SJ Berwin promotions.

SJ Berwin has promoted four partners in its pan-European private equity team, and a further three from the banking and financial services team.

New partner Christoph Brenner, in Munich, advises on corporate and private equity transactions with a specific focus on M&A and buyout transactions, as well as venture capital financings.

Arnaud David in the Paris office specialises private equity and investment fund structuring. He advises managers with respect to the creation of a wide range of funds, including French FCPRs, SCRs and offshore vehicles. He also advises funds on carried interest schemes and co-investment arrangements.

Michael Halford also specialises in private equity and investment fund structuring. He acts for managers and investors covering a wide range of funds, incentive schemes and co-investment arrangements, including private equity funds, real estate funds and infrastructure funds for institutional and private investors. He has also been involved in a number of secondary transactions and management buyouts and restructurings of private equity groups.

Ylan Steiner covers a broad range of corporate and private equity transactions, with a particular emphasis on venture financings, management buyouts, secondary transactions and a full range of related exits. Following an earlier career as a computer programmer, Ylan has extensive experience within the technology industry (particularly computer software and hardware) and also advises a number of growth companies on their corporate and financing requirements.

Nathan Briner advises both corporate and banking clients on a wide range of domestic and international financing transactions including bilateral and syndicated facilities, property finance and acquisition finance. His experience includes acting for corporates, limited partnerships, private equity houses, banks and media clients in respect of their financing requirements.

Adrian Brown’s experience includes providing regulatory advice relating to the establishment and marketing of investment funds (including private equity funds, property funds and hedge funds), FSA applications for authorisation, regulatory aspects of acquisitions and disposals of financial services businesses, customer terms of business, clearing agreements, marketing investments in the UK and the establishment of on and offshore open-ended investment companies.

Simon Fraser acts for banks, corporates and venture capitalists on a wide range of financing transactions including acquisition finance, property finance and fund formation finance.

In a separate announcement, the firm also appointed Laura O’Neill as a partner in the corporate department. She has been at Clifford Chance since 1996, becoming a partner in 2002, and her clients include Volvo and Accenture, and she was one of the lead partners who advised Banco Santander on its high profile recommended acquisition of Abbey National.