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Michael Voisin

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Michael is Global Head of Capital Markets and a partner in the Derivatives and Structured Products Group in London.

Michael specialises in sophisticated financial products, including securitised, exchange traded and OTC derivatives, repackagings, investment fund products and financing, CDOs, and note and warrant programmes . Recent experience includes derivatives clearing, regulation and regulatory capital treatment (including the FIA CCP Risk Review), benchmarks , longevity derivatives, acting for the UK administrators of Lehman Brothers, ISDA on the drafting of the 2011 Equity Derivatives Definitions and Brexit and Eurozone matters.


2016 - Global board member of the Futures Industry Association
2015 - Global Head of Capital Markets
2008 - 2012 Global Knowledge and Learning Partner
2004 - 2007 Member of Linklaters' Diversity Committee
2002 - 2010 Head of Linklaters' Derivatives and Structured Products Practice
1996 - to date Partner, Linklaters
1991 - 1996 Associate, Linklaters
1991    Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
1988 - 1991 Legal Assistant, Linklaters
1987 - 1988 Pupil Barrister
1987    Called to the Bar of England and Wales


Board Member, FIA


1986 - 1987 Inns of Courts School of Law, London
1983 - 1986 Worcester College, Oxford University

London: Finance

Derivatives and structured products

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Michael Voisin - Linklaters LLP

Within: Derivatives and structured products

Linklaters LLP is 'the very best in the market', according to one client who remarks that 'for complex, innovative, cross-border work it would be our first port of call'. The firm is 'very good at keeping on top on new regulations its business acumen and industry knowledge are second-to-none'. The firm's prominent position in market-defining issues is evidenced by its work for ISDA on the impact of Brexit on the derivatives market and documentation. Deepak Sitlani and Mark Brown, who is 'hugely experienced and hardworking, and shows very impressive attention to detail', were the main partners involved. Key partner Vinay Samani has more than 20 years’ experience in debt, equity and structured finance transactions, and frequently acts for both financial institutions and corporates. One client describes him as '100% reliable; he understands how the market works and what his clients need, and he marries a relaxed, common-sense approach with in-depth technical knowledge'. Paul Lewis, who is now head of UK derivatives and structured products, focuses mainly on margin implementation for non-cleared derivatives, but also handles matters relating to the application of blockchain and smart contract technology. One client remarks that he is 'definitely the right person to lead the firm towards innovative technology solutions, as he has always been forward-looking'. Lewis and David Phillips advised BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and JPMorgan on new issuance under the markets first single-issuer, multi-dealer repackaging programme. The firm's deep bench of talent includes global head of capital markets Michael Voisin; Simon Firth, who acted for British Business Bank in the provision of guarantees to United Trust Bank; Toby Gray and Matthew Monahan for repackagings and credit-linked notes, who exhibit 'good response times, good knowledge and are willing to co-operate under tight deadlines'; 'very strong partner' and rising star Mark Drury, who is 'solution-oriented and not afraid to tell it like it is'; and counsel Doug Shaw.

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