Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation & Derivatives Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Well equipped to handle a wide variety of cross-border structured finance and derivatives deals thanks to its network of international offices. Also houses an accomplished securitisation group that regularly assists an impressive client list which includes high-profile financial institutions. Continues to demonstrate prowess advising on transactions and regulatory matters in emerging markets.

Strengths A client says: "I think their work is excellent and they are very responsive."

"The depth of the team is a real asset," says a source, who also highlights the team's "ability to deal with novel or creative structures."

Sources state: "Commercially they get it and technically they have huge expertise."

Work highlights Advised 23 Capital in connection with a securitisation of football club secured loans valued at EUR216,620,000.

Notable practitioners

Dean Naumowicz
is well known for his derivatives expertise, with the ability to tackle high-profile equity-linked and margin loan transactions. He has a strong investor-side practice, with clients including global banks.
"He is very hands-on, is always available and always responds." "He is very detailed, knowledgeable and adds a lot of value." "I really trust his judgement for strategic deals."

As part of his acclaimed capital markets practice,
Jeremiah Wagner
advises a full range of clients on securitisation mandates. He is consistently recommended for his ability to handle novel assets.
"Jeremiah is my go-to lawyer for structuring transactions across esoteric asset classes." "He is the choice for a lot of people when it comes to thinking outside the box, and he is affable and pleasant to deal with." "He is super commercial and can get things done."

Patrick Leftley
is noted for his securitisation practice. His deal experience includes assisting banks and asset managers on transactions.
"Patrick Leftley is an outstanding associate and a trusted adviser." "He is a star of the future."

Sanjev Warna-kula-suriya
has a distinguished securitisation practice in which he assists clients with a full range of asset classes. Cash and synthetic CLOs also form part of his comprehensive practice.
"He is highly intelligent and has a good manner." "He does very complex deals." "He explains complex issues in a simple way and he is a pleasure to deal with."

Shatha Ali
is regularly called upon to advise on derivatives transactions. She demonstrates a particular strength in deals involving emerging markets.
"She is patient with difficult clients and takes the time to go through answers in a diligent manner." "She is very much on the ball, comes up with structures that work and thinks outside the box."

Steve Curtis
is best known for his work on the securitisation of utilities and infrastructure assets. His deal structuring experience also encompasses the securitisation of commercial real estate assets and whole businesses.
"He is a WBS expert.""He is a very capable and sensible guy.""He is very able, very well liked by his clients and very good technically."