Keystone has hired senior project finance expert Andrew Watson and restructuring and insolvency lawyer Alicia Videon from international firm McDermott Will & Emery where they were both partners.

Andrew is a specialist project finance lawyer with experience across the power, infrastructure, telecoms, transport, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors with clients including banks, infrastructure debt funds, project sponsors including construction companies, and oil majors and independents. He advises on complex international project financings and acquisition financings across a range of asset classes and industry sectors.

Alicia is a finance and restructuring lawyer who in particular advises funds, real estate lenders, and other financial services companies involved in restructuring high-value, complex financial arrangements. She also acts for all stakeholders involved in financially distressed situations, including corporate insolvency and distressed M&A.

James Knight, CEO and founder, said:

Andrew and Alicia’s addition is demonstrative of the calibre of lawyers we continue to attract. Both will bring tremendous insight in their respective fields, adding complementary skills and expertise to our strong, full-service offering. We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome them both.

Andrew added:

Joining Keystone will provide me with a truly unique platform through which to better service clients in a way that is becoming ever more difficult under the traditional law firm model. Keystone has an excellent reputation and my clients are extremely positive about the move. I plan to further bolster Keystone’s projects expertise in the coming months and years.

Alicia continued:

"To be joining such a progressive firm, working among so many talented and committed lawyers, is just fantastic. I look forward to embarking on this next stage of my career and having the opportunity to continue delivering exceptional client results.

A statement from McDermott Will & Emery stated:

McDermott confirms that finance partner Andrew Watson and restructuring partner Alicia Videon have left the firm to pursue their careers at Keystone Law and we wish them well.