Partner promotions announced at Babbé LLP

April 2017 | News

Babbé LLP announced Robert Varley and Katherine Hitchins became partners on 31 March 2017.

Robert joined Babbé LLP as a Consultant in the Corporate, Commercial and Funds teams. He was previously the managing partner of Walkers’ Dubai office. Robert is noted as a specialist in corporate and funds matters. Having worked on a wide variety of transactions ranging from a number of billion dollar-plus private equity funds, real estate and infrastructure funds through multi-billion dollar EMTN programmes and the offshore aspects of cross-border takeovers and mergers for large corporates, banks, sovereign wealth funds and governments to a US$20 billion pipeline joint venture, and a large number of ground breaking Islamic funds and bonds issues.

Katherine joined Babbé LLP as a Consultant in the Corporate and Commercial team after more than 13 years’ experience as in-house counsel for leading investment banks in both Europe and Asia. Most recently, Katherine was an Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel for JPMorgan Chase Bank in Singapore. Prior to JPMorgan, Katherine was a Director for Lehman Brothers in London and held in-house counsel roles at both Rabobank and Dresdner Bank. She originally trained and qualified at Ashurst. Katherine has also held the role as chair of the ISDA Energy, Commodities & Developing Products Asia-Pacific Committee.

Katherine has considerable commercial and legal experience in both the European and Asian bank and corporate markets, dealing with investment and structured products, debt and asset financing, derivatives, commodities and regulatory investigations.

Managing Partner Andrew Laws said: “At Babbe we encourage development and nurturing of our lawyers enabling them to achieve their goals and aspirations. We are delighted to welcome Robert and Katherine to the partnership.”

Head of Corporate Stuart Tyler said “These are strategic promotions recognising both the recent achievements of Robert and Katherine and their future potential with the firm. It is refreshing to work with talented colleagues who share the same vision for developing the firm and have the ability to carry that vision through to completion.”

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