Gowling WLG announces banking and finance lateral partner hire

06 May 2016

International law firm Gowling WLG has appointed Matthew Harvey as a partner in its banking and finance team in London. He joins the firm from Dentons where he has been a partner since 2000.

Matthew has over 20 years' experience acting for corporates, banks and finance companies on structured, asset and export finance transactions. He handles various asset based structures, including cross-border, export credit and off-balance sheet transactions.

He has a particular focus on equipment leasing and the financing of corporate aircraft and helicopters including vendor finance, receivables finance and the sale of leasing companies and lease portfolios.

At Gowling WLG, Matthew will join the Banking & Finance team which includes 11 partners and is headed by Kirsty Barnes. He will also join a number of sector teams within the firm including aerospace, aviation and defence, automotive and financial institutions.

Matthew Harvey said: "The newly combined Gowling WLG is a dynamic firm, one which is growing and going places. I'm delighted to have joined at such an exciting time and am looking forward to working with the great team here."

Kirsty Barnes, head of banking and finance, said: "Matthew's appointment is part of our drive to increase revenue and market share in sectors including financial institutions and aviation. His experience in asset finance is truly global. This will be another significant boost to our practice following the addition of the team in Canada with the launch of Gowling WLG."

Prior to joining Dentons in 1994, Matthew spent time working in-house. He is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers for asset finance: aviation and named in The Legal 500 for asset finance and leasing.

Gowling WLG was formed on 22 February through the combination of Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. Matthew's appointment to the firm's corporate, finance and private capital group follows that of Dr Andreas Woelfle who joined the Munich office as a partner leading the firm's corporate offering in Germany.

Gowling WLG's banking and finance services include leveraged finance, asset finance, banking and derivatives, real estate finance, capital markets and securitisation, and restructuring and corporate recovery. Its major clients include financial institutions and corporates including Santander UK PLC, Sanctuary Housing Association, CBPE Capital, JP Morgan Asset Management, Marks & Spencer, Mazda and Pension Insurance Corporation Limited.