Legal business DWF has appointed partner Alistair Hogarth to its London corporate team as the firm continues to enhance its City presence. Alistair joins from PwC Legal, where he spent 20 years of his career, and specialises in mid-tier M&A transactions, large-scale due diligence projects, private equity transactions and joint ventures across key sectors, including energy & industrials, retail and technology.
Coming from a multi-disciplinary professional services background, he has significant experience in advising clients on the optimisation of their internal corporate and group structures, including capital restructurings, corporate group simplifications, intra-group financings, management incentive planning and cross border corporate substance planning . Alistair also has considerable expertise in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) work complementing DWF’s international practice, particularly out of DWF Germany, which has a substantial CEE client base.
Over the course of his career, Alistair has been involved in a number of high-profile deals both internationally and in the UK, notably the privatisations of Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines and Tbilisi’s regional water companies, upstream acquisitions of E&P assets in Kazakstan, acting for Chinese securities broker GF Securities on its acquisition of Natixis Commodity Markets Limited, the first acquisition by a Chinese company of a FCA regulated entity, and acting for the selling shareholders on the sale of the UK, Ireland and European facilities management business of GSH Group to the Danish listed ISS Group.
Matthew Doughty, London's Head of Corporate at DWF, said: “Alistair brings a wealth of experience and has an excellent mid-market transactional background, which fits well with our profile and market position both in London and nationally. Alistair’s appointment is a key part of our strategic growth plan to increase our London capability for the benefit of clients firmwide.”
Alistair Hogarth said: “DWF's corporate team has a strong focus on delivering M&A and private equity work for mid-market companies and is one of the most active firms in the UK market, which provides a well-established platform from which to continue to build the team's presence in London."
DWF’s circa 200-strong corporate practice has recently been ranked one of the UK’s top ten most active legal advisers by deal volume in Experian's 2016 M&A end of year report, transacting on over £6bn worth of deals in the year. To support the level of high-volume work, DWF has further enhanced the team’s capability, including the London team’s most recent appointment corporate director Justin Edgar from Harbottle & Lewis and corporate associate Nick Crisp from Mills & Reeve.