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Capital Markets: Structured Finance & Derivatives

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What the team is known for

Extremely deep team with unparalleled derivatives and structured products capabilities. Widely praised for its in-depth knowledge of changing regulations and developing legislation, including acting for significant trade associations, most notably ISDA. Equity derivatives and credit-linked notes number among the firm's many areas of expertise. Also boasts capabilities in synthetic risk transfers and is considered a market leader in repackagings. Clients include leading investment banks and fintech organisations.


Sources say: "The Linklaters team is able to scale quickly and uses its depth of expertise to handle the challenges thrown at it."

Sources reveal that when it comes to repackagings, "they know what is feasible, and they are creative and constructive in the way they approach queries."

Interviewees say of the team: "They arrange their service in a way that makes it affordable, they give great advice and they're perfectly placed to advise on global regulatory issues ."

Work highlights

Advised ISDA on the preparation and launch of the 2021 ISDA Interest Rate Derivatives Definitions.

Notable practitioners

David Phillips is held in high esteem for his structured notes practice and he is also recognised for his work on the repackaging platform SPIRE. He is frequently called upon to assist leading investment banks on transactions.
"He is very client-friendly but he also has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the SPIRE programme and its related regulatory issues."

Deepak Sitlani centres his work on the structuring and documentation of OTC derivatives. He is consistently praised for his command of regulations.
"He is a top-notch lawyer on difficult work like the benchmark regulations." "Deepak is very good on ISDA and LIBOR transition work and he has good knowledge of the documentation and the issues."

Doug Shaw focuses his derivatives practice on international equity-based transactions. He is also recommended for his knowledge of emerging markets.
"He is extremely friendly, his advice is extremely practicable, he has a great breadth of expertise and experience, and he always delivers on time." "He is a trusted adviser who is very commercial, he delivers in a timely manner and it is a pleasure to work with him."

Leanne Banfield is highlighted for her experience in structured note products and repackagings. She is recognised for her work in the developing market of ESG-compliant deals.
"She is commercial and she is nice to work with."

Matthew Monahan is knowledgeable on credit-linked notes as well as the repackaging of financial products.
"He is very responsive and he works within very short timeframes." "He is highly technical and he always does the most difficult deals."

Michael Voisin is skilled in a range of derivatives functions, including the clearing and regulatory capital treatment of derivatives. He is also acclaimed for his ability to advise on the use of fintech in derivatives transactions.
"He's a fantastic lawyer and he's perfect for us because he understands the broad overview of capital markets." "He is creative, commercial, incredibly responsive and has a strong understanding of the law." "He is an expert on global derivatives clearing regulation."

Paul Lewis became Linklaters' managing partner in July 2021. He is adept at advising on a range of structured finance products, including structured notes and repackagings. His expertise in the market is demonstrated by his instrumental role in the establishment of the SPIRE programme, a multi-dealer repackaging platform.
"He is very able and has been involved in the market from the very beginning."

Simon Firth is an outstanding derivatives practitioner with capabilities in all aspects of the market, from drafting documentation to counselling clients on the impact of regulatory developments. He is a thought leader whose advice on market developments is sought by trade organisations, most notably ISDA.
"He is smart and experienced." "His book is a bible on derivatives and his advisory product is very good and very strong."

Vinay Samani 's in-depth understanding of structured finance makes him the counsel of choice for leading investment banks. His capabilities span a range of matters, from structured notes to repackagings.
"He is very good with clients and he is technical - that makes him very successful."

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Capital Markets: Structured Finance & Derivatives



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Capital Markets: Derivatives

Deepak Sitlani
Band 1
Michael Voisin
Band 1
Simon Firth
Star Individuals

Capital Markets: Structured Finance

David Phillips
Band 2
Leanne Banfield
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