Holman Fenwick Willan hires new asset finance partner

Stephen Marais, Holman Fenwick Willan

Stephen Marais, Holman Fenwick WillanHolman Fenwick Willan has hired Stephen Marais a Partner in the corporate finance department.

Marais joined the London office on 5th October 2015 from Ince & Co.

He specialises in banking and asset finance and has predominantly acted on ship finance, aviation finance, and commodity and trade finance. He has spent many years working on structured transactions, in particular sale and leaseback transactions, orphan trust arrangements, Islamic finance and export credit supported transactions.

Marais said: “I am delighted to be joining HFW’s asset finance team. Since the global financial crisis of 2008 and the resulting loss of liquidity, the banking and finance sector has changed quite significantly. Traditional lenders have exited some sectors while new capital providers have made their presence felt. I am looking forward to helping the firm take advantage of the opportunities for further growth in this area.”

Elinor Dautlich, head of the firm’s finance practice said:  “We are delighted to welcome Stephen to the firm. His extensive experience of working on structured asset finance transactions across a number of our sectors of focus further enhances our service offering to clients.”

Holman Fenwick Willan have also recently recruited Partners Franck Bernauer and Jean-Marc Zampa in Paris, Tien Tai in Dubai, Haydn Dare in Indonesia, Leigh Borrello in Sydney and Shyamal Jeewoolall in Singapore to the firm’s corporate and finance teams.