Leading UK law firm, Shepherd and Wedderburn, has announced the hire of corporate lawyer, Carl Powlson, who joins the corporate team of the firm’s London office.

Carl’s expertise and experience spans both UK and cross-border corporate finance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and general corporate advice. Carl also has extensive experience of advising on UK and international energy and infrastructure projects. His extensive experience has been gained during his 12 years with Herbert Smith Freehills and more recently with Australian boutique firm Atanaskovic Hartnell.

In welcoming Carl to the firm, chief executive Stephen Gibb said, “Someone of Carl’s calibre is a fantastic addition to our top ranked corporate practice which has a strong track record in advising some of the country’s fastest growing and most agile companies.”

Speaking about his appointment, Carl commented “I am delighted to be joining Shepherd and Wedderburn, with its reputation for excellence and focus on quality of advice, and look forward to working with some of the country’s leading lawyers servicing the firm’s strong UK and international client base, as well as playing a key role in the further development of the London corporate practice.”

Carl’s appointment is hot on the heels of John Rutherford‘s appointment to lead the firm’s Aberdeen operations and follows a very successful 2015, which saw the firm close deals worth £5.4bn.