, and Bank of Ireland. Most recently Chris has acted for the Consensus Business Group in relation to a wide range of financing including securitisation.

Robert Franklin specialises in project finance, and was previously at Denton Wilde Sapte. He is experienced in advising sponsors, funders and public authorities in relation to the development and implementation of major projects in a wide range of industry sectors, including roads, rail, airports, healthcare, education, accommodation, water, defence and natural resources. Robert has advised on numerous projects outside the UK, predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa and the CIS. Robert’s clients have included Standard Bank PLC, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, ENH, GMR Infrastructure Limited, Primary Plus Limited and Amber Infrastructure Group.

Clyde & Co partner John Morris said: "We are strengthening the breadth and depth of services that we provide in the international projects, construction and real estate sectors. The appetite for development projects in emerging markets continues to grow. There are great opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa (where we have an office in Dar es Salaam), India, China and Brazil (where we also have offices). Chris and Robert bring a wealth of experience to our global practice, bolstered earlier this year with the addition of the top-rated Shadbolt team."