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WFW announces 13 new partner promotions for 2014

6 May 2014

Watson, Farley & Williams (WFW), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of 13 lawyers to partner. The appointments, in eight of the firm’s 13 offices across six different practice areas, take effect from 1 May 2014, and bring the total number of partners in the firm to 133.

Three new partners have been promoted in the London and Hamburg offices respectively, two in New York and Rome/Milan, and one each in Athens, Bangkok and Paris.

The promotions are as follows:

Simon Alsey – Energy & Projects Group, London
Simon advises clients on the project financing, corporate and commercial aspects of projects in the energy sector.

Pauline Page – Energy & Projects Group, London
Pauline specialises in both contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction law. Her experience includes advising major utilities, governments, developers and credit providers on a wide range of large scale energy, renewables, infrastructure and commercial projects both in the UK and internationally.

Simon Folley – Real Estate Group, London
Simon’s practice focuses on the property aspects of corporate and financing transactions, office moves, the acquisition and disposal of investment property, development projects and sale and leaseback transactions. He also has extensive experience of the acquisition, development and financing of both onshore and offshore wind farms and other renewable energy projects.

Laurent Battoue – Corporate Group, Paris
Laurent specialises in public law and public contracts with a special focus on the regulatory sector. Laurent also advises clients on project and real estate aspects relating to energy transactions.

Christine Bader – Hamburg, Energy
Christine specialises in EU and German competition law, including merger control and related filings, and public law for regulated industries, especially the energy sector. Her practice also includes public procurement and state aid.

Stefan Hoffmann – Hamburg, Corporate/Energy
Stefan specialises in M&A and complex project developments, acting for developers, investors and banks in domestic as well as international transactions in the energy and real estate sector. He also has diverse experience in industrial construction and engineering projects as well as dispute resolution, including arbitration.

Alexandra Michalopoulos – Hamburg, Finance
Alexandra is an English qualified solicitor and heads the English law practice in Germany. She regularly advises international banks on bilateral and syndicated lending, in particular in the shipping market, and has extensive experience in advising lenders on the restructuring of their loans.

Francesco Dialti – Milan, Finance
Francesco specialises in banking, project finance and restructuring. He also has in-depth knowledge and experience in the fields of real estate finance, structured finance and debt and equity capital markets transactions.

Tiziana Manenti – Rome, Corporate
Tiziana specialises in M&A, private equity, commercial and corporate transactions and regulatory advice with a focus on power and utilities projects in Italy.

Alexia Hatzimichalis – Athens, Maritime
Alexia advises Greek and international banks, other financial institutions, Greek shipowning groups and US-listed companies on a wide range of ship finance matters.

Robert Fidoe – Bangkok, Dispute Resolution
Robert specialises in international arbitration and litigation for corporates and multi-nationals in Europe and the South-East Asia region. His practice focuses on shipping, power and energy including renewables, insurance, manufacturing, and international trade and construction.

Steven Hollander, New York, Corporate
Steven focuses on corporate and securities transactions including securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions, regulatory filings, private equity investments, joint ventures, restructurings, other complex business transactions and general corporate matters.

John Benson, New York, Maritime
John specialises in shipping finance, representing financial institutions, investment funds and foreign and domestic owners and operators in the international banking markets, with an emphasis on the negotiation and documentation of cross-border asset-backed structured transactions.

Chris Lowe, Managing Partner, comments: “I am delighted to welcome these 13 highly talented lawyers to the WFW partnership. They all possess outstanding technical knowledge, as well as a steadfast commitment to providing the superior level of client service that underpins WFW’s success. They are great assets to the firm, who will all contribute to the continued growth and strength of our business. ”

Lothar Wegener, Managing Partner, comments: “I congratulate these 13 outstanding lawyers on their promotions to the WFW partnership. In addition to highlighting our confidence in these individuals as practitioners, collectively this group of new partners underscores the ongoing strength of the firm as a whole, and the confidence we have in our respective practices.”