Leading global law firm Paul Hastings has grown its European Financial Restructuring group with the hire of William Needham as a partner in London. Needham, a financial restructuring and distressed debt specialist, brings with him a wealth of experience from almost a decade in-house in private equity.


Needham started his career at Jones Day and Weil, Gotshal & Manges as an associate between 2008 and 2014, before moving in-house.


At Paul Hastings, Needham will co-chair the European restructuring practice alongside fellow partner Mei Lian. His expertise encompasses advising companies, sponsors, and investors on a wide range of financial restructuring matters, including distressed debt, bespoke financings, and alternative investments across Europe, as well as related M&A, acquisition finance, fund investments and disputes.


SSQ CEO Jonathan Field commented, “We are pleased to have played a part in facilitating William Needham’s transition to Paul Hastings. His expertise and leadership will undoubtedly bolster the firm’s European restructuring practice, and we congratulate both William and the Paul Hastings team on this important move.”

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