Shoosmiths hires two Birmingham partners

Shoosmiths hires two Birmingham partners


Author: Kara Shadbolt

National law firm Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of two partners who will be based at the firm's Birmingham office.

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David Adams and Kate Featherstone

Kate Featherstone joins as partner from Pinsent Masons where she was a senior associate in the tax team and will head up Shoosmiths' tax offering in Birmingham and will advise on all aspects of corporate and business tax.

David Adams, who was previously lead partner for the Midlands banking team at Squire Sanders, will focus on all aspects of banking and restructuring, working closely with some of the UK's major banks and financial institutions at Shoosmiths.

Commenting on the new partner appointments, Shoosmiths' head of Birmingham office, Jason Jackson, said: 'David and Kate's moves to join Shoosmiths mark another forward step for our tax and banking teams here in Birmingham. Both partners have strong reputations for technical excellence and expertise and are a great cultural fit. We wish them every success here.'

Kate said: 'Now is a good time to be joining Shoosmiths and heading up the tax team here in Birmingham. The market is gaining momentum and the team has exceptional expertise to deal with all aspects of corporate matters. I'm looking forward to being part of the excellent team already established at Shoosmiths.'

David said: 'Shoosmiths has a very good reputation for banking and finance with market-leading clients. The firm, like me, has strong values at its core, particularly surrounding the client experience and I am excited to be a part of this.'

Kate has significant experience of private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and reorganisations. Kate has been described by the Legal 500 directory as 'technically excellent' and is noted for advice given to private equity houses. Kate has advised banks, FTSE 100 national brands and foreign companies, as well as major local businesses.

David has advised some of the world's largest banks and specialises in real estate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance (both sponsor and non-sponsor), pensions-related finance, restructuring, refinancing and asset-based lending.

Shoosmiths' tax team works closely with other practice groups in the firm to provide clients with a comprehensive and seamless service. The firm is also a member of the World Services Group international alliance of law firms.

Shoosmiths' national banking and finance team advises clients on a range of financing transactions across a wide variety of sectors, often with a multi-jurisdictional element.

The team acts for borrowers, lenders and investors with expertise extending to corporate lending, acquisition finance, real estate finance, rail, aviation and marine finance, invoice discounting and other asset-based lending and refinancings.