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Hannah Meakin

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Financial Services and Markets; Regulations and Investigations


London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Next generation lawyers

Hannah Meakin - Norton Rose Fulbright

Within: Financial services

Benefiting from 'great experience in the area', Norton Rose Fulbright provides 'excellent all-round advice' to both retail and wholesale clients, both from a purely domestic standpoint as well as internationally - where it is able to leverage its huge global footprint. Aided by the firm's government relations and public policy team across Brussels, London and Washington, DC, and also with a large team of compliance and risk professionals working alongside the regulatory lawyers, the team is able to provide a holistic service which is mindful not only of the strict legal regulatory hurdles but also how to adapt in a commercial and practical way. The 'incredible' Jonathan Herbst heads up the office's four-partner non-contentious offering and has been at the forefront of thought leadership of major change in the industry including in relation to MiFID ii and Brexit (he recently co-authored a report for the Financial Services Forum on EU equivalence). Hannah Meakin has also been at the forefront of the firm's MiFID ii work on behalf of wholesale banking clients. In addition, Meakin's practice has also seen her active on the fintech front and in this regard she recently assisted Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation on its initial coin offering to support the creation of the a scalable, heterogeneous multi-blockchain system that would allow greater connectivity and inter-operability between blockchains. Imogen Garner leads the team's work on the buy-side and is advising The Investment Association (the leading trade association for the UK's asset management industry) on changes to the model documents used by its members to take into account the changes ushered in by MiFID ii. Spearheaded by dual-US and UK qualified partner Lista Cannon on the contentious side, the firm has the 'advantage of being able to draw on experience of being involved in cases with both a UK and US dimension', a strength which was further reinforced by the firm's recent merger with Chadbourne & Parke. Praised for her 'great strategic vision', Lista excels in handling multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations/enforcements, and following five years of investigations and regulatory proceedings in the US and Europe achieved a notable victory on behalf of a former senior executive at JP Morgan, following the US government's decision to dismiss all civil and criminal charges against him.  Katie Stephen is also recommended for her contentious expertise and in addition to defending clients before the FCA and PRA, has also handled several Skilled Persons (section 166) reviews.

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London: Finance

Commodities: derivatives

Within: Commodities: derivatives

Norton Rose Fulbright is a strong player in the structured trade and commodity finance market, which requires significant expertise in commodity derivatives. The firm advises banks, development finance institutions, traders, producers and exporters in a broad range of commodities markets. Jonathan Herbst is global head of financial services and frequently advises on regulatory matters affecting trading, custody and clearing. Hannah Meakin is also recommended for advice on custody, brokerage and clearing. Daniel Franks has extensive experience in OTC derivatives and structured products, and handles commodity derivatives as part of structured trade finance transactions. The firm counts BTG Commodities (UK), Cargill and JPMorgan among its clients.

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Derivatives and structured products

Within: Derivatives and structured products

Norton Rose Fulbright's structured finance and derivatives practice sits within the capital markets group and is led by Nigel Dickinson and Daniel Franks, who have strong relationships with investment banks and count Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citibank and Commerzbank among their clients. Dickinson acted for a syndicate of investment banks including Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Natixis on a $3.1bn loan to the Central Bank of Egypt, which in return transferred $4bn of collateral in the form of sovereign bonds issued by the Arab Republic of Egypt. He also acted for Merrill Lynch International on a repackaging transaction whereby Galaxy Capital Public Limited issued notes under its $50bn limited recourse secured debt issuance programme in respect of bonds issued by Novo Banco. Derivatives specialist Hannah Meakin also played a key role in that deal. A highlight for Franks was his work for a global investment bank on a template for total return swap to maturity confirmation, which involved a synthetic financing arrangement structured as a TRS and with embedded credit-linked mechanics, for use across the EMEA and APAC regions. Franks also advised a commodities broker on EMIR variation margin regulations and the negotiation of ISDA agreements. Derivatives specialist Jonathan Herbst is also recommended.

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Trade finance

Within: Trade finance

Norton Rose Fulbright has a prominent role in structured trade finance transactions and the vastly experienced banking lawyer and practice head Nicholas (Nick) Grandage is one the leading lights in the market. He frequently acts for prominent banks, suppliers and trading houses such as BP, Louis Dreyfus and Citibank. His recent highlights include advising AIG and Standard Chartered Bank on the groundbreaking establishment of the first blockchain-enabled platform for the purchasing of trade finance receivables from a global logistics company. Newly promoted partner Andrew Wood, whom clients describe as 'responsive, straightforward and very frank', specialises in structured finance transactions in the trade and commodity sector and frequently handles pre-export and prepayment finance deals, as well as supply chain and receivables financings and borrowing base transactions for clients such as Rosneft, Gazprom Neft, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC. He acted alongside senior associate Richard Wilkes  for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the EBRD Trade Facilitation Programme, which involved the drafting and negotiation of documentation for issuance facilities and revolving credit agreements. The practice also calls upon the extensive knowledge of of Jonathan Herbst, who is the firm's global head of financial services; dispute resolution specialist Neil Miller; regulatory expert Hannah Meakin; and structured finance partner Daniel Franks.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

Norton Rose Fulbright's department, which embodies 'a good balance of caution with practical assistance', has 'very good awareness of the blockchain space', and provides 'a sensible guide to the cryptosphere'; other areas of strength include regtech, insurtech, payments, robo-advice and establishing DLT platforms. The 'unflappable' Sean Murphy, who heads the group jointly alongside financial services regulatory experts Imogen Garner and Hannah Meakin, can 'absorb and martial an inordinate amount of information'. He acted for Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation on its $150m ICO to support the creation of a multi-blockchain system to develop greater connectivity between blockchains. He also assisted banks such as ABN AMRO and ING and energy companies including BP, Shell and Statoil with establishing a joint venture to develop a DLT-based commodity-trading platform. Garner advised a foreign state government on drawing up a legal framework for a new technology regulator. Corporate and regulatory insurance expert Nicholas Berry advised Lloyd's of London on issues surrounding the underwriting of cryptocurrency risks. Structured finance specialist David Shearer and banking expert Nicholas (Nick) Grandage acted for AIG and Standard Chartered Bank on a £200m trade receivables purchase facility, with blockchain facilitating the receivables' purchase and settlement. Other clients include UBS, Paxos and the New Payment System Operator (NPSO). Insurtech associate Charlotte Rowlandson's 'attention to detail coupled with her amazing turnaround speeds defy understanding'; one client describes her as 'a power behind the throne'.

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