Mayer Brown has hired three finance partners in order to strengthen its leveraged finance and asset-backed lending platforms as part of growth plans for the London office.

Leveraged finance lawyers Lee Cullinane and Nicola Murray, and asset-backed lending practitioner Graham Wedlake will combine to bring experience across the capital structure.

Cullinane joins Mayer Brown from Clifford Chance, and has focused primarily on leveraged finance in the past three years with 20 years of experience in the field.

Murray also joins from Clifford, a core member of their leveraged finance team. Her most recent applications have been advising lenders, private equity sponsors and companies on the cross-border restructuring of high-profile leveraged financings.

Wedlake comes to Clifford from Taylor Wessing, where he specialized in asset-backed lending (ABL). He has also covered public-to-privates, acquisition finance, syndicated lending and project financings, in addition to helping pioneer ABL in its introduction to mainstream European transactions.

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