National legal business DWF has announced the strategic appointment of a partner to its corporate and banking team in London. Christian Francis joins the firm’s banking team from DLA Piper, where he was a partner in the real estate finance team.
Christian has over 14 years’ experience in real estate finance, predominantly acting for senior institutional lenders in relation to both investment and development financing arrangements across a broad range of real estate assets from light industrial portfolios, office and retail, to hotel and leisure assets. Christian also has significant experience in the financing of Continental European real estate and, more recently, advising on the development funding of student accommodation and out of town retail parks.
Commenting on his appointment, Christian said: DWF is an exciting and ambitious firm which simply provides the perfect platform for my practice.”
Alasdair Peacock, head of corporate and banking at DWF, said: “Christian brings significant experience and sector knowledge that will serve to broaden our team’s expertise and further build our profile in the City, allowing us to continue delivering a first rate service to our clients both nationally and in London.”