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Three’s company: BLP’s former head of restructuring Ben Larkin joins Jones Day

The third partner to leave Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) for Jones Day in under six months, former head of restructuring and insolvency Ben Larkin has joined the top 10 Global100 law firm’s 100 lawyer-strong global restructuring practice.

Described as ‘an excellent operator’ by the Legal 500, during his time at BLP Larkin advised on stand out mandates such as the restructuring of companies in the TXU Group and acted for RBS in the restructuring of Le Méridien hotel group.

Larkin advises a wide variety of funds, investment banks and corporations and is currently leading cross border restructurings in the telecom, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. He specialises in corporate restructuring, turnaround and insolvency matters.

‘Ben is a superb practitioner with a market-leading reputation. He will be a perfect fit with our client base and international reach,’ said John Phillips, partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s London office.

‘Our global restructuring business is exceptionally busy with complex mandates from our investment fund, banking, and corporate client base,’ added Paul Leake, leader of Jones Day’s global business restructuring and reorganization practice. ‘Ben brings with him a wealth of experience that will be invaluable for the continuing development of our international practice.’

Larkin’s arrival follows that of BLP private equity chief Raymond McKeeve, who joined Jones Day in August 2013 followed shortly by fellow private equity partner Michael Weir.

Earlier this month BLP’s employment head Fraser Youlson joined Squire Sanders after leaving BLP in December. Matthew Kellett, former head of finance, left the firm October, prompting an external review of the firm’s finance practice.