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The Finance View – repositioning DLA’s finance team for the firm’s global ambitions

It has already been a headline-grabbing start to the year for DLA Piper’s finance team. The firm turned heads with the decision to bring in serial entrepreneur Maurice Allen as a consultant, swiftly followed with a leadership change, as it was announced Leeds managing partner Sarah Day will head up the UK finance practice, with Martin Bartlam (pictured) promoted to international head of finance and projects.

While historically known for mid-market deal finance and classic volume work for retail banking clients, in recent years DLA has striven to push the practice up the value chain, particularly in the structured debt arena. The practice, which currently makes up 17% of UK turnover, including projects, has been a target for investment for years.