Squire Patton Boggs has announced the appointment of Financial Services partner Debra Cooper, who has joined the firm from Pinsent Masons in Manchester.
Debra Cooper has over 10 years’ financial services experience, particularly in the area of real estate finance. Recommended by the recently published Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 UK client guides, she also advises clients on acquisition finance transactions, general corporate lending, and is regularly instructed on cross-border matters. She has also spent time on secondment within the Real Estate Finance Transaction Team at the Royal Bank of Scotland plc.
Debra Cooper joins the firm’s expanding Financial Services Practice Group, noted for its strength in asset based lending, acquisition finance, development finance, project finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance and structured finance.
Andrew Knight, EMEA head of Squire Patton Boggs’ global Financial Services Practice Group, said: “Financial Services is an area of strategic investment for our firm and Debra is the latest in a number of senior appointments we’ve made across the UK during the course of the past 18 months, significantly strengthening our financial services offering.
“Debra is well-connected and has generated a broad base of instructions from the North and in London. Her experience also presents synergies with our Real Estate Practice, particularly since some of her work originates off-shore and has cross-border components.”
Claire Shepherd, head of the firm’s Manchester Financial Services team, commented: “Debra has an excellent reputation and is highly regarded by the banks and business community. The depth and breadth of Debra’s real estate finance expertise, as well as her experience in acquisition finance, complements that of our Northern team, our Financial Services Practice in the UK and globally.”
“We are very pleased to welcome Debra to the firm,” added Rob Elvin, managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Manchester. “She is a dynamic, experienced lawyer with a wealth of connections who will be a real asset to our team.”