UK law firm Birketts has hired Alex Schaafsma as a legal director to bolster its banking and finance team.
Prior to joining Birketts, Ms Schaafsma trained at Clifford Chance, after which she worked for Norton Rose Fullbright for 10 years as an English qualified solicitor in the Netherlands, concentrating predominantly on leverage finance, acquisition finance and conventional lending.
Since returning to London in 2011 Ms Schaafsma has specialised in real estate finance and further developed her experience in conventional lending, Islamic financing and funds lending. She has experience acting for both lenders and borrowers in a wide range of financing transactions.
Ms Schaafsma said: “I am delighted to join Birketts’ team of over 40 corporate and finance lawyers. My experience, within a broad range of industries, further strengthens the team’s offering and I look forward to advising clients across a range of sectors and at different stages in the business life cycle.”
Adrian Seagers, partner and head of corporate services, added: “Alex’s legal and market practice knowledge truly boosts the team’s credentials and I’m sure our UK and international clients will benefit hugely.”
Ms Schaafsma will be based at in the Cambridge office but will support colleagues across all four offices: Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich.
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