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Weekly moves 16 April 2014

CBW hires Melissa Jackson for corporate recovery department

Carter Backer Winter (CBW) has appointed Melissa Jackson as director to its corporate recovery and insolvency department.

Jackson joins the mid-tier accountancy firm from The MacDonald Partnership. CBW says Jackson brings with her 16 years of insolvency experience in helping businesses and individuals to resolve their financial difficulties, whether through a rescue or an insolvency procedure.

Her particular area of expertise is SMEs and CBW says she has gained a strong reputation for her ability to resolve cases in very complex situations. She has ACCA qualifications as well as being a qualified Insolvency Practitioner.

CBW says Jackson will be working across a wide range of cases, but will focus on business turnarounds for SMEs, restructuring of insolvent SMEs, providing turnaround finance and assisting individuals in financial distress. Melissa will also be contributing to CBW’s business development activities.

John Dickinson, head of corporate recover and Insolvency at CBW said: “Melissa is an experienced and successful professional and known throughout the industry for her tenacity, creativity and sensitivity when working with clients.

“We’re looking forward to having such a great asset in our team and we’re sure she will have a bright future at CBW.”

Law firm launches European restructuring practice with key hire

International law firm King & Spalding has launched its European restructuring practice by recruiting Dr. Werner Meier as a partner.

Dr. Meier joins King & Spalding from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Frankfurt, where he was a finance and restructuring partner.

Based both in King & Spalding’s Frankfurt and London offices as head of restructuring in Europe, he will have a central role in the further growth and development of the financial institutions practice in expanding European markets, particularly London.

Dr. Meier is distinguished as one of Germany’s leading finance and restructuring lawyers by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, European Legal 500, Legal 500 Deutschland and JUVE. He is a member of the legal bar in Frankfurt and New York.

King & Spalding’s financial institutions practice is comprised of more than 100 lawyers worldwide with expertise in complex financings, private equity, fund formation, litigation, investigations, Islamic finance, real estate capital markets, tax and regulatory matters.

Garry Pegg, King & Spalding’s London office managing partner, said: “Werner’s arrival in Frankfurt, an office with which we already work closely, brings an added dimension to our financial institutions practice in London.”

Dr. Meier said: “I am delighted to be able to continue to build my practice at King & Spalding. The firm’s priority on developing its financial institutions and financial restructuring practices, as well as its culture of collegiality, makes this a perfect fit for me.”

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