Hogan Lovells Welcomes Back Leading Finance Duo to London
01 September 2014
LONDON, 1 September 2014 - Hogan Lovells London finance practice has welcomed partners Gary Hamp and Andrew Carey back to the UK following long-term postings in Asia.
Banking partner Gary Hamp moved to Hong Kong in 2008 to develop the banking practice in the region. Regarded as one of a handful of true leveraged and acquisition finance specialists in Asia, during his time in Hong Kong Gary advised a number of high-profile corporations and financial institutions including ANZ, Bank of China, GE Capital, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank.
He has advised on a number of complex cross border transactions, including, most recently, advising a syndicate of 11 banks on a US$3.2 billion loan to the COFCO Group to finance their acquisitions of a 51% stake in Noble Group Limited's agri-business and a 51% stake in Nidera, the Dutch commodity trader and agribusiness company. This marked the largest syndicated financing in Asia this year.
Having established the Hong Kong Banking practice as a Tier one rated practice in a number of the leading legal directories, Gary returns to London in response to increased demand for acquisition finance in the London market. He will continue to work for a number of clients across the Asia region, and to lead and develop key client relationships with financial institutions, focusing on leveraged finance and structured lending work.
International Debt Capital Markets (IDCM) partner Andrew Carey relocated to Singapore in 2011 to build the Asia IDCM practice. He will continue to work closely with the IDCM team in Asia on the many long-running bond default matters on which Hogan Lovells is advising. Now based in London, Andrew will work on IDCM issues by corporates and sovereigns with an emphasis on emerging markets. He will play a leading role in developing our London Eurobond practice to leverage Hogan Lovells recently-enhanced emerging markets offering in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
In addition, Andrew is a recognised leading practitioner in the area of corporate trust and he will work closely with partner Kit Johnson to grow Hogan Lovells corporate Trustees practice, both in London and globally, focusing on the complex or problematic transactions and issues faced by corporate trust clients.
The IDCM practice in Singapore will now be led by partner Andy Ferris, who joined from Allen & Overy in Singapore in March this year.
Sharon Lewis, Global Head of Hogan Lovells Finance practice, said:
"Gary and Andrew have contributed hugely to the on-going growth of our finance practice in Asia. That practice, and our global finance clients have benefited from having partners of their caliber, expertise and experience embedded in our Hong Kong and Singapore offices for extended periods. Now we are delighted to have them both back in our London team at a time when we see more and more exciting opportunities opening up for the Finance practice there – particularly on the back of the firm's rapidly growing emerging markets practice."