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Charles Kerrigan is a partner in the Banking & International Finance Team at CMS London.

Charles previously worked at Slaughter and May and at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He has practised in London and New York.


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Intellectual Property Office – IPO – Banking on IP working group

UK representative - European Commission Open Methd of Coordination – OMC Group on creative industries access to finance

Creative England – Access to Finance Implementation Group

Big Innovation Centre – BIC Entrepreneurial Finance Hub

Panel member - Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board) 2014

British Bankers Association – BBA Creative Industries Roundtable Working Group

Co-founder of the Association of Media and Technology Lenders

Secured Transactions Law Reform Project – IP workstream

Acknowledged in the Intellectual Property Office's IP Finance Toolkit

Speaker - Tomorrow's Transactions Forum - 18th/19th March 2015


1993 - Law – Oxford University, MA

London: Finance

Derivatives and structured products

Within: Derivatives and structured products

CMS has a diverse practice that acts for an impressive client base across the full range of derivatives and structured products. In the longevity risk market, it acts for clients such as Abbey Life Insurance, Deutsche Bank and Swiss Re. In the retail products space, the practice is advising the likes of Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan on retail structured products including notes, warrants and certificates, and advises those same banks on credit derivatives and is also a preferred choice for buy-side and sell-side clients for advice on equity derivatives. Will Dibble acts for investment and retail banks and corporates on derivatives and structured products including wholesale and retail structured product offerings such as credit, equity, fund, commodity and forex-linked products. Jason Brooks advises on credit derivatives and equity derivatives, as well as structured financial products including repos and securities lending transactions. Michael Cavers is an expert on retail products, equity and fund-linked derivative transactions, loan-linked hedging and credit-linked notes. Jason Harding and insurance sector specialist James Parker are also recommended. Mike Munro who is co-head of the firm’s life, pensions and longevity risk team, along with Parker, advised Pension Insurance Company on a £1.1bn longevity swap. The recent merger with Olswang brought in a team that is ‘excellent and really knows its stuff’. Charles Kerrigan is ‘on the ball’ and specialises in real estate and technology sector deals for domestic and international lenders, investors and funds. Ruth Markencombines technical legal expertise with robust commercial understanding’ and acts for lenders, large corporates and funds on technology finance and derivatives. Anne Chitan is also recommended.

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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Thanks to its merger with Nabarro and Olswang, CMS’s ‘extensively experienced’ department has expanded significantly. ‘Technically strong’ former practice head Andrew Besser and the ‘personable, commercial’ and ‘client-focusedRuth Marken joined from Olswang along with Charles Kerrigan and of counsel Kerry Langton, while Andrew McLean, Mike Delaney and the ‘commercially strongClive Swillman arrived from Nabarro. Swillman advised Urbanest UK on the £350m refinancing of its student accommodation portfolio with M&G Investments and Aviva Investors, while Marken acted for BMO Real Estate Partners on financing its acquisition of a £191m retail real estate portfolio from British Land. Besser advised the trustees of Heron Tower Property Unit Trust on their £400m refinancing of 110 Bishopsgate. The merged practice continues to be particularly strong in the hotels space, thanks to CMS’s credentials in this area; Simon Johnston acted for Cranefield on the £200m financing of its £300m acquisition from Blackstone of the company that owned the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Together with Jonathan Dames, Johnston advised Pension Insurance Corporation and Assured Guaranty on their £105m financing of a student housing development for the University of London. Keith Ham and Ian McGarr, who are experts in hotel and healthcare financing, are also recommended. Other clients include Bank of Ireland, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, Capital & Regional, Cromwell Property Group and Galliard Homes.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

CMS’s practice, which already had excellent financial regulatory capabilities, was strengthened by its absorption of Olswang LLP’s ‘brilliant’ team of technology and finance experts, in which ‘innovative’ TMT finance specialist Charles Kerrigan was a key player. Particular areas of expertise for Kerrigan include digital money, payments and blockchain; he has advised both financial institutions and regulators on these matters. Most of the department’s clients are large-scale financial institutions, though it also acts for a number of fintech start-ups. Technology outsourcing expert Dominic Dryden advised Nationwide on the implementation of a new technology platform involving two technology vendors: Murex and Deloitte. Kerrigan, IP partner Joel Vertes and structured finance expert Ruth Marken acted for Big Innovation Centre, a London hub for up-and-coming entities that include fintech start-ups, on various commercial and IP matters. Marken also advised Telit Communications, an AIM-listed "Internet of Things" player and machine-to-machine wireless technology provider, on obtaining $40m-worth of a total of $75m of cross-border financing with HSBC. ClearScore is another client. For corporate work, M&A expert Louis Glass, who has particular experience in technology, internet and e-commerce transactions, is recommended. Elle Todd is the key contact for data protection matters.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals: Media finance

Charles Kerrigan - CMS

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

CMS has unrivalled breadth of industry knowledge’ and ‘vast’ expertise spanning film and TV financing and production, as well as broadcasting, advertising, publishing, music and digital media matters. In the film and television space, it acts for both producers (such as BBC, ITV and NBCUniversal) and financiers of content (including Bank Leumi, Anton Capital and the Doha Film Institute). The team has advised on the establishment of new production companies founded by high-profile TV executives, and advised all3media on its acquisition of Two Brothers Pictures. It acts for major UK and international broadcast groups (including Amazon Prime Video and BBC) on carriage negotiations. Advertising expertise includes adtech, clearance work for brands, ASA compliance, as well as talent, social media and endorsement deals. Gaming, social media and interactive content is a key focus of the team and it handles IP, transactions and advisory work. In the music space it advises major record companies (such as Universal Music and Warner Music) as well as music publishers and music users on contentious and non-contentious matters; recent highlights include advising Ministry of Sound Group on the sale of its label Ministry of Sound Recordings to Sony Music UK. The media finance team, is led by the ‘exceptionalCharles Kerrigan and acts for a range of lender, borrower and sponsor clients such as Bank of Ireland, Wells Fargo and Lloyds Bank. Paul Guite is ‘technically excellent’ and co-heads the media team with Victoria Gaskell who has ‘an innate understanding of the brief’. Selina Potter, Mark Bertram, Steven Corney, John Enser (‘unfazed by any difficulty’), and Jacqueline Hurt are also key figures in the media and entertainment space, while Ruth Marken is noted for media finance. Rebekah Hayes is also recommended.

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