Ben Koehne > Addleshaw Goddard > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard
MILTON GATE
60 CHISWELL STREET
LONDON
EC1Y 4AG
England

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Corporate partner, with a particular focus on advising clients in the financial services sector. Experience includes advising on a wide range of corporate and strategic transactions including UK and cross-border mergers, disposals and acquisitions (including acquisitions under the UK Banking Act 2009), joint ventures, intra-group restructurings and advising the boards of companies, building societies, mutuals and other entities on directors’ duties and a wide variety of constitutional, corporate governance, regulatory and strategic matters and projects. Closely monitors regulatory developments and advises clients on compliance and the strategic importance of regulatory change. Clients include banks, building societies, mutuals, asset managers and stock exchanges, amongst others.

Career

Allen & Overy LLP 1999-2013; qualified 2001; joined Addleshaw Goddard LLP as a partner May 2013.

Memberships

Law Society, England and Wales.

Education

Queen Elizabeths’ School, Barnet; University of Sheffield (LLB Hons, 1st Class); College of Law, London (Legal Practice Course).

Leisure

Family, music, theatre, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

The team at Addleshaw Goddard is most noted for its specialisms in consumer finance, retail banking and payments, although the practice includes experts across the financial regulatory space. Heading the department is consumer finance and payments lawyer Amanda Hulme, who has recently been active advising clients and lobbying on Covid-related issues, as well as open banking issues. Rosanna Bryant is a consumer finance expert whose practice encompasses the regulation of current accounts, savings and mortgages. Ben Koehne, who leads the firm’s building societies and mutuals practice, is noted for his recent participation in large-scale strategic regulatory projects relating to the banking industry. From the Edinburgh office, dual-Scottish and English qualified Lorna Finlayson focuses on commercial wealth management work.

London > Risk advisory > Corporate governance

Addleshaw Goddard recently expanded its corporate governance offering, picking up several new mandates relating to ESG considerations alongside its strong annual reporting capabilities. The team is now led by  Jaya Gupta, who arrived from Allen & Overy LLP in early 2021, replacing the departing Will Chalk, who joined Ashurst. Gupta brings extensive experience in the governance elements of cross-border transactions, alongside sensitive issues including shareholder activism work, executive departures, and regulatory compliance issues. Ben Koehne is another key member of the team, and specialises in work with building societies and other financial services clients. Managing associate Richard Preston is exclusively focused on governance work, and is a long-term adviser to a number of FTSE 100 and 250 companies.