Leading international law firm Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that Ashley Katz, a restructuring and insolvency specialist, joins the firm as a partner in its London finance group.  He joins from the London office of Allen & Overy LLP on 4 February, 2008.

Ashley advises on all aspects of financial restructuring and insolvency related matters having acted for banks, borrowers, bondholders, insolvency practitioners and other stakeholders in relation to 'big ticket' transactions.  His recent experience includes advising: the PPP administrators of Metronet; the bondholders of the Eurotunnel Group; and the bank syndicate lending to Courts, the furniture superstore and subsequently advising the administrators of Courts.

He also regularly lectures on a range of insolvency topics including administration, anti-avoidance provisions, employment/insolvency law, directors' duties and customer insolvency.

Prior to joining Allen & Overy LLP in London, Ashley was a partner in a boutique insolvency practice in South Africa. 

Ashley Katz comments: "I am very much looking forward to joining the well-respected finance team at Mayer Brown and being involved in the continued development of the restructuring & insolvency practice.  Mayer Brown's commitment to growth in London and internationally, as well as the current state of the global credit market make it a very exciting time to join the firm.  I look forward to working alongside my new colleagues and contributing to the further success of the team."

Ian Coles, Head of European Finance practice comments: "We are delighted to welcome Ashley to our well-respected and ever expanding team. We are certain that he will contribute greatly to our growing reputation as providing 'first-class client service all round' to our many high profile clients, as well as attracting many new ones with his wealth of experience and expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters."

Sean Connolly, London Senior Partner comments: "We will continue to grow our business aggressively in London throughout 2008 and beyond.  Ashley is the first of a number of appointments we plan to announce over the coming months and we are delighted to have him on board."