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Paul Lewis

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Work 020 7456 4658
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Linklaters Business Services

Work Department

Capital markets.

Position

Paul Lewis is a specialist in structured capital market securities and derivatives, with particular focus on repackaged notes, structured product platforms, fund-linked products and collateral and custody structures. He has been at the forefront of the development of next-generation repackaging programmes post-Lehman (so called ‚ÄėRepack 2.0‚Äô) and has extensive experience of vehicle based structured finance across a wide range of asset classes.

Career

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales 1999. Trainee solicitor 1997-99; associate Linklaters, London 1999-2004; managing associate 2004-06; partner 2006 to date.

Education

St Anne’s College, Oxford (1996 MA Jurisprudence First Class); College of Law, York (1997 Legal practice Course Distinction); London Business School, University of London (2002 MsC Finance).


London: Finance

Derivatives and structured products

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Lewis - 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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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech

Within: Fintech

With global breadth, strength in depth and a formidable line in high-end financial services regulatory work, the 'superb' practice at Linklaters LLP adopts 'a multi-disciplinary approach' and 'truly bridges the gap between finance and technology'. Harry Eddis and capital markets expert Richard Hay are 'very impressive: they cut to the chase and are pleasant to deal with'. As well as handling more conventional fintech work, the department also advises clients on technology matters relating to structured finance and capital markets: together with Michael Kent, Eddis, who has 'deep financial regulatory knowledge across markets', advised Quantile Technologies on regulatory matters pertaining to its derivatives portfolio optimisation service. Eddis and Paul Lewis, who is 'a clear leader in smart contracts, derivatives and distributed ledger technology (DLT)', acted for Clearmatics Technology Solutions and UBS, leading a bank consortium, on the development of a new inter-bank payment system involving Utility Settlement Coins. Both partners have also been advising a multinational investment bank on establishing spot and derivatives trading services involving Bitcoin and Ether. At the start-up end, technology expert Julian Cunningham-Day, who heads the group alongside Eddis and corporate expert Fionnghuala Griggs, advised regtech company Market Axess on its client contracts and the establishment of a cloud-based European data store.

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