Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of two new Partners in its corporate restructuring and M&A teams.

Lemi McAuley, who will be based in Leeds, is a specialist in board advisory and transactional matters and has acted for a number of corporate clients, clearing banks, private equity providers and insolvency practitioners. His appointment means Shoosmiths now has corporate restructuring partners in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

M&A transaction, private equity investment and group re-organisation expert Dan Shilvock – who will be based in Birmingham – also joins the firm. He brings with him a wealth of experience in development capital transactions. Last year, he was nominated for Legal Week’s private equity up and comers award.

Shoosmiths national Head of Corporate Stephen Porter said “I am really pleased to be welcoming Lemi and Dan to the firm. Both bring with them essential skills and experience that will be key to driving forward the growth in our corporate sector. Both are keen to grow and develop their business areas and view Shoosmiths as the ideal platform to leverage from.”

James Keates, Head of the firm’s Corporate Restructuring and Advisory team, said “Lemi’s extensive experience of big-ticket distressed transactions and steering boards of directors through financially distressed situations makes him an ideal addition to our growing CR&A team which is continuing to carve out a market-leading reputation.”

Both McAuley and Shivock join Shoosmiths from Eversheds Sutherland.