Mourant welcomes two partners

Mourant du Feu & Jeune, part of Mourant, has hired two partners, Richard de Basto and Matthew Feargrieve, for its Cayman funds and finance practice groups.

Mr. de Basto joins the firm from Allen & Overy, where he was a partner for nearly eight years, working in its London, Hong Kong and Amsterdam offices. He has extensive experience in the asset, construction and project finance fields, and specialises in advising clients on major and complex finance transactions. His current practice includes: Islamic finance, restructuring and insolvency, leveraged finance, global loans, securitisation and real estate finance.

Based in the Cayman Islands, Mr. de Basto will focus on further advancing Mourant du Feu & Jeune’s Cayman finance practice.

Mr. Feargrieve joins the firm from Maples and Calder, where he was senior associate in the London office, advising on Cayman and BVI investment fund structures for hedge and private equity funds. In his current practice, Mr. Feargrieve works with onshore counsel in the US, EU and MENA on multi-jurisdictional transactions.

From Mourant du Feu & Jeune’s London base – one of the largest offshore law offices in the city – Mr. Feargrieve will advise on Cayman law and build upon the strong reputation of the Cayman funds practice. He will work alongside the Cayman-based funds team headed by partner and noted investment funds specialist, Neal Lomax.

‘We are delighted to welcome Richard and Matthew to Mourant as they join us on our Cayman offensive: building on the capabilities and strengths of our expanded Cayman practice, following our merger with Cayman firm Quin & Hampson in 2007,’ said Stephen Ball, CEO, Mourant du Feu & Jeune.

‘Mourant is clearly a dynamic and ambitious group. Our plans for international expansion see us growing organically, acquiring and/or merging – leaving no stone unturned. As the head of the group’s law firm, it’s a very exciting place to be and for our new partners, Richard and Matthew, the right time to join us.’