Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has further expanded its growing team in Southampton with the appointment of banking and finance solicitor Lauren Green.

Lauren has joined the firm following more than four years, Blake Morgan. She has experience assisting banks and borrowers with securing lending, acquisition finance, debt finance, development finance and debt restructuring in the SME and mid-market space.

In her new role, she will be continuing to build her knowledge and experience in these areas, while contributing to the Southampton team’s growth and success in the banking sector.

Lauren, who will be based in Southampton but servicing a national client base, said: “I am thrilled to join Shakespeare Martineau’s banking team in Southampton, especially during this exciting period of growth into the Central South market, led by James Hawkeswood.”

“I am eager to contribute to our mission to make a difference in the Central South and the Solent Freeport, and I am committed to making a positive impact on my team and being a dependable point of contact for clients.

“The adrenaline rush of deal completion and the challenge of complex transactions are aspects of the job I genuinely love, and I look forward to bringing that enthusiasm to my work here.”

In April, Shakespeare Martineau secured office space at the University of Southampton Science Park and kick-started its expansion into the Central South market with the appointment of leading corporate partner James Hawkeswood, who is heading up the firm’s local hub; commercial litigator Paula Swain; banking and finance partner Jake Holmes; and debt and asset recovery team supervisor Ray Welsby.

James said: “We are delighted to welcome Lauren to our team in Southampton. Lauren’s impressive background and dedication to her professional growth make her a perfect fit for us. Her enthusiasm for making a positive impact aligns seamlessly with our mission as we continue to expand in the Central South. We look forward to seeing her thrive and contribute to our ongoing success and growth.”

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Published: 11th July 2024
Area: Banking & Financial Services

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James leads the firm’s corporate offering from our Southampton footprint, providing commercially relevant and astute advice in relation to shareholder and financing issues and generally on corporate governance matters.

James has a wealth of experience, his practice over the last few years having developed significant traction in relation to energy and renewables businesses; health, care and education businesses; multi-generational family businesses; and technology and defence companies.

James also has a lot of experience advising on cross-border transactions; selling UK companies to non-UK buyers (especially those from the US, France and Germany) and advising groups from those countries on UK acquisitions or subsidiary operations.

James is recognised in Legal 500 for being a “leading individual, involved in a significant number of corporate transactions” and in Chambers and Partners as “patient, smart and totally unflappable”.

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