DWF appoints new Head of Corporate in London from Squire Patton Boggs

Legal business DWF has appointed partner Matthew Doughty to head the firm’s corporate team in London as it plans to significantly grow its capability in delivering equity capital markets, M&A and private equity work for mid-market UK corporates.

Matthew joins from Squire Patton Boggs where he led the firm’s capital markets team.

Matthew will leverage the expertise of the firm’s 180-strong national corporate services practice group to help build the firm’s capability and raise its profile in the London market. He brings over 20 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, specialising in mid-market M&A and equity capital markets transactions and ongoing securities law advice for both private and publicly owned companies, advising companies, private equity funds and mid-market investment banks active in the capital markets.  He also brings expertise in the formation of investment funds, particularly closed-ended funds investing in private equity and alternative asset classes.

Matthew comments on his appointment: “DWF’s national corporate team is already one of the most active in the UK, with an impressive track record and ambitious growth plans, and there is a clear opportunity to build on that well-established national platform to build a stronger presence in London for the benefit of clients.”

Frank Shephard, National Head of Corporate at DWF, comments: “Our national team has a very clear focus and strategic growth plan, which involves investing in our London office and increasing its connectivity with the firm’s regional hubs in order to deliver high-value corporate work for clients with greater efficiency, cost-effectiveness and expertise. We look forward to welcoming Matthew on board.”

DWF’s national corporate team is consistently ranked one of the UK’s most active M&A advisors by deal volume, and over the last 18 months has made a number of senior appointments to the team, including corporate partners Alasdair Outhwaite from Eversheds, Jeremy Swift from Square One Law, Patrick Eaton from K&L Gates and Ross Little from William Fry.

Frank Shephard

Partner - National Head of Corporate

I am Head of the National Corporate Team. I deal with all types of public and private company transactions, including M&A, Private Equity and Equity Capital Markets.