Hammonds LLP beefs up Leeds financial services and corporate team

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    Hammonds LLP in Leeds is continuing with the expansion of its corporate team with the appointment of a financial services specialist in addition to a corporate lawyer.

    Associate Jeremy Ladyman has joined the firm to work alongside his former colleague Paul Anderson who joined Hammonds as a partner from Addleshaw Goddard LLP at the start of the year.

    Jeremy Ladyman worked alongside Anderson on advising clients from a broad range of retail and wholesale financial services businesses. Prior to joining Addleshaw Goddard in 2007, he worked at magic circle law firm Allen & Overy for four years.

    Ladyman's work covers treasury market documentation (including ISDAs), energy trading agreements, financial regulatory issues, product and services development, terms and conditions for the financial sector, FSMA perimeter issues, FSA authorisations and FSA rule compliance.

    This latest hire will boost Hammonds' reputation in the financial services market which compliments the firm's highly-regarded corporate team. This year the team topped Experian Corpfin's Q1 League Tables in Yorkshire by deal value and volume.

    Among the latest deals Hammonds has advised on is the £100m acquisition of Yorkshire-based vehicle parts distributor Andrew Page and advice on the sale of baby brand Lindam to the US firm Munchkin.

    In addition the firm advised Rensburg Sheppards on its all-share £412m takeover from Investec and has also advised private equity firm LDC on its £56m management buyout of JHP Group - one of the UK's largest private sector providers of vocational education, skills training and employability programmes.

    As a result of the increased flow of deal activity in Yorkshire, Hammonds has appointed corporate lawyer Tom Ward. He joins the firm from Field Fisher Waterhouse in London and is a former student of the University of Leeds and the BPP Law School.

    Jonathan Jones, head of Hammonds in Leeds, said: "We welcome Tom and Jeremy to the firm. Jeremy will be working alongside Paul Anderson and will be a significant addition to our financial services group to further strengthening the firm's reputation in the financial services market. Tom will add his excellent experience to the busy deal flows in our corporate team."

    For further information contact: Kath Paddison, Communications Manager, Hammonds LLP, on 0161 830 5289 or email: katherine.paddison@hammonds.com

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