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‘Continuing growth’: Taylor Wessing makes capital markets play with K&L Gates senior corporate hire

Taylor Wessing has made a key hire in a bid to boost its equity capital markets offering with the appointment of K&L Gates corporate finance partner Jeremy Landau.

Cited as a ‘key contact’ by the Legal 500, Landau is a specialist in international corporate and equity capital markets, and has advised on transactional work across industries including technology, media and communications, clean tech, healthcare, life sciences and financial services.

He previously advised companies and investment banks on IPOs and fundraisings on the London Stock Exchanges’ Official List and AIM market.

Recent work highlights for Taylor Wessing’s capital markets team includes advising Tritax Big Box REIT on its IPO and fundraisings over a two-year period on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, raising a total of over £700m; and advising On the Beach Group on its £240m IPO on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

Taylor Wessing corporate finance head Russell Holden said: ‘Jeremy has long been recognised as one of the most experienced lawyers in the equity capital markets space and his international and industry experience fits very well with our strategy and existing client base.’

Landau said: ‘Taylor Wessing sees corporate as a key part of the firm’s overall strategy, both in the UK and internationally, and, importantly, the firm has key sector strengths that align well with my practice. As such, [the firm] is a great platform for me and I am looking forward to being part of the continuing growth story of the [its] capital markets practice.’

Recent firm investment in capital markets hires saw Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher appoint Herbert Smith Freehills’ partner duo Steve Thierbach and Chris Haynes in September last year. In November King & Wood Mallesons dipped into the laterals market, and appointed US securities partner Bart Capeci in London from Sidley Austin, as it too makes a concerted push for capital markets work.