McDermott Expands its London Private Equity Practice with Addition of Banking and Finance Partner Peter Crichton


LONDON (May 2, 2017) – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce it has appointed Peter Crichton as partner in its expanding Corporate & Transactional Practice Group in London.

Peter is an acquisition finance partner specialising in acting for lenders and borrowers in syndicated, leveraged and structured finance transactions as well as restructurings. He has over 20 years of experience working in the loan markets and joins from a major international law firm where he had a successful mid-market acquisition finance practice.

He represents prominent lenders and borrowers on a variety of deals, and is described by major legal directories as “notably adept at handling super senior loans.”

Peter’s clients include major banks, financial institutions and private equity firms such as Alcentra, Bluebay, Cordet Capital, Crescent Capital, CVC, Electra, Hayfin, HIG Capital, LDC, Lloyds Bank plc, HSBC Bank plc, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, and Sovereign Capital. Peter also acts for a variety of corporate borrowers from family owned to listed companies.

“We are delighted to welcome Peter to the Firm,” said Harris C. Siskind, global head of McDermott’s Corporate & Transactional Practice Group. “This appointment marks the continuation of our significant growth in London, and in Europe, and reflects our commitment to expanding our Corporate & Transactional capabilities worldwide. In addition, Peter advises H.I.G. Capital, McDermott’s largest PE client so we are delighted to be able to extend our offering to H.I.G.”

Andrew Vergunst, partner in charge of McDermott’s London office said, “We are very excited about this hire. Adding a first-rate finance partner such as Peter has been an imperative for our development in London. Over the last year, our Corporate & Transactional practice has been going from strength to strength with several excellent additions such as partners Piero Carbone, Michael Holter, Hamid Yunis and Alicia Videon. The growth of the London office, and Corporate & Transactional practice in particular, has been a priority for the Firm, and I am very pleased to see lawyers of Peter’s calibre joining our growing platform.”

Mark Davis, Head of London Corporate & Transactional Practice added, “Peter will add depth of skillset necessary to further boost our London Corporate & Transactional Group, particularly in private equity. His acquisition finance experience will be critical to winning mid-market private equity transactions which is our strategic area of focus.”

The Firm’s corporate practice in London works with some of the most active funds in the world, such as H.I.G. Capital Partners, Vespa Capital, Great Point Partners and Levine Leichtman. The team advises on M&A, capital markets and structured finance, private equity and corporate restructuring transactions providing clients with cross border and multi-jurisdictional transaction management. The team is highly rated by market commentators and clients. It complements McDermott’s US, Chinese, German, French and Italian practices, providing a strong English law capability for the Firm’s work in the international financial markets.

McDermott’s Corporate & Transactional Practice represents business interests around the world, from global corporations and industry-leading companies to privately funded and entrepreneurial driven enterprises, private equity sponsors and the financial institutions that support them. McDermott consistently ranks in the leading league tables, including Mergermarket, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and PitchBook. The Corporate & Transactional Practice Group was named “Team of the Year” for Middle Market M&A/Buyouts by The Legal 500 and is highly ranked by Chambers in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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