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Reed Smith adds fund finance partner to London team

Reed Smith has appointed fund finance partner Bronwen Jones to the firm’s Financial Industry Group in London.

Jones (pictured), joins from Macfarlanes, where she led the investment fund finance group and previously served as the firm’s head of finance. As a key player in the funds finance market in London, Jones brings a wealth of experience at a key moment of growth for Reed Smith’s funds finance practice.
 
Ranked Band One in the 2017 Chambers UK Directory for Banking & Finance, Jones represents banks, other financial institutions, sponsors, general partners and fund managers on a range of fund finance matters including capital call facilities, NAV and asset backed facilities, general partner facilities and co-investment facilities. Her work also includes acquisition finance, including unitranche and mezzanine debt, and intercreditor issues, workouts and restructurings.
 
“Bronwen is one of the key players in the funds finance market in London. Reed Smith already has a one of the most experienced and largest funds finance teams in London, led by Leon Stephenson and Nick Stainthorpe,” says Nola Beirne, Vice Chair of the Financial Industry Group. “The arrival of Bronwen will substantially assist us to achieve our strategic ambition of becoming the market leading funds finance practice in Europe.”
 
“Bronwen is an extremely talented lawyer who has played a pivotal role in the development of the funds finance market in Europe,” says Edward Estrada, Chair of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group. “Her experience and background make her a perfect fit for our finance practice. As we continue to expand, our need for additional seasoned partners has become acute.”
 
Bronwen joins Reed Smith at a time when fund financing is being driven by an increase in the use of debt finance by funds, an uptick in the number of banks entering the market, and a growth in the range of funds finance products available.
 
“Funds finance is a growing market with a number of key players internationally, including US-based funds, operating across Europe. As our strategic objective is to deliver a seamless capability to our clients globally, we are delighted to welcome Bronwen to our firm as we look to grow our capabilities across Europe and beyond,” says Tamara Box, managing partner EME.
 
Reed Smith has one of the largest teams of funds finance lawyers in London and provides specialist advice on the new and developing products in this area. The firm has particular multi-jurisdictional experience in financings of direct lending, and secondary and private equity funds.
 

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