Harneys expands
 corporate team

Murray Roberts has joined the corporate and commercial department of Harneys after four years with Baker & McKenzie in London and Hong Kong.

Mr. Roberts has a broad range of corporate experience, having advised on public company takeovers, domestic and cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and secondary equity capital raisings.

He has also advised major listed and unlisted infrastructure funds on shareholder consortium arrangements, and disposals and restructuring of portfolio assets.

Mr. Roberts said he is “delighted to be joining Harneys’ Corporate and Commercial department in the British Virgin Islands, particularly at this exciting time in the firm’s expansion into new markets.

“I look forward to this great opportunity to build on the corporate experience I have gained in London and Hong Kong, and to assist Harneys in continuing to provide an excellent service to its clients.”

Global head of Corporate and Commercial, Leonard Birmingham who will supervise Murray, welcomed him to the team saying “Harneys is and has always been committed to recruiting the sort of talent that ensures that its human resource base is well equipped to efficiently deal with our clients who have come to rely on us for excellent and speedy service. Roberts, like several of our recent recruits, represents the ongoing development of that objective across our BVI, Anguilla, Cayman and Cyprus practices throughout the firm.”

Mr. Roberts’ educational achievements include double first class honours in Modern History from the Hertford College, University of Oxford, MA (Oxon) in 2004, a graduate diploma in Law from the College of Law, York in 2005 and most recently, a distinction in Legal Practice Course at the same institution in 2006.

He was awarded a national prize by the Law Society of England and Wales in 2006 for his performance in his postgraduate legal studies, and was awarded a Gibbs Book Prize by the University of Oxford for his performance in History Finals in 2004.

Harneys has hired a total of 18 new lawyers during 2010, when the firm also expanded into Uruguay.