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Growing in the City: DWF expands corporate and banking team with two lateral hires

DWF has carried on its recruitment drive in the City with the appointment of Ince & Co‘s head of corporate insurance Richard Britain and DLA Piper partner Christian Francis to its corporate and banking team in London.

Britain, who specialises in public and private company M&A, equity capital markets and joint ventures, joins DWF’s corporate team from Ince & Co, where he was partner and head of corporate insurance. His clients include retail and investment banks, insurance companies and brokers and asset managers.

Commenting on his move, Britain said: ‘There are strong synergies with my expertise and with a well-respected and established corporate and corporate insurance practice already in place there is an excellent opportunity and platform from which we can build future growth.’

Francis joins the firm’s banking team from DLA Piper, where he was previously a partner in real estate finance with experience acting for senior institutional lenders. He is focused on investment and development financing arrangements across a range of real estate assets including light industrial portfolios, office and retail, and hotel and leisure.

The appointments follow a number of recent high profile hires to DWF’s London office, including real estate finance partners Chris Seel and Nicola Giddens; litigation partners Alan Owens and Stefan Paciorek; and corporate and banking partner Helen Corner.