HFW has continued to expand its global transactional offering with the hire of senior corporate partner Aline Poncelet. She specialises in French corporate, M&A and capital markets work, and joins the firm’s Paris office from Paul Hastings. Poncelet has more than 25 years’ experience in public and private M&A, capital markets, share issues, takeover bids, financial services and corporate governance. She acts on behalf of listed and private corporations, insurance companies, financial institutions, fintech and investment funds.
K&L Gates has added Kane Barnett as a partner in the financial services team at its Sydney office. He joins from Clifford Chance, where he led that firm’s Australian funds practice. Barnett has extensive experience acting for Australian and international clients on fund formation, investments in funds, and investments by and transactions involving funds. He advises across a broad range of asset classes, including listed and unlisted real estate, infrastructure and private equity funds. Barnett regularly assists foreign investors with structuring their investments in Australian infrastructure and real estate assets, and also advises on Australia’s financial services regulatory regime. His clients included many leading Australian and international asset managers, as well as sovereign wealth funds and large pension funds from Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges has added Daniel Abercromby as a partner in the banking and finance practice, based in Hong Kong. He joins from Kirkland & Ellis, where he was a partner in the Hong Kong office. His practice focuses on cross-border leveraged and acquisition finance transactions, both public and private, together with the refinancing and restructuring of such transactions, ranging from covenant resets to debt-for-equity swaps. Abercromby acts for both borrowers (primarily private equity funds and their portfolio companies) and lenders (primarily direct-lending credit funds).