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Andrew Curtis is the latest lawyer to join Connect Yorkshire Partner and Leeds-based Clarion’s 12-strong Banking and Finance team.

With ten years’ legal experience, Curtis takes up the role of associate having previously worked for an international law firm where he advised UK clearing banks, international debt funds, pension funds, national and international borrowers on bilateral and club transactions.

He has experience of providing advice to both lenders and borrowers on a variety of different financing deals, including real estate finance (both development and investment), leverage finance and general corporate finance.

He also has experience of providing finance advice to the private equity market and advising lenders on the listing of borrower clients.

Curtis has advised clients across a variety of sectors including healthcare, professional support, digital gaming and environmental.

Head of Clarion’s Banking and Finance practice, partner Marie Pugh, said: “Over the last three years, we have developed a niche in the field of asset based lending and bridging finance, acting for more alternative lenders than any other team in Yorkshire.

“Demand for our wider banking services is continuing to grow. It is vital that we invest in bringing new talent on board and with his strong track record in the mainstream lending sector, Andrew is a great addition to the team.”

Curtis added: “I’m really excited to be joining such a renowned and fast-growing team.  I have a real commitment to getting the job done, whichever side of the fence I am on and whatever type of transaction I am handling.

“My aim is always to get the best possible outcome for my client using my legal knowledge while having a strong sense of what is commercially important to the client before the start of a transaction, and this chimes with Clarion’s client-focused approach.”