Brachers Grows Its Corporate And Commercial Team With Three New Hires

16th October 2019
Judi Underdown

South-east law firm Brachers welcomes a new partner and two new solicitors to its corporate and commercial team, confirming the team’s accelerated expansion.

In recent months the team has advised on high-profile deals including advising Canterbury College on its merger with East Kent College resulting in the new EKC Group, advising DMC Capital Partners LLP on the sale of 60% of Treasury Capital Ltd to ASX-Listed EQT Holdings Limited, and on the sale of the Burden Group. It has also advised Rochester-based and AIM listed APC Technology Group Plc on three acquisitions.

New Partner, Claire Williams comes to the team with 23 years’ experience of corporate and banking transactions. She is re-joining Brachers where she worked previously from 2003-08, before joining a South-East law firm where she was a partner for 11 years and formerly head of the corporate finance team.

Brachers Head of Corporate, James Bullock said the new hires were proof of the team’s growing strength.

‘Having a new partner and two new solicitors in our team is testament to just how well the corporate and commercial division is doing. Over the last two years the team has advised on an increasing number of regional and national merger and acquisition deals as well as becoming a leading regional firm in commercial and industrial project work. As a result, we have moved from being a team with two partners, to one with five, reflecting our growth in the market share.’

‘That such a well-regarded corporate specialist as Claire has chosen to come back to Brachers shows that we are attracting the very best talent into the firm, helping us to deliver the highest level of service to our clients. I would also like to welcome our other new comers, Clara Bakosi who joins us from BDB Pitmans in London and Raul Hernandez who joins us from another Kent-based firm.’

Partner, Claire Williams, was excited by the opportunities offered by re-joining the Brachers team.

‘While a lot has progressed in the 11 years I have been away from Brachers, the thing that hasn’t changed is the way lawyers work with clients as partners and valued advisors. My strength lies with working with owner managed businesses, and I am a strong believer in working together with my clients to help their businesses grow. I look forward to the challenges that this new role at Brachers brings.’

Claire specialises in mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts, asset swaps, restructuring, demergers, and banking and finance. Having worked at both a City law firm and leading New Zealand law firm, Claire also has been named a Leading Individual South East Banking and Finance by Legal 500 2020.

All three new solicitors started in September. Raul has experience working with local and international corporations in the areas of transactions, commercial matters, corporate investigations and compliance. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Masters in International Legal Practice from University of Law, London. Raul also holds a degree a business and economics, and Masters in marine management which he obtained in Canada.

Clara comes from a City law firm where she qualified earlier this year, having previously worked as a company secretary in their corporate team as well as a paralegal. She studied law at Kingston University and BPP University.

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