DWF has announced the strategic appointment of two partners to its corporate and banking practice in Scotland. Chris McLauchlan joins as an associate partner in the banking team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, where he was a senior associate. Gary MacDonald joins as an associate partner in the corporate team from Pinsent Masons where he was a legal director.
Chris McLauchlan has advised sponsors, corporate borrowers, retail and investment banks and alternative capital providers across multiple jurisdictions for over ten years. Using his experience in corporate lending, leveraged finance, real estate finance and restructuring transactions, Chris will help to grow the firm’s banking practice in Scotland and work closely with the national team.
With extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and restructuring, Gary MacDonald will strengthen the firm’s 70-strong national corporate team and help build the firm’s energy, financial services, technology and life sciences sectors. Prior to his role at Pinsent Masons Gary worked in-house at The Royal Bank of Scotland.
Alasdair Peacock, national head of corporate and banking at DWF, commented: “Chris and Gary’s appointments strategically bolster our corporate and banking teams in Scotland. Together they offer specialist knowledge and sector expertise that will enhance the teams’ capabilities, ensuring they will play a key role in the future development of our Scottish and national practice, helping us to support and deliver positive results for our national client base.”
Chris McLauchlan added: “DWF’s clear vision and dynamic culture provide a strong platform to work effectively with my Scottish, City and international network. I am looking forward to playing an integral role in helping to build one of the leading banking practices in the UK with Scotland as a centre of excellence.”
Gary MacDonald added: “This is an exciting time to be joining DWF as it continues to build a team capable of offering a compelling proposition to clients across key sectors of the economy. I look forward to working with my new colleagues across the firm to ensure the corporate team remains at the forefront of delivering for our clients.”
The appointments of McLauchlan and MacDonald follow the hire of a four-lawyer corporate team from DLA Piper, headed by partner Paul Pignatelli, earlier this year to support the firm’s work with FTSE 100 and blue chip companies.