Author Profiles


Abreu Advogados

Av das Forcas Armadas, 125 - 12th Floor, 1600-079 Lisbon, Portugal
Tel+351 21 723 18 00 Fax+351 21 723 18 99
Web www.abreuadvogados.com
Other Offices Porto

Sofia Santos Machado

Partner
Email sofia.s.machado@abreuadvogados.com

Sofia Santos Machado holds a law degree from the University of Lisbon law school and an LLM in banking and finance law from King’s College, University of London. She has been a partner at Abreu Advogados since 2007. Ms Machado’s main areas of activity are financial and capital markets law and financial derivatives instruments. She has published several articles in both national and foreign publications. She is a regular speaker at seminars in financial and banking law and is registered with the Portuguese Bar Association.

 

Accura Advokataktieselskab

Tuborg Boulevard 1, DK-2900 Hellerup, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel+45 3945 2800 Fax+45 3945 2801
Web www.accura.dk

Kim Toftgaard

Partner
Email kim.toftgaard@accura.dk

Kim Toftgaard is a partner in Accura’s banking and finance group. He specialises in acquisition finance and structured finance. He has advised major Danish and foreign banks and listed corporate entities on the financing and structuring of bond issues and securitisation of various assets such as mortgages, securities, loans, receivables and leasing assets. Mr Toftgaard holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Copenhagen and an LLM from Georgetown University, Washington DC. Mr Toftgaard has been recognised in a number of international survey-based directories within the banking and structured finance area.

Andreas Tamasauskas

Associate
Email andreas.tamasauskas@accura.dk

Andreas Tamasauskas is an associate in Accura’s banking and finance group. Mr Tamasauskas has a master’s degree in business administration and commercial law from Copenhagen Business School, an LLM from the University of London and a PhD in banking and finance law from the Centre for Financial Law at Copenhagen Business School. Mr Tamasauskas has been appointed a member of a special committee established jointly by the Bankers’ Association and Copenhagen Business School to promote securitisation/ covered bonds through legislative change.

 

Baker & McKenzie

Bethmannstrasse 50-54, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel+49 69 299 080 Fax+49 69 299 081 08

Baker & McKenzie – CIS Limited

Sadovaya Plaza, 11th Floor, 7 Dolgorukovskaya St, Moscow, 127006, Russia
Tel+7 095 787 2700 Fax+7 095 787 2701

Renaissance Business Centre, 24 Vorovskoho Street, Kiev 01054 Ukraine
Tel+380 44 590 0101 Fax+380 44 590 0110

Web www.bakernet.com
Other offices 66 offices worldwide

Sandra Wittinghofer

Associate, Frankfurt
Email sandra.wittinghofer@bakernet.com

Sandra Wittinghofer is an associate in the banking and finance group in the Frankfurt office of Baker & McKenzie.

She studied law at the Universities of Bayreuth and Paris II Panthéon-Assas (diplôme de droit comparé). She qualified and joined Baker & McKenzie in 2003.

Her practice focuses on structured finance and securitisation. Ms Wittinghofer has acted for European financial institutions and originators with respect to the securitisation of a various asset classes such as trade receivables, consumer loans and auto loans and leases.

Vladimir Dragunov

Partner, Moscow
Email vladimir.dragunov@bakernet.com

Vladimir Dragunov is a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Moscow office. Since joining Baker & McKenzie in 1997, Mr Dragunov has been practising as a banking and finance lawyer. His primary focus is on structured finance and securitisations, bank and corporate lending, secured transactions, pre-export and trade finance, derivatives, custody and currency control regulations.

Mr Dragunov has advised various banks, arrangers, originators, rating agencies, service providers and regulators on various aspects of structuring securitisations of different asset classes in Russia and in the Commonwealth of Independent States. He has also worked with the International Finance Corporation Technical Securitisation Group on improving the legal framework for securitisation of assets in Russia, and is currently advising the Russian Duma and the Federal Service on Financial Markets on the drafting of specific laws that would facilitate securitisations in Russia.

Mr Dragunov has authored a number of publications in the areas of securitisation and finance and is highly recommended for securitisation and structured finance work in Russia by the European Legal 500 (2005 edition).

Max Gutbrod

Partner, Moscow
Email max.gutbrod@bakernet.com

Max Gutbrod is a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Moscow office, which he joined in 1995. Dr Gutbrod earned a PhD from the University of Munich in 1992 and is a member of the firm’s international corporate and securities practice. He regularly advises on corporate and commercial matters, banking, securities, finance and financial services matters. He has broad experience in financing options (including initial public offerings), and has represented a Russian exporter in a proposed securitisation of export receivables and a Russian investment bank in a proposed securitisation of a loan portfolio. For many years he focused on problems regarding the issuance of local bonds, in particular in relation to currency hedges, double listings, default provisions and agents for service. Dr Gutbrod is deputy chairman of the German Business Association and chairman of its Financial Services Committee, and has been particularly active in advising the legislature in the areas of securitisation, derivatives and securities legislation in general.

Serhiy Chorny

Partner, Kiev
Email serhiy.chorny@bakernet.com

Serhiy Chorny is a partner in the Kiev office of Baker & McKenzie, which he joined in 1993 after spending three years as a research fellow at the Institute of State and Law of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Mr Chorny has broad experience in advising both foreign and domestic financial institutions and corporate clients on various aspects of Ukrainian banking and finance legislation, as well as representing issuers and lenders in a number of capital markets transactions. Mr Chorny advised major international investment banks in connection with the proposed securitisation of cross- border proceeds of a Ukrainian telecommunications operator, as well as mortgage loan and consumer credit portfolios. His practice areas include banking and finance and capital markets. Mr Chorny is highly recommended by leading international and local legal directories and is listed among the leading individuals by Chambers Global, the International Financial Law Report 100 and PLC Which Lawyer? for a fourth consecutive year.

Glib Bondar

Associate, Kiev
Email glib.bondar@bakernet.com

Glib Bondar is an associate of the Kiev office of Baker & McKenzie. He joined the firm in October 2001, previously working for the Kiev office of another international law firm. Mr Bondar graduated from the law department of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University in 2000 (diploma with honours). In 2001 he received an LLM from the Columbia School of Law. Mr Bondar has significant experience in representing issuers and lead managers in a number of cross- border capital markets transactions, as well as routinely advising clients on various aspects of the Ukrainian banking and finance and securities legislation. He is currently involved in the proposed securitisation of mortgage loan and consumer credit portfolios of one of the major Ukrainian commercial banks. His practice areas include capital markets and banking and finance. Mr Bondar is known in the market for his wide expertise and has been ranked among the leading individuals by Chambers Global for two consecutive years.

Anna Makedonska

Associate, Kiev
Email anna.makedonska@bakernet.com

Anna Makedonska rejoined the Kiev office in September 2006 as an associate in the banking and finance department with a focus on debt capital markets, structured finance, loans and credit facilities. Ms Makedonska spent a year studying at Georgetown University Law Centre (Washington DC, United States) and received her LLM. degree in 2006. Her areas of specialisation at Georgetown included securities regulation, commercial law, corporate finance, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie in February 2004, Ms Makedonska worked as a paralegal in the Kiev office of a major international law firm. Under the auspices of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Programme, Ms Makedonska also worked as an intern in the office of Eleni Bakopanos, MP, in 2001. She also holds a law degree from Dnipropetrovsk National University, which she received in June 2002. Ms Makedonska is admitted to practise law in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.

 

Bonn Schmitt Steichen

44 rue de la Vallée, BP 522, L-2015 Luxembourg
Tel+352 45 58 58 Fax+352 45 58 59
Web www.bsslaw.net

Alex Schmitt

Managing partner
Email aschmitt@bsslaw.net

Alex Schmitt was born in Luxembourg. He was admitted to the bar in Brussels in 1979 and in Luxembourg in 1983. He received his licence juridique from the University of Brussels in 1978, his licence droit Européen in 1980 from the Institute of European Studies, Brussels and his LLM from Harvard Law School in 1981.

He is a member of the consultative body to the prime minister of Luxembourg on the improvement of the legislative framework of the financial centre and the Committee on Undertakings for Collective Investment with the Supervisory Authority of the Financial Sector. He is also a lecturer at the University of Brussels Law School, a lecturer in tax law at the Institut de Formation Bancaire, Luxembourg and a visiting lecturer in taxation at the University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France, and Brussels Management School. He is a member of the International Fiscal Association and the panel of conciliators and arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, DC, as well as an arbitrator at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, Netherlands.

His principal practice areas are banking and financial law, securities law and regulation and mergers and acquisitions. He speaks English, French, German and Italian.

Laurent Lazard

Partner
Email lazard@bsslaw.net

Laurent Lazard was born in Luxembourg. He was admitted to the Luxembourg bar in 1990. He received his maîtrise en droit des affaires in 1989 and his diplôme d'etudes supérieures spécialisées en droit des affaires et fiscalité des entreprises in 1990, both from the University of Paris II. He received his LLM from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993.

His principal practice areas are banking and financial law, structured finance and securities law and regulation. He speaks English, French and German.

 

Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP

Seven Times Square, New York, NY 10036, United States
Tel+1 212 209 4800 Fax+1 212 209 4801

121 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903, United States
Tel+1 401 276 2600 Fax+1 401 276 2601
Web www.brownrudnick.com
Other Offices Boston, Dublin, Hartford, London, Washington DC

Ronald S Borod

Partner, New York
Email rborod@brownrudnick.com

Ronald S Borod is chair of the firm’s structured finance group and oversees the firm’s securitisation and structured finance practice. Mr Borod is also a member of the firm’s structured resolution group and climate and energy group. Mr Borod has represented issuers and underwriters in a variety of asset-backed securities transactions and is a recognised leader in structuring

innovative formats for securitising new asset classes. For example, Mr Borod developed the national programme to securitise the $14 billion of legal fees resulting from the settlement of the multi-state litigation against the tobacco industry in the United States, and has been a leading practitioner and thought leader in the securitisation of intellectual property and in whole business securitisation. Mr Borod is currently working with his colleagues at Brown Rudnick on structures for securitising wind power assets, ethanol facilities, outsourcing revenues and carbon emissions credits.

Madeleine ML Tan

Partner, New York
Email mtan@brownrudnick.com

Madeleine Tan is a partner in the structured finance group and a member of the climate and energy group. She has extensive financial expertise in the areas of project finance, equity investment, capital markets debt offerings, asset-backed, tax-advantaged and structured finance transactions including securitisation, derivatives and leveraged leasing. She has acted as adviser and counsel to equity investors, lenders, project developers, alternative investment funds, special situation funds, issuers and underwriters.

Most recently, Ms Tan has advised corporations, financial institutions, specialised funds and the investment and trading communities on the financing of alternative energy projects, and derivatives and structured products relating to EU emissions allowances as well as certified emission reductions under the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM regime. She also practices in the area of whole business securitisation.

Brian P Gallogly

Partner, Providence
Email bgallogly@brownrudnick.com

Brian Gallogly is a partner in the structured finance group and a member of the firm’s structured resolution group. Mr Gallogly focuses his practice on public and structured finance transactions. He has represented various issuers and underwriters in public and private tax-exempt and taxable debt financings, including the securitisation of new asset classes and other whole business securitisations. He recently served as counsel in several transactions in which legal fee awards payable to certain law firms were securitised. He has also served as issuer’s counsel to finance the privatisation of several military housing projects located on Air Force, Army and Navy bases. As part of the firm's structured resolution group, Mr Gallogly helps to analyse the issues surrounding the subprime market collapse in an effort to help clients identify and execute on arbitrage and repackaging strategies.

 

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

One World Financial Centre, New York, New York 10281, United States
Tel+1 212 504 6000 Fax+1 212 504 6666
Web www.cadwalader.com
Other Offices Beijing, Charlotte, London, Washington DC

Michael S Gambro

Partner
Email michael.gambro@cwt.com

Michael Gambro is a corporate and securities lawyer who focuses primarily on representing financial institutions in the financing, purchase and sale and securitisation of financial assets. He has represented some of the largest financial institutions in the country in noteworthy securitisation transactions, and has lectured and written articles on a number of business law topics. He has been a partner in the firm since January 1987.

Mr Gambro received his JD degree in 1980 from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. He received his BS degree from Tufts University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is licensed to practise in New York, California and New Jersey. His main practice area is capital markets.

Michael A McCormack

Special counsel
Email michael.mccormack@cwt.com

Michael McCormack is special counsel in the capital markets department of the New York office. He primarily represents major financial institutions in residential mortgage loan sales and public and private securitisations.

Mr McCormack received his JD degree in 1996 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received his BA degree from Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is licensed to practise in New York and New Jersey. His main practice area is capital markets.

 

Clifford Chance US LLP

31 West 52nd Street, New York NY 10019 6131, United States
Tel+1 212 878 8000 Fax+1 212 878 8375
Web www.cliffordchance.com
Other Offices Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Menlo Park, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Padua, Paris, Prague, Rome, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Warsaw, Washington DC

Donald Gray Carden

Partner
Email donald.carden@cliffordchance.com

Donald Carden is a partner in the US tax practice of Clifford Chance US LLP. Mr Carden focuses on all areas of federal and New York state income taxation, with particular expertise in structured finance, including collateralised bond obligation and collateralised loan obligation (CLO) transactions, asset-backed and mortgage securitisation, private equity, leveraged leasing and real estate capital markets transactions.

Mr Carden has extensive experience in structured finance, working on a wide variety of products including cash collateralised debt obligations (CDOs), synthetic and hybrid CDOs, CLOs, credit-linked notes, credit opportunity funds, equity derivatives, covered bonds and securitisation of unusual asset classes including private equity, hedge funds, intellectual property and life settlements. Typically these transactions will be carried out in a cross-border context, adding to their tax complexity.

Mr Carden is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University (BA 1983) and of Georgetown University Law Centre (JD 1986), where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr Carden is a frequent speaker on the tax aspects of structured finance and is the author of numerous articles on related topics.

Zey Nasser

Associate
Email zey.nasser@cliffordchance.com

Zey Nasser is an associate in the US tax practice of Clifford Chance US LLP. Ms Nasser’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of structured finance transactions such as the tax structuring and treatment of CDOs. Ms Nasser represents issuers and collateral managers in US and non-US CDO transactions, including asset- backed, cash and synthetic securitisations.

Ms Nasser has experience in hybrid and other financings and in representing issuers and underwriters in US and Euromarket offerings, as well as experience in corporate acquisitions and dispositions, spin-offs, consolidated groups and foreign in-bound and outbound transactions.

Ms Nasser received her BA from George Washington University in 1995 (cum laude), her JD from American University in 1999 (taxation dean’s fellowship, contracts dean’s fellowship, sales and secured transactions dean’s fellowship) and her LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Centre in 2001 (full scholarship).

Among other publications, Ms Nasser co-authored “Guidance Offers Clearer Picture on Repatriation” (International Tax Review, June 2005) and “Second Round of Guidance on Dividend Repatriation Provisions” (Tax Notes, Vol 107, No 8 (May 2005)).

Throughout 2005 Ms Nasser co-authored a monthly column entitled “Current Status of Legislation Relating to International Tax Rules” in the BNA Tax Management International Journal.

 

Deutsche Bank

Web www.db.com

Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private client franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With 78,291 employees in 76 countries, Deutsche Bank offers unparalleled financial services throughout the world. The bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.

London

Deutsche Bank AG Winchester House, 1 Great Winchester Street, London, EC2N 2DB, United Kingdom
Tel+44 20 7545 8000 Fax+44 20 7545 6155

Ganesh Rajendra

Managing director, head of securitisation research, Europe and Asia
Email ganesh.rajendra@db.com

Ganesh Rajendra is a managing director and head of securitisation research for Europe and Asia at Deutsche Bank, having joined the firm in mid-2001. Mr Rajendra and his team focus on providing market commentaries, credit performance analysis and relative value strategies as part of the bank’s non-US securitisation research effort. Under his leadership, the Deutsche Bank securitisation research team has been highly ranked by

International Securitisation Report, Structured Finance International, Euromoney and The Institutional Investor All-Europe polls in the past three years. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr Rajendra worked at Merrill Lynch for four years in the international structured credit research group. He is a graduate in actuarial mathematics from the London School of Economics and a chartered financial analyst.

Conor O’Toole

Vice president
Email conor.o-toole@db.com

Conor O’Toole is a vice president within the European securitisation research team at Deutsche Bank, having joined in November 2006. Mr O’Toole started his career in structured finance on the buyside at Allied Irish Banks plc in Dublin before moving to Sumitomo Trust & Banking Ltd in London in November 2004, where he acted as an assistant portfolio manager. Mr O’Toole was responsible for managing a European investment grade asset-backed securities portfolio, including residential mortgage-backed securities, commercial mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and collateralised debt obligations. At Deutsche Bank he covers the full spectrum of European structured finance products, with particular emphasis on cash collateralised debt obligations. Mr O’Toole holds an honours bachelor of commerce international (with Spanish) degree from University College Dublin.

Tim Nicolle

Managing director, head of CEEMEA securitisation
Email tim.nicolle@db.com

Tim Nicolle has been structuring and executing securitisations for 20 years, and has been responsible for many European and world-first transaction structures, including most recently the first securitisations from the Central Eastern Europe and Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) region involving local currency assets. The Deutsche Bank team has a strong track record in the delivery of innovative and market- leading solutions to clients based upon the bank's strong franchise both in emerging market and in mainstream securitisation – being awarded International Financial Law Review Securitisation House of the Year in 2007. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr

Nicolle built up the Commonwealth of Independent States securitisation business at HVB. He has a law degree from Cambridge University.

Frankfurt

Deutsche Bank AG Theodor-Heuss-Allee 70, 60486 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel+49 69 910 00 Fax+49 69 910 34225

Claas Becker

Director, loan exposure management group, Frankfurt
Email claas.becker@db.com

Claas Becker is a director within the loan exposure management group at Deutsche Bank. The loan exposure management group was awarded Credit Portfolio Manager of the Year by RISK in 2006 and 2008. Mr Becker’s responsibilities include structuring German small and medium-sized enterprise securitisation transactions and developing valuation models for illiquid loans. He joined Deutsche Bank in 1998 and has worked on loan portfolio models, loan pricing and securitisation since then. Mr Becker holds a summa cum laude PhD in mathematics from Bochum University

New York

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc 60 Wall Street New York, NY 10005, United States
Tel+1 212 250 2500

Richard Parkus

Director, head of CMBS research and head of CDO and ABS synthetics research.
Email richard.parkus@db.com

Richard Parkus is head of commercial mortgage- backed securities research and head of collateralised debt obligation and asset-backed securities synthetics research. Prior to this, Mr Parkus was head of commercial mortgage-backed securities research and strategy in the commercial mortgage-backed securities group at Deutsche Bank. Before that, Mr Parkus was the senior fixed income exotic options trader for Lehman Brothers in London. Mr Parkus started his career at Lehman Brothers in 1992, where he was cohead of the quantitative mortgage modelling group within mortgage research.

Katie Reeves

Director
Email katie.reeves@db.com

Katie Reeves joined Deutsche Bank in July 2000 and is a director in the global securitisation research group. In addition to ongoing coverage of most consumer asset- backed securities sectors, recent research publications include articles on consumer finance, sub-prime mortgage asset-backed securities residuals, aircraft lease asset backed securities and covered bonds. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Ms Reeves worked as a banker in the asset-backed securities structuring and origination group at Credit Suisse First Boston. Ms Reeves started her career in structured finance at Standard & Poor’s in New York. Ms Reeves has a BA in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Cornell University.

Karen Weaver

Managing director, head of global securitisation research
Email karen.weaver@db.com

Karen Weaver is a managing director and the global head of securitisation research, responsible for Deutsche Bank’s research on securitised fixed-income products. Regionally, Ms Weaver also manages Deutsche Bank Research-Americas, which has 300 professionals covering economics, debt and equity markets. Ms Weaver joined Deutsche Bank from Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in 2000. Prior to joining CSFB, she was a portfolio manager active in the asset- backed and mortgage-backed securities markets. She is a graduate of Temple University, where she studied statistics and economics as an undergraduate, and finance at graduate level. She is also a chartered financial analyst. Ms Weaver is a contributing author to numerous books on mortgage-backed and asset- backed securities, and has appeared on Bloomberg News, CNBC and the ABC Evening News. Ms Weaver and her team have earned many industry accolades, including rankings in Institutional Investor, Global Investor, Euromoney and Credit Magazine.

Tokyo

Deutsche Securities Inc Sanno Park Tower, 2-11-1 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-6171, Japan
Tel+81 3 5156 5500 Fax+81 3 5156 5501

Yukio Egawa

Managing director, head of securitisation research, Japan
Email yukio.egawa@db.com

Yukio Egawa is the head of securitisation research at Deutsche Securities Inc, Deutsche Bank’s Japanese brokerage arm in Tokyo. He joined the firm in July 2002 from Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) where he served as senior securitisation research analyst. Prior to working at CSFB, Mr Egawa worked as a structured finance analyst at Moody’s and as an arranger of securitisation transactions at The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (currently known as Shinsei Bank) and its affiliates. He is a member of the legislative council. He is an active member of a number of committees and working groups at the Securitisation Forum of Japan.

 

Egan-Jones Ratings Co

61 Station Road, Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041, United States
Web www.egan-jones.com

 

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

2, rue Paul Cézanne, 75008 Paris, France
Tel+33 1 44 56 44 56 Fax+ 33 1 44 56 44 00
Web www. freshfields.com
Other Offices Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Cologne, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Rome, Shanghai, Tokyo, Vienna, Washington DC

Hervé Touraine

Partner
Email herve.touraine@freshfields.com

Hervé Touraine joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 1995 and became a partner in 1998. He heads the finance group in Paris. His practice focuses on structured finance and securitisation. Since the introduction of securitisation in France, Mr Touraine has been working closely with various arrangers, originators, rating agencies, monoline insurers and regulatory authorities.

Mr Touraine has advised on numerous domestic and international transactions (including many firsts in France and Europe), advising both French and international clients and using both domestic and offshore structures. Mr Touraine has extensive experience in structuring and managing cross-border securitisations involving numerous countries. He is an active player in drafting French securitisation and structured finance legislation and regulations.

Olivier Bernard

Associate
Email oliviver.bernard@freshfields.com

Olivier Bernard joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2003. His main areas of work include structured finance, capital markets and securitisation of a wide range of assets. He regularly advises prominent securitisation arrangers and has been involved in a number of groundbreaking multi-jurisdictional transactions, privately or publicly placed, including one of the first securitisation transactions achieving a direct cross-collateralisation of portfolios of US and European trade receivables and the first securitisation of future flows arising from auto lease contracts in France. He recently advised a French banking group on the structuring and implementation of its contractual covered bonds programme.

Mr Bernard graduated with honours from the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne (maîtrise de droit des affaires) and from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, where he specialised in finance. He speaks French and English fluently.

 

Hunton & Williams (Thailand) Limited

34th Floor, Q House Lumpini, No 1 South Sathorn Road, Thungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Tel+66 2 645 8800 Fax+66 2 645 8880
Web www.hunton.com
Other Offices Atlanta, Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Knoxville, London, McLean, Miami, New York, Norfolk, Releigh, Richmond, Singapore, Washington

Stephen Bennett

Partner
Email bennetts@hunton.com

Stephen Bennett is a partner in the Bangkok office of Hunton & Williams where he specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and structured finance. Mr Bennett acts for various arrangers and issuers and has advised in relation to numerous securitisations in Thailand, including securitisations approved by the Bank of Thailand and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

International Monetary Fund

Monetary and Capital Markets (MCM) Department, 700 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20431, United States
Tel+1 202 623 6362 Fax+1 202 589 6362
Web www.imf.org

Dr Andreas A Jobst

Economist
Email ajobst@imf.org

Andreas (Andy) Jobst is a mid-career economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. His work focuses on structured finance, risk management, sovereign debt management, financial regulation and time series econometrics. He has previously worked at the Division for Insurance and Research at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Deutsche Bundesbank, the Centre for Financial Studies in Frankfurt, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England, the Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe of the United Nations, the European Securitisation Group of Deutsche Bank and the Boston Consulting Group. Mr Jobst holds a PhD in finance from the London School of Economics. He was also educated in Oxford, Cambridge, Leicester and Maryland.

Mr Jobst is a regular speaker at professional and academic conferences on risk management and structured finance. His most recent research has been published in Derivatives Use, Trading & Regulation, the Journal of Derivatives and Hedge Funds, Managerial Finance, the International Journal of Emerging Markets, the Journal of Banking Regulation, the Journal of Structured Finance, the International Journal of Banking Law and Regulation, the Journal of Operational Risk, the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, The Securitisation Conduit, Operational Risk & Compliance, Islamic Economic Studies, Islamic Finance News and Euromoney publications. He is also one of the authors of the Global Financial Stability Report published by the IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department (2005-2007).

 

Jones Day

6th Floor, 4-1-17 Toranomon 4-Chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan
Tel+81 3 3433 3939 Fax+81 3 5401 2725
Web www.jonesday.com
Other Offices Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Irvine, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Silicon Valley, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Washington

Hirokazu Ina

Attorney
Email hina@jonesday.com

Hirokazu Ina is an attorney with the Tokyo office of Jones Day. He focuses on financial law with an emphasis on structured finance, securitisations (loans, sales and lease receivables, promissory notes, bonds, real estate and synthetic transactions), corporate finance, derivatives, leveraged buy-outs and ship finance. He is admitted to the Japan and New York Bars and received his LLB from Keio University and his LLM from Harvard Law School.

 

Juris Corp

1104A Raheja Chambers, Free Press Journal Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 021, India
Tel+91 22 2204 3574 Fax+91 22 2204 3579

Sonali Sharma

Solicitor
Email s.sharma@jclex.com

Sonali Sharma has been working at Juris Corp since 2001. She obtained an LLB degree from Mumbai University and is enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. She is also a qualified solicitor on the rolls of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society. Her primary areas of practice at Juris Corp include securitisation, structured products, banking, structured finance and alternative dispute resolution. She is well conversant with foreign exchange regulations as applicable to the corporate banking sector and has been involved in advising on a number of financial transactions involving foreign exchange, cross border and structuring issues. In relation to the securities market, she is familiar with issues relating to foreign institutional investors, insider trading and the Takeover Code.

Anahita Irani

Solicitor
Email a.irani@jclex.com

Anahita Irani obtained her LLB degree from Mumbai University and is enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. She is also a qualified solicitor on the rolls of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society. During her articleship for a period of three years, she worked on various areas of law, including conveyancing and banking matters. Prior to joining Juris Corp she was involved in transactions pertaining to foreign exchange and securities laws. Ms Irani joined Juris Corp in 2007. Her primary areas of practice at Juris Corp include structured finance and foreign exchange laws, as well as advising on entry strategies for various financial intermediaries.

 

Kuri Breña, Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar SC

Corporativo Punta Santa Fe Torre B, Prolongación Paseo de la Reforma No 1015, Piso 8, Col Desarrollo Santa Fe 01376 México
Tel+52 55 5292 5930 Fax+52 55 5292 5928
Web www.ksca.com.mx

Daniel Kuri Breña

Founding partner
Email dkuribrena@ksca.com.mx

Daniel Kuri Breña received his law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City and an LLM from Columbia University School of Law, New York. He is a founding partner at Kuri Breña, Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar SC. His practice includes financing, securities, mergers and acquisitions, privatisation of governmental entities and public bids, as well as antitrust law and general corporate law. He also does infrastructure project finance work. He has developed state-of-the-art securitisation structures, including the first trade receivables securitisation transactions in the Mexican market. He has participated in the development and implementation of other asset-backed securitisations, including several toll roads in Mexico, and in the financing of multimodal facilities and other infrastructure projects.

 

Laga

Berkenlaan 8A 1831, Brussels/Diegem, Belgium
Tel+32 2 800 7000 Fax+32 2 800 7002
Web www.laga.be

Werner Van Lembergen

Avocat, member of the Brussels Bar
Email wvanlembergen@laga.be

Werner Van Lembergen heads the banking and finance department at Laga, a leading Belgian full-service business law firm. Until 2005 he was at the forefront of his practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. His practice focuses on structured finance and securitisation, as well as banking and real estate finance. In the context of securitisation transactions, Mr Van Lembergen has worked closely with various arrangers, originators, rating agencies and the Belgian regulatory authorities. He has advised on domestic and international transactions and has been involved in recent public and private securitisations in Belgium, advising both Belgian and international clients.

Stefaan Van Dyck

Avocat, member of the Brussels Bar
Email svandyck@laga.be

Stefaan Van Dyck is a senior associate in Laga’s banking and finance department, specialising in syndicated lending, real estate financings and commercial mortgage-backed securities.

Laurent Godts

Avocat, member of the Brussels Bar
Email lgodts@laga.be

Laurent Godts joined Laga’s banking and finance department in September 2007. He specialises in corporate finance and has worked both on equity and debt financing transactions.

 

Linklaters SL

Calle Zurbarán 28, 28010 Madrid, Spain
Tel+34 91 399 60 00 Fax+34 91 399 61 46
Web www.linklaters.com
Other Offices Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Colchester, Cologne, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo, Warsaw

Iñigo Berricano

Partner, Madrid
Email inigo.berricano@linklaters.com

Iñigo Berricano is a partner in the Madrid office. Mr Berricano joined Linklaters in December 1999. A lecturer at ICADE University, he has broad experience in stock market transactions. Regarding securitisation transactions, he participated in the incorporation of the first fondo management company and in the first mortgage-backed securitisation carried out after the enactment of Law 19/1992, as well as in numerous other securitisation deals. Mr Berricano has participated as a lecturer and coordinator in numerous conferences on securitisation. His practice area is capital markets.

Juan María Lamo

Associate
Email juan_maria.lamo@linklaters.com

Juan María Lamo joined Linklaters in September 2004 straight from Deusto University, where he obtained his law degree. He has a wide experience in capital markets transactions, including IPOs (having participated in advising the underwriters in the IPOs of Técnicas Reunidas, Almirall, Solaria and Criteria CaixaCorp), debt issues (EMTN programmes for Iberdrola, Gas Natural and Unión Fenosa and convertible notes issue by General de Alquiler de Maquinaria) and securitisation transactions (securitisation of the portfolios of acquisition loans and financial lease receivables of Ford andof mortgage loan receivables of CAM and Banco Rural Hipotecario), as well as in banking transactions, mainly in acquisition financing (leveraged buy-outs), such as the financing of the acquisition of BUS Group AB by Befesa Zinc, SLU, the acquisition of Gasmedi by Mercapital and the acquisition of Euroloc by Advent.

 

Mallesons Stephen Jaques

37th Floor, Two International Finance Centre, 8 Finance Street, Hong Kong
Tel+852 3443 1000 Fax+852 3443 1299

Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Tel+61 2 9296 2000 Fax+61 2 9296 3999

6th Floor Alder Castle, 10 Noble Street, London EC2V 7JX, United Kingdom
Tel+44 20 7778 7170 Fax+44 20 7778 7199

Web www.mallesons.com
Other Offices Beijing, Brisbane, Canberra, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Port Moresby (associated office)

Adrienne Showering

Partner, Hong Kong
Email adrienne.showering@mallesons.com

Adrienne Showering is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Mallesons Stephen Jaques. She became a partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ Sydney office in 1987. She practises English, Hong Kong and Australian law. Ms Showering is a corporate finance partner and a securitisation expert. Her practice involves corporate mergers and acquisitions work as well as a wide variety of structured finance transactions. She has been continuously involved in the securitisation market in Australia and in Asia-Pacific since the inception of each of those markets, and is a recognised leader in her field. Over the past 19 years she has put together a wide variety of securitisation and structured debt programmes.

Paul McBride

Senior associate, Hong Kong
Email paul.mcbride@mallesons.com

Paul McBride is a senior associate in the Hong Kong office of Mallesons Stephen Jaques. He specialises in derivatives and structured finance including true-sale, secured loan and synthetic securitisations across various asset classes. Mr McBride acts for warehouse financiers, managers, monoline insurers, originators, swap counterparties and structured product investors. He worked in Tokyo and London prior to joining Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Berkeley Cox

Partner, Sydney
Email berkeley.cox@mallesons.com

Berkeley Cox is a partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques where he specialises in securitisation, property finance, capital markets and structured finance. Mr Cox acts for issuers, originators and arrangers in the Australian and international capital markets and is admitted in Australia, New York and England.

Jeremy Green

Associate, London
Email jeremy.green@mallesons.com

Jeremy Green is an associate in the London office of Mallesons Stephen Jaques where he specialises in synthetic securitisation, structured capital markets products, derivatives and structured finance. Mr Green acts for a number of participants in the synthetic securitisation, derivatives and structured capital markets in Australia and England.

 

Mannheimer Swartling

Norrmalmstorg 4, Box 1711, SE-111 87 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel+46 8 505 765 00 Fax+46 8 505 765 01

Östra Hamngatan 16, 7th Floor, SE-403 14 Gothenburg, Sweden
Tel+46 31 355 16 00 Fax+46 31 355 16 01

Web www.mannheimerswartling.com
Other Offices Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Helsingborg, Hong Kong, Malmo, Moscow, New York, Shanghai, St Petersburg

Mattias Lampe

Partner, Stockholm
Email mat@msa.se

Mattias Lampe is a partner in the banking and finance group of Mannheimer Swartling and is based in Stockholm. He specialises in the area of securitisation and other asset-backed finance and regularly advises asset originators, lead managers, programme sponsors and rating agencies on cross-border securitisations, involving a wide range of asset classes. Recent deals have included consumer credits, trade receivables, residential and commercial mortgages, lease receivables and credit card receivables. Mr Lampe also has extensive experience of acquisition and property finance and regulatory matters. Mr Lampe holds an LLM from Uppsala University (1995) and an LLM from Cambridge University (1997).

Olof Stenström

Partner, Gothenburg
Email ost@msa.se

Olof Stenström is a partner in the banking and finance group of Mannheimer Swartling and is based in Gothenburg. His areas of specialisation include debt capital markets, securitisation and other types of structured financing. His clients involve originators, arrangers and rating agencies in deals involving different asset classes, such as commercial mortgages, trade receivables and freight receivables. Mr Stenström also advises clients on bond and note offerings (including high-yield notes), private placements, derivatives and acquisition finance. He holds an LLM from the University of Lund (1989) and an LLM from the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College (1993).

 

Marek & Partners

Palisady 36, 811 06 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Tel+421 2 5441 8894 Fax+421 2 5441 8889
Web www.marek.sk

Lubomir Marek

Managing partner
Email lubomir.marek@marek.sk

Lubomir Marek is the managing partner of Marek & Partners. He graduated with an LLM from Comenius University School of Law, Bratislava, Slovak Republic and, as a Fulbright scholar, an LLM from Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington DC, United States. He also studied at Charles University School of Law, Prague, Czech Republic in the international law and diplomacy programme and Rijksuniversitaet Groningen School of Law, Groningen, the Netherlands in the EU law programme. He has provided legal advice and handled a number of deals in the areas of cross-border corporate acquisitions, debt and asset-backed transactions, venture capital and private equity investment transactions, for both international and private national clients.

His practice areas are banking and financial law, securities, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital transactions.

 

Matheson Ormsby Prentice

70 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel+353 1 232 2000 Fax+353 1 232 3333
Web www.mop.ie
Other Offices London, New York, Palo Alto

Turlough Galvin

Partner
Email turlough.galvin@mop.ie

Turlough Galvin is a partner in the tax group of Matheson Ormsby Prentice. He advises blue-chip international corporations, investment banks and financial institutions doing business in and through Ireland. He practises corporate tax specialising in structured finance, securitisation, collateralised debt obligations, collateralised loan obligations, repackaging, credit derivatives and mergers and acquisitions. Mr Galvin was involved in redrafting the Irish securitisation legislation in 2002 to 2003, the Irish value added tax legislation relating to structured finance transactions in 2004, and the Irish tax legislation relating to the implementation of International Accounting Standards in 2005, relating to withholding tax on bonds in 2006 and relating to the permitted categories of securitisable assets in 2007. He lectures and writes regularly on international tax and structured finance issues.

 

Moravc.evic´ Vojnovic´ Zdravkovic´ OAD in cooperation with Schönherr

Francuska 27, SRB-11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel+381 11 320 26 00 Fax+381 11 320 26 10

Matija Vojnovic´

Partner
Email m.vojnovic@schoenherr.co.yu

Matija Vojnovic is a partner of the Serbian cooperation office of Schönherr, Moravc.evic´ Vojnovic´ & Zdravkovic´ OAD, where he specialises in mergers and acquisitions and banking and finance. Mr Vojnovic’s transactional work spans across a number of industries, including insurance, telecom, IT, media, construction and infrastructure. His other areas of practice include structured finance and derivatives transactions with Serbian counterparties.

Mr Vojnovic is a member of the Serbian Bar. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade (LLB 2001) and obtained his LLM in international business law at Central European University in Budapest (2003).

 

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Bucharest Business Park, Entrance A, 4th Floor, 1A, Bucuresti-Ploiesti National Road, 1st District, 013681, Bucharest, Romania
Tel+40 21 20 11 200 Fax+40 21 20 11 210
Web www.nndkp.com

Cristina Virtopeanu

Senior associate
Email cristina.virtopeanu@nnkp.ro

Cristina Virtopeanu is a senior associate and has been with the firm since 1999. Her areas of expertise include securities and capital markets, corporate and commercial law and project finance. Ms Virtopeanu is a member of the Bucharest Bar and the Arbitral Chamber of the Bucharest Stock Exchange. She was involved in drafting the Mortgage Bond Law and the Securitisation Law under an assignment received by the firm from the International Finance Corporation, as part of the US Agency for International Development project for financial market reform in Romania. Ms Virtopeanu contributes to Romanian and foreign international financial services publications on issues regarding the Romanian securities and capital market framework.

 

Pekin & Pekin

Lamartine Caddesi 10, Taksim 34437, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel+90 212 313 35 00 Fax+90 212 313 35 35
Web www.pekin-pekin.com

Ahmed Pekin

Senior partner
Email apekin@pekin-pekin.com

Ahmed Pekin was born in Istanbul, Turkey on September 8 1946 and admitted to practise law inTurkey in 1970. He went to high school in Denver, Colorado, United States and obtained his LLB from the University of Istanbul Law Faculty in 1967. He is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association and the International Bar Association and speaks Turkish and English. His main practice areas are commercial law, banking law, project finance, taxation, capital markets and environmental law.

Fethi Pekin

Managing partner
Email fpekin@pekin-pekin.com

Fethi Pekin was born in Izmir, Turkey on September 29 1969. He received his BA from Boston University in 1993 and his LLB from the University of Buckingham in 1996. His main practice areas are banking law, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, corporate law and environmental law. He speaks English and Turkish.

Sinan Borovali

Senior associate
Email sborovali@pekin-pekin.com

Sinan Borovali was born in Istanbul, Turkey on July 27 1977. He received his LLB from the University of Marmara Law Faculty. He is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association and speaks Turkish and English. His main practice areas are securitisation, banking law, housing finance law, corporate law, taxation and real estate law.

 

Petres & Cvirn Law Firm

Ul. kneza Branimira 29 (Branimir Centar), HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Tel+385 1 481 32 44 Fax+385 1 481 30 73

Arijana Petres

Partner
Email law-firm-petres@email.t-com.hr

Arijana Petres is a partner of Petres & Cvirn Law Firm, where she specialises in international mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and finance (including structured and project finance). Ms Petres represents Croatian and international corporates, as well as banks in mainly transactional work. Other areas of her practice are cross-border leasing and derivatives transactions with Croatian counterparties.

Ms Petres is a member of the Croatian Bar and graduated from the University of Zagreb (dipl iur 1998).

 

Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Tuchlauben 17, A1010 Vienna, Austria
Tel+43 1 53 4370 Fax+43 1 53 43 76100
Web www.schoenherr.at
Other Offices Belgrade, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Kiev, Ljubljana, Sofia

Martin Ebner

Partner
Email m.ebner@schoenherr.at

Martin Ebner is a partner at Schönherr, where he specialises in banking, structured finance, acquisition finance, project finance, (debt) capital markets and derivative financial instruments. Mr Ebner represents Austrian and international investment and commercial banks in transactional work in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe, and has an outstanding track record in working on securitisations (both true sale and synthetic). He advises numerous banks on derivatives transactions (including collateral structures) with Austrian and Central European counterparties and is Austrian counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, the Bundesverband deutscher Banken eV and the British Bankers’ Association on issues of close-out netting.

Mr Ebner has been a member of the Austrian Bar since 2002. He graduated from the University of Salzburg (mag iur 1995) and obtained his postgraduate degree from Pallas Consortium (LLM 1997), The Netherlands.

 

Simmons & Simmons

35th Floor Cheung Kong Centre, 2 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong
Tel+852 2868 1131 Fax+852 2810 5040

Corso Vittorio Emanuele 1, 20122 Milan, Italy
Tel+39 02 725 051 Fax+39 02 725 05 505

PO Box 79023, 1070 NB, WTC H Tower, Zuidplein 100, Amsterdam 1077 XV, The Netherlands
Tel+31 20 890 99 00 Fax+31 20 890 99 99

City Point, One Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom
Tel+44 20 7628 2020 Fax+44 20 7628 2070

Web www.simmons-simmons.com
Other Offices Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Madeira, Madrid, Moscow, Padua, Paris, Qatar, Rome, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Tokyo

Paul Browne

Partner
Email paul.browne@simmons-simmons.com

Paul Browne is head of the China financial markets group of Simmons & Simmons in Hong Kong. His experience is principally in advising major investment banks in Europe and Asia on a wide variety of debt capital markets transactions, with particular emphasis on structured products such as securitisation, collateralised debt and loan obligations and repackagings, as well as advising generally on all aspects of derivatives transactions (in particular, credit, equity and commodity derivatives).

Having qualified with Simmons & Simmons in London in 1994, Mr Browne relocated to the financial markets group in Hong Kong in November 2000, before moving to the Tokyo office in 2002 to establish the financial markets practice there. He returned to the Hong Kong office in January 2005.

Jane Newman
Email jane.newman@simmons-simmons.com

Jane Newman is a corporate and M&A lawyer and is responsible for the firm’s Shanghai team, advising on a wide range of corporate, investment and in/outbound securities regulation matters. Ms Newman has over 20 years' experience of international mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity and corporate advisory work. She has extensive experience in a wide range of industries, including financial institutions, commercial and industrial enterprises.

Ms Newman was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. She received degrees from Oxford University and Birmingham University. She is fluent in English, French and German."

Simmons & Simmons is registered in China as a foreign law firm. Simmons & Simmons is permitted by Chinese regulations to provide information on the impact of the Chinese legal environment and also to provide a range of other services. Simmons & Simmons is not admitted to practise in China and cannot, and does not purport to, provide Chinese legal services. Simmons & Simmons is, however, able to coordinate with local counsel to issue a formal legal opinion should this be required.

Corrado Fiscale

Partner, Milan
Email corrado.fiscale@simmons-simmons.com

Corrado Fiscale has experience in banking and capital markets law, with a particular focus on securitisation transactions involving a wide range of different asset classes, including receivables deriving from performing and non-performing loans, lease agreements, debt securities, trade agreements and consumer loans. Mr Fiscale joined the firm in 2004 and became a partner in the financial markets practice in 2007. Prior to joining Simmons & Simmons, from 1997 to 2004 he worked in the Milan and London financial markets department of another leading international law firm.

He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and is the author of several articles on topics related to financial law, including securitisations.

René van Eldonk

Partner, Amsterdam
Email rene.vaneldonk@simmons-simmons.com

René van Eldonk has over 20 years’ experience in international tax law with a strong focus on high-end tax transactional and tax planning work in the fields of structured finance and capital markets. He is recognised as a leading tax practitioner for tax transactional work by International Tax Review and Legal 500. Previously Mr van Eldonk was a tax partner at another Dutch law firm and he has worked in Amsterdam and New York. He joined Simmons & Simmons as a tax partner in 2004 and is based in the Amsterdam office.

Daphne Brinkhuis

Partner, Amsterdam
Email daphne.brinkhuis@simmons-simmons.com

Daphne Brinkhhuis specialises in securitisation, CDO, CLO and repackaging transactions, and advises on Dutch securities and banking laws. She has extensive experience in establishing multi-seller and dedicated securitisation conduits and transactions by such conduits, and standalone synthetic and true-sale securitisation transactions relating to various asset classes, including CMBS, acting for banks and originators. Ms Brinkhuis has worked in Amsterdam and London. She joined Simmons & Simmons as a partner in the financial markets group in 2007 and is based in the Amsterdam office.

Ian Sideris

Partner, London
Email ian.sideris@simmons-simmons.com

Ian Sideris specialises in capital markets work, with a particular emphasis on structured products, including collateralised debt obligations (both cash and synthetic). Mr Sideris qualified as a solicitor in Australia in 1985 and in England and Wales in 1990. He joined the firm in 1995 and became a partner in the London capital markets group (part of the financial markets department) in 1997.

Mr Sideris has chaired and spoken at conferences and written articles on a range of financial law subjects, including synthetic collateralised debt obligations, the law of security and the due diligence process. In Legal Experts 2008 Mr Sideris is listed as a leading capital markets lawyer and securitisation lawyer, and in Chambers Directory 2008 he is listed as a leading capital markets lawyer with a wealth of experience in the structured finance world and as “hugely respected” at leading banks.

 

Souza Cescon Avedissian Barrieu e Flesch Advogados

Rua Funchal, 263, 11th Floor, 04551-060 Sao Paulo – SP, Brazil
Tel+55 11 3089 6501 Fax+55 11 3089 6565
Web www.scbf.com.br

Ronald Herscovici

Partner
Email ronald@scbf.com.br

Ronald Herscovici is a partner in the banking and finance practice group of Souza Cescon Avedissian Barrieu e Flesch Advogados. He specialises in banking, capital markets, project and structured finance, acquisition finance and general financings. His experience includes representing financial institutions, including multilateral agencies, development institutions, export credit agencies and commercial lenders, in a wide range of domestic and international transactions. Mr Herscovici has recently been involved in some of Brazil’s most complex transactions, including non-recourse financings in the telecommunications, oil and gas and power industries, debt restructurings and future-flow securitisations.

Mr Herscovici is a graduate of the University of Sao Paulo Law School (1994) and holds an LLM from Cornell University Law School (1996). His professional experience includes working as an international

associate in the New York offices of Dewey Ballantine (1996 to 1997). He frequently writes and speaks on banking and finance topics, including securities law, secured lending, project finance, securitisation, insolvency and restructurings.

Eduardo J Herzkowicz

Partner
Email eduardo@scbf.com.br

Eduardo Herszkowicz is a partner in the banking and capital markets group of Souza Cescon Avedissian Barrieu e Flesch Advogados. His practice focuses on banking and capital markets, structured finance, acquisition finance and general financings. He has represented lenders, sponsors and borrowers in several important transactions in the telecommunications, energy, oil and gas, mining, banking and food sectors in Brazil. His experience includes a wide range of finance matters, including domestic and international securitisations and financings, and public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities.

Mr Herszkowicz received his law degree from the Catholic University of Sao Paulo Law School (1999) and holds an LLM from the University of Chicago Law School (2001). Mr Herszkowicz is admitted to practise in Sao Paulo (2000) and New York (2001). His professional experience includes working as an international associate at the Washington DC offices of Arnold & Porter (2001 to 2002).

Frederico M Stacchini

Associate
Email fstacchini@scbf.com.br

Frederico Marcondes Stacchini is an associate. His practice focuses on capital markets, banking, corporate law, structured finance and general financings. He has assisted financial institutions, investment funds, venture capitalists and companies in the real estate, infrastructure, manufacturing, banking and food sectors in several important transactions. His experience includes public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, domestic and international securitisations and financings, and corporate reorganisation matters.

Mr Stacchini is a graduate of the Catholic University of Sao Paulo Law School (2004) and is in the process of obtaining a degree in business administration from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation Business School of Sao Paulo.

 

Spasov & Bratanov Lawyers Partnership

35 Slavyanska Street, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Tel+359 2 980 1808 Fax+359 2 980 2510
Web www.sbn-law.com

Vassil Hadjov

Partner
Email vassil.hadjov@sbn-law.com

Vassil Hadjov is a partner with more than nine years’ experience as a corporate and finance lawyer. Before joining Spasov & Bratanov he worked as a legal counsel in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development banking and corporate recovery teams and as an associate lawyer in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s global project finance group in London. Prior to that, he spent two years as an associate with a major Sofia law firm. Mr Hadjov holds LLMs from Sofia and New York Universities, and a diploma in Japanese cultural studies from Soka University in Tokyo. He is a member of the Sofia and New York Bars. He is fluent in English and Russian, and has a good command of Japanese and French. Mr Hadjov is mentioned in Chambers & Partners 2007 and 2008 Global Guides as one of Bulgaria’s leading finance lawyers.

Boyko Bratanov

Partner
Email boyko.bratanov@sbn-law.com

Boyko Bratanov is a partner with more than nine years’ experience. He was admitted to the Bar in 1998. He specialises in tax law, customs law and company law, as well as privatisation, environmental law and regulatory issues. He holds an LLM from Sofia University. Mr

Bratanov is a senior research fellow in tax law at the Institute of Legal Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. In 2002 he attended a three-month course on European business and tax law at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. Mr Bratanov has a good command of English and Russian.

 

Stikeman Elliott LLP

5300 Commerce Court West, 199 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5L 1B9, Canada
Tel+1 416 869 5550 Fax+1 416 947 0866
Web www.stikeman.com
Other Offices Calgary, London, Montreal, Ottawa, New York, Sydney (with an affiliate in Hong Kong),Vancouver

Kevin B Kelly

Partner
Email kkelly@stikeman.com

Kevin B Kelly is a partner in the firm’s Toronto office, where his practice is restricted to Canadian income tax matters with a particular emphasis on corporate financing transactions, both cross-border and domestic. He is a member of the firm’s structured finance and financial products group and of the Ontario Bar. He received his LLB from the University of Western Ontario and his LLM (tax) from New York University. He is a member of several professional organisations and speaks on Canadian income tax matters, including the taxation of derivative transactions.

P Jason Kroft

Partner
Email jkroft@stikeman.com

P Jason Kroft is a partner practising corporate law with an emphasis on corporate finance, asset securitisation, derivatives and financial products transactions. He is a member of the firm’s structured finance and financial products group and of the Ontario and New York Bars, and received his LLB from the University of Western Ontario and his LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He completed his articling requirement as a law clerk to the justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Mark McElheran

Partner
Email mmcelheran@stikeman.com

Mark McElheran is a partner in the firm’s Toronto office, where he practises corporate and commercial law with a significant emphasis on public and private securitisation, structured finance, secured financing and derivative products transactions. He is a member of the firm’s structured finance and financial products group. He received his LLB from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Bar. Mr McElheran has been recognised in a number of survey-based directories and has written and spoken on a variety of topics related to asset securitisation, structured finance and derivatives.

 

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SSHG Law Centre, 105 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, 1226 Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel+63 2 817 9811 Fax+63 2 817 3896
Web www.syciplaw.com
Other Offices Cebu City, Davao City, Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Rafael A Morales

Senior partner
Email ramorales@syciplaw.com

Rafael A Morales is the head of the banking, finance and securities practice group of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. He graduated with an AB in political science (cum laude) and an LLB (cum laude and class valedictorian) from the University of the Philippines. He also has an LLM from the University of Michigan.

 

Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP

1700 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006, United States
Tel+1 202 347 8400 Fax+1 202 626 1930

Two World Financial Centre, New York, NY 10281, United States
Tel+1 212 912 7400 Fax+1 212 912 7751

Web www.tpw.com
Other Offices Summit, White Plains

Stephen FJ Ornstein

Partner, Washington, DC
Email sornstein@tpw.com

Stephen Ornstein is a partner in Thacher Proffitt's Washington, DC office, where he concentrates on banking and real estate law with an emphasis on federal regulation of real estate. Mr Ornstein regularly counsels national mortgage companies, mortgage insurers, financial institutions and others in complying with mortgage and consumer lending regulations, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures (RESPA), the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, fair housing/fair lending regulations, the National Flood Insurance Act, state regulations and licensing.

Mr Ornstein has worked extensively in the area of government regulation of mortgage finance, particularly with respect to FHA-insured and VA-guaranteed single- family and project mortgage loans, and secondary market issues. Mr Ornstein also has substantial experience in the legal issues governing federal and state bank regulation, including agency powers and procedures with respect to professional liability claims.

Matthew S Yoon

Associate, New York
Email myoon@tpw.com

Matthew Yoon joined Thacher Proffitt as an associate in the structured finance practice group in 2000. His practice centres on banking and real estate law with an emphasis on mortgage and consumer lending compliance issues. Mr Yoon has broad experience with a variety of financial industry regulatory matters, such as state and local anti-predatory lending laws, RESPA, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, fair housing/fair lending regulations, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, state regulations and licensing requirements.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr Yoon was an associate with Jorden Burt LLP.

David Tallman

Associate, Washington, DC
Email dtallman@tpw.com

David Tallman joined Thacher Proffitt in 2003 as an associate in the structured finance practice group. His practice centres on banking and real estate law with an emphasis on mortgage and consumer lending compliance issues. Mr Tallman has broad experience with a variety of financial industry regulatory matters, such as state and local anti-predatory lending laws, RESPA, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, fair housing/fair lending regulations, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, state regulations and licensing requirements.

John P Holahan

Associate, Washington, DC
Email jholahan@tpw.com

John Holahan is an associate in the structured finance practice group, resident in the Washington, DC office. He represents federal and state-chartered banks, investment banks, consumer finance companies, and other financial services institutions in various transactions, and state and federal regulatory matters. His practice focuses on banking and real estate law with an emphasis on mortgage and consumer lending compliance issues. He also has experience in mergers and acquisitions of primary and secondary market institutions.

Mr Holahan has broad experience with a variety of financial industry regulatory matters, such as state and local anti-predatory lending laws, RESPA, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, fair housing/fair lending regulations, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, state regulations and licensing requirements.

 

Walder Wyss & Partners

Seefeldstrasse 123, PO Box 1236, CH-8034 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel+41 44 498 98 98 Fax+41 44 498 98 99
Web www.wwp.ch

Johannes Bürgi

Partner
Email jbuergi@wwp.ch

Johannes Bürgi is a partner in the banking and finance team. He advises banks, insurers and other companies in matters involving banking, finance, capital markets and securities law, as well as corporate and competition law. In finance, he focuses on structured finance transactions (securitisations, alternative risk transfer), project finance and asset finance, including complex real estate financings. Mr Bürgi is a lecturer in business law at the University of Berne, a lecturer in financial law in the Executive Master of European and International Business Law Programme (MBL-HSG) of the University of St Gallen and a fellow of the programme in law, business and finance in Korea. He is a member of the European Securitisation Forum. Born in 1972, Mr Bürgi was educated at Lausanne and Berne Universities (state exam 1998, Dr iur 2001) and at Stanford Law School (LLM 2003). His work experience includes serving as a district court law clerk, a trainee at a Berne law firm, a research assistant at the University of Berne and a secondee to UBS Investment Bank in Zurich. Mr Bürgi speaks German, English and French. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practise in Switzerland.

Thomas Meister

Partner
Email tmeister@wwp.ch

Thomas Meister is a partner in the tax team. He works in domestic and international corporate tax, including tax optimisation, transaction structuring, corporate finance, reorganisations, restructurings, the taxation of hybrid financial instruments and vehicles and tax litigation. Born in 1963, Mr Meister was educated at the Universities of Lausanne and St Gallen (lic iur 1989, Dr iur 1995), New York University (LLM 1998) and graduated as a certified tax expert (1996). His work experience includes serving as a trainee in a Zurich law firm, a district court clerk, general secretary at the Zurich Revenue Service, a tax associate in Zurich, Geneva and Washington DC law firms and a tax partner in a Zurich law firm. Mr Meister speaks German, English and French. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and is also admitted in New York.

Evan M Spangler

Counsel
Email espangler@wwp.ch

Evan M Spangler is counsel in the banking and finance team. He specialises in structured finance, structured investment products, insurance and reinsurance. Mr Spangler was educated at the University of Southern California, Indiana University, Bloomington (BA 1978), Indiana University, Indianapolis (JD 1981), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LLM 1991). He was a fellow at Pacific Legal Foundation's College of Public Interest Law and previously served as an assistant United States attorney, general counsel of Reinsurance Finance Consultants and as chief counsel for legal, claims and tax at Swiss Re New Markets. He speaks English and German and is admitted to the practice of law in Indiana, California (inactive) and Texas. He also is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law.