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Linklaters LLP

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Mark Brown

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Linklaters Business Services

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Capital markets.


Specialist in derivatives and structured finance.


Articled clerk Slaughter and May 1988-90; assistant solicitor, London/Hong Kong 1991-98; assistant solicitor Linklaters, London 1998; Tokyo 1988-2001; partner, capital markets Tokyo 200105; London 2005 to date.


Nottingham University (LLB); Cambridge University (LLM).

London: Finance

Derivatives and structured products

Within: Derivatives and structured products

Linklaters LLP has β€˜the best practice in the market and provides the highest level of service’, according to one client who sees the firm as β€˜the first port of call for complex, innovative and cross-border deals’. The firm provides β€˜the highest possible level of service, fast response times and best-in-class industry knowledge, and has the best business acumen and industry knowledge in the market’. Head of the dervatives team Vinay Samani is β€˜one of the most trusted and reliable lawyers in the City; he understands how the market works and what his clients need’, says a client who praises his β€˜relaxed and sensible manner’. Also recommended are global head of capital markets Michael Voisin; Deepak Sitlani who is β€˜the very best in a very strong team’ and has β€˜commercial savvy and deep legal analytical skills’; Paul Lewis who is β€˜one of the very best in the market – very bright, very commercial and certainly a person to reach out to on the most complicated and innovative deals’; derivatives specialist Simon Firth; Matthew Monahan who β€˜goes above and beyond to make himself available, has a phenomenal work rate and will close a deal even when the odds are stacked against him’; longevity swap expert and β€˜universally respected market leader’ David Phillips; key adviser to leading investment banks Toby Gray; and Mark Brown who is β€˜a lawyer’s lawyer, hugely experienced and has broad knowledge and attention to detail that make him ideally suited to work on the practical implications of regulatory reform’. Newly promoted Mark Drury is β€˜a young partner doing well to find his niche – highly commercial, responsive and flexible’. The team acted for Credit Suisse International in the establishment of the first single-issuer, multi-dealer repackaging programme, and advised ISDA on the industry-wide implementation of initial margin requirements.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Linklaters LLP’s specialist team covers Brexit from a range of angles and jurisdictions, which includes monitoring legal and institutional developments in the EU, and also producing thought leadership pieces and client briefings on specific topics to assist clients in their contingency planning. The firm has been particularly active working with UK and European trade and professional bodies, and was recently appointed as Brexit counsel by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA); Mark Brown, Deepak Sitlani and others act as legal counsel to the association. Michael Kent, Peter Bevan and Harry Eddis also have financial services sector expertise, while other sector strengths include energy and utilities, and TMT. Patrick Robinson gave oral evidence on the impact of Brexit on the UK justice system to the House of Commons Justice Committee. Sir Christopher Bellamy QC heads the group.

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