International law firm DAC Beachcroft has appointed Paul Ellaby as a Corporate Partner in its Manchester office with effect from 7 September.
Paul joins DAC Beachcroft from Ward Hadaway, where he has spent the last two years as a partner in the Manchester corporate practice. Prior to that, he was also formerly a partner at Hill Dickinson and legacy Hammonds (now Squire Patton Boggs) after 10 years working in London where he completed his training at Clifford Chance.
A highly experienced corporate lawyer, Paul's practice covers the full spectrum of M&A and private equity as well as advising on AIM work, including IPOs, fundraisings and acquisitions. He becomes the 19th partner in DAC Beachcroft's Manchester office.
His appointment will complement DAC Beachcroft's burgeoning corporate practice both in Manchester and across the UK, which offers a unique combination of expert advice and distinctive service that meets the legal and commercial needs of its clients.
Commenting on the appointment, John Williams, DAC Beachcroft Corporate Partner, said: "Paul joining us is very welcome news. His arrival enables us to build our corporate and commercial presence in Manchester, working closely with our commercial litigation teams there, among others."
John added: "Paul's appointment is also a key catalytic step towards consolidating corporate and commercial private sector work across our three Northern offices. Our aim is for Paul to establish relationships both across offices and with the national Corporate team and to exploit opportunities across all of our Northern hubs by growing a practice that transcends location."
Paul said: "The firm's ambitions for the practice in the North are exciting and I am pleased to be part of them. The firm offers a distinctive offering through the depth of its expertise in its chosen sectors and I hope that the breadth of my corporate finance experience and my track record in the technology and manufacturing sectors will prove to be an asset that will assist in achieving those ambitions."