Legal business DWF has appointed Amrish Sharma as a director in the firm’s City-based banking team, where his experience in both domestic and international refinancings and restructurings will support the growth of the firm’s banking practice as it increasingly advises on high value transactions across the UK and internationally. Amrish joins from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, where he completed a secondment in HSBC’s London Central Corporate Centre.
Specialising in acquisition finance, Amrish has acted for banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers on debt financings, refinancings and restructurings, including Loan Market Association-based bilateral and syndicated credit facilities and leveraged financings. He recently acted as the lead finance associate advising HSBC as Lender on a number of matters, where he negotiated credit agreements and security documents across a broad range of sectors including healthcare, leisure, technology and professional services. He also acted on a USD$520million New York law-governed acquisition finance facility and €104million multicurrency term credit agreement for an international hotel company, and has advised on a number of transactions for UK and international banks including The Royal Bank of Scotland and Europe Arab Bank.
DWF’s national banking team is on the panels of all of the UK’s major financial institutions and acts for major national banks, funds, building societies, private equity funders and corporate borrowers on leveraged and acquisition finance and corporate lending matters. The firm also has a strong track record in real estate development and investment transactions.
Amrish commented on his appointment: “The firm’s impressive client base reflects a deep understanding of the banking and finance market as well as a commercial awareness of operating in particular sectors, and I look forward to supporting the future development of the team as it grows both its London and national profile.”
Jonathan Edwards, DWF’s National Head of Banking, added: “The strategic investments we’re making in our City banking team are allowing us to provide a more effective service to our clients on a national level as we increase our profile and client base in London while drawing on our geographic reach and strong regional capability.”
This is the third strategic senior appointment that firm has made over the past year, with the appointments of partners Christian Francis from DLA Piper in London and Alice Broadfield from Faegre Baker Daniels in Birmingham.