Nick Roome, Partner and UK Head of Legal Services at KPMG, comments on KPMG adding two new Partners to Legal Services.
KPMG has hired two new Partners to further strengthen its Legal Services offering. Kate Eades was previously a corporate partner at Greenberg Traurig and Usman Wahid was previously a commercial and technology partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
Both partners arrived in early September and will join KPMG Business Structuring and Transactions group in London. This represents a growing area for KPMG, providing legal advice on complex transactions as part of multi-disciplinary KPMG teams alongside tax, deal advisory, management and risk consultancy.
Prior to Greenberg Traurig, Kate worked at Mayer Brown and has built up over 15 years' experience in corporate law across a wide variety of industry sectors with particular experience in the life sciences and the hospitality and leisure sectors. Kate’s focus is on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures and other equity investments in addition to general corporate advisory work.
Usman has over 15 years' experience in commercial law gained at Baker & McKenzie, T-Mobile and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Usman specialises in IT/technology and outsourcing transactions and has advised clients on business critical software, systems and infrastructure deals as well as arrangements for new and disruptive technology. His sector expertise lies in utilities, financial services including FinTech, transportation, data centres and telecoms.
Nick Roome, Partner and UK Head of Legal Services at KPMG, says:
“Our clients need the best expertise when they look to KPMG for support with business reorganisations, deals and other complex transactions, which is why we’ve brought in Kate and Usman. Their knowledge and skills will considerably strengthen the depth of our capabilities in this area and further enhance our ability to support KPMG clients with the challenges they face.
“Both Kate and Usman’s experience and capability will significantly enhance what we can offer as we develop and grow our capability, both in the UK and globally.”
Kate Eades, Partner, KPMG, said: “I’m excited to be part of KPMG’s rapidly expanding Legal Services business. As a corporate lawyer, the ability to operate in integrated multi-disciplinary advisory teams supporting clients with all aspects of what they need, is a hugely compelling proposition.”
Usman Wahid, Partner, KPMG, said: “This is an excellent time to join KPMG as a commercial and technology lawyer. Our clients are experiencing technology disruption in many sectors, their businesses are undergoing reorganisations for various reasons and their management’s focus on performance improvement will continue. I believe our legal expertise, when teamed with KPMG’s other advisory teams, will be of strategic assistance to clients as they work through this complex business environment."
The appointment follows the hire of Peter Workman in February 2019 who is leading the Midlands legal services hub and Angela Savin, formerly a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, also joined as a partner in KPMG Legal Services’ Tax Litigation team.
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