07:10, May 02 643 0

2017-05-02 07:10:10
Taylor Wessing Dubai banking head exits for Addleshaws

Taylor Wessing Dubai banking head Habib Ullah has exited to join Addleshaw Goddard in London as a partner in the firm’s banking practice.

Habib, who joined Taylor Wessing in 2013 from legacy Nabarro to lead its banking capability in Dubai, is expected to help to “differentiate” Addleshaws’ practice in the UK. Addleshaws finance and project divisional manager Amanda Gray said that Habib will target high value, complex transactions, including a focus on securing additional borrower clients.

The firm has also recruited Allen & Overy counsel Beth Collett, a debt capital markets lawyer whose practice focuses on advising issuers and managers and trustees in the public sector. She will join as a partner in the firm’s housing finance team, and will be expected to develop and grow the firm’s public debt capital markets and private placement practices.

Addleshaws joint head of banking and head of housing finance Lee Shankland said that Collett brings “the missing piece of the jigsaw” to his practice, creating a credible public bond offering.

He added: “Persuading Beth to join our business has been a long held ambition, as most of the market knows. She is a fantastic lawyer who has carved out an unparalleled reputation for advice on public debt capital markets issues by housing associations, advising on almost 100 public debt issues since 2008.

Shankland said that Collett has already been instructed in her first week by the bookrunners on what is expected to be one of the largest public debt issues by a housing association to date.