Law firm bolsters project finance team

A UK-based law firm has appointed two partners to boost its presence in international project finance and infrastructure.

Squire Sanders has appointed Philippa Chadwick and Paula Laird as partners, expanding its Financial Services Practice Group.

Chadwick joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner and specialises in international project finance and development bank finance. Her previous work includes international economic and social infrastructure financings and infrastructure investment in emerging markets. She has advised the European bank for Reconstruction and Development on projects in Russia, Poland, Romania and Turkey.

Laird is currently head of Banking at Wragge & Co, specialising in asset-based lending and asset finance, acting on behalf of commercial lenders and corporates on asset finance transactions. Before Wragge & Co, Laird was head of legal and company secretary at Chartered Trust, a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank.

Both partners will be based in London, with Chadwick working across the firm’s network in Moscow, Warsaw and the Asia-Pacific.