Debt Explained is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Conway as Senior Legal Specialist covering loans and bonds. He has extensive experience of senior, mezzanine, and subordinated debt financings across a broad range of industry sectors, from a career encompassing a number of leading legal businesses, including in-house secondment to one of the world’s largest investment banks.
Stephen Mostyn-Williams, Chairman and Founder of Debt Explained, said: “Brian has exactly the kind of senior-level expertise as a practitioner in the leveraged finance markets that we look for. All of our lawyers come to the firm with deep inside experience of the sector.”
Brian has more than two decades’ experience of practising financial law at a senior level, joining from Jones Day where he was a Partner in the Banking & Finance practice in London. He advised on a wide range of banking matters, with a particular focus on leverage finance. He also acted on refinancings, and has considerable experience of working with high-yield bondholder committees.
Prior to this, he spent three years as a Partner in the Finance practice at Latham & Watkins, following a 13-year career at White & Case as an Associate and latterly as Partner. Initially based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Brian subsequently spent 8 years in the London office and was instrumental in building out White & Case's leveraged finance practice in Asia (in his capacity as acting Head of Banking & Finance in the Singapore office). During his time with the firm, he was seconded as a Legal Consultant to the Loan Products Group at Morgan Stanley. He began his career at Hogan Lovells.
Notable transactions on which he has advised include the $15bn financing involved in SoftBank’s acquisition of Vodafone KK, the £3.6bn financing provided for the merger which produced Smurfit Kappa in 2005, and the $2.45bn financing provided to PVH in relation to its acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger.
Brian attended University College Dublin and the law school at The Incorporated Law School of Ireland, qualifying as a Solicitor in Ireland in 1994 and as a Solicitor in England in 1995.