Two London Partners Named Financial News "40 Under 40"

Financial News announces its third annual list of Rising Stars of the European financial legal profession, representing “the brightest up-and-coming lawyers aged under 40”.

February 23, 2015

Ross Anderson, a leverage finance partner, and Karl Mah, a tax partner in Latham & Watkins’ London office, have been recognised by Financial News as “rising stars in the European legal profession.” The publication named Anderson and Mah in its third annual Legal Services “40 Under 40” list, which identifies the “brightest up-and-coming lawyers aged under 40” and includes lawyers working in both private practice and in-house in investment banking, asset management and insurance, and corporates.

Financial News cited Anderson for being one of Goldman Sachs’ “go-to advisers”, noting his work helping the leveraged finance team at the bank “arrange an $800 million bridge loan to Indian entrepreneur Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty as part of Shetty’s acquisition of foreign exchange company Travelex”. Financial News also highlighted his work advising Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital’s first European transaction, a £900 million acquisition of Pizza Express.

Karl Mah, who was named as a partner in the London office in early 2014, was praised for his work on the £2.4 billion restructuring of UK bar operator Punch Taverns, a deal that took over three years to complete. The publication also recognised his work advising JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs on French cable firm Numericable’s €17 billion acquisition of telecoms business SFR, a deal which incorporated a €8.9 billion high-yield bond – at the time Europe’s largest-ever such offering.

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