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Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow Further Strengthens its Finance & Projects Practice.

3 July, 2015

 

Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, the member firm of Baker & McKenzie International in Singapore, has further enhanced its strengths in India-related financing work with the appointment of Prashanth Venkatesh as Local Principal. He joined the Firm on 1 July 2015 from a top-tier law firm in India where he was a partner in the financing group. Prior to that, Prashanth worked at a magic circle firm in London advising on banking, and derivatives and structured products in the European market.
 
Prashanth has significant experience in India-related financing transactions. This includes assisting sponsors to negotiate leveraged exposure with Indian banks and financial institutions, as well as advising on the financing of road, port and renewable energy projects. He also has expertise in structuring debt instruments for non-resident clients investing in the real estate debt sector through listed and privately placed debt instruments. Additionally, Prashanth has advised lenders on corporate debt restructurings of infrastructure companies.
 
Commenting on his arrival, Andy Leck, Managing Principal of Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, said: “We are pleased to welcome Prashanth to our Firm. Our team is regularly sought out by both Indian companies venturing overseas and multinationals making inbound investments into India. Prashanth’s solid track record in India-related deals will reinforce our strengths in supporting clients at a time when India is experiencing an exciting growth story.”
 
Head of the Finance & Projects Practice Group in Singapore and Asia Pacific Head of Banking & Finance, James Huang, said: “We are delighted to have Prashanth on board. His addition further bolsters our capabilities in advising on complex, cross-border banking and finance deals across the region. In particular, Prashanth’s strengths in India-related financing will be an excellent fit for a firm that has established itself as a go-to adviser for India-related transactions. We look forward to enhancing our key relationships with clients and Indian legal advisers with Prashanth joining the team.”
 
Prashanth said: “I am excited to be furthering my practice at Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow and be part of a team that has a solid track record in cross-border banking and finance deals. I look forward to drawing on my experience of the Indian and London markets to contribute to the Firm’s standout profile in this area.”

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