22 March 2016

King & Wood Mallesons bolsters London Capital Markets offering with new partner Greg Stonefield

King & Wood Mallesons has continued to bolster its capital markets and London Corporate practice with the addition of senior M&A and ECM specialist Greg Stonefield.

Most recently a partner in Mayer Brown’s Corporate and Securities practice, Greg is a highly qualified lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in corporate finance. Before joining Mayer Brown, Greg spent 12 years at White & Case. 

Greg has significant expertise in advising large financial institutions and corporate clients on ECM related transactions, including several high profile listings on the LSE, as well as on joint ventures, M&A and other corporate advisory work. He has wide sector experience across a range of industries, including  real estate, oil and gas, mining and metals and telecoms.

With a strong track record in cross-border M&A to complement his domestic work, Greg has advised on innovative transactions involving a number of African jurisdictions - building strong links and connections with leading firms including South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. 

Greg’s appointment is part of a concerted effort to strengthen King & Wood Mallesons’ global capital markets offering in the firm’s key financial centres in Europe and Asia. His arrival swiftly follows the hire of European capital markets specialist Rudolf Haas, who joined the Frankfurt office earlier this month (March 2015). The firm has also hired a number of other US capital markets partners including Bart Capeci, who joined the firm’s London office in November 2015, Christine Chen, who joined the Beijing office, and Gary Lock and Hao Zhou who joined the Hong Kong office last year.

Stephen Kon, Senior Partner of Europe and Middle East at King & Wood Mallesons, said: “Greg’s hire supports the core strategic areas for the firm and our clients, and will further enhance our international reputation in European capital markets and corporate M&A. We are thrilled that he is joining our expanding team, where he will add real depth to help us achieve our global elite ambition.”  

Michael Goldberg, London Head of Corporate at King & Wood Mallesons, said: “Adding Greg, together with the recent hire of Bart Capeci’s US securities expertise in London, gives us a significantly broader and stronger ECM offering to our international and domestic clients. Leveraging the strength of our global platform, Greg will help grow our ECM capability and capacity, as well as adding to our leading M&A practice. His personality and approach will help us to present the strength of that offering widely to the market."

Greg Stonefield said: “With a clear focus and ambition to grow the ECM practice, King & Wood Mallesons provides us with a unique platform to build a global practice to rival key market players. I am excited to be joining a leading roster of lawyers in the London Corporate group, and to be part of a wider firm with an exceptional and growing international practice to enable me to better serve my clients.”

Greg is the 22nd partner to join the firm’s Europe and Middle East business over the last 18 months. His hire comes on the back of a successful year for the firm's Corporate team, which has advised on a number of high profile transactions recently, including: 

  • advising the AA on a £1.14 billion refinancing of its existing debt package, including a placing and open offer;

  • advising Chinese travel group HK CTS Metropark Hotels Co Ltd on the acquisition of British-based hotel management group Kew Green Hotels; and 

  • advising South32 on its AUS$14 billion demerger from BHP Billiton and listing on the Australian, London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.

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