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Norton Rose Fulbright

David Shearer

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Capital Markets


London: Finance


Within: Leading individuals

David Shearer - Norton Rose Fulbright

Within: Securitisation

Norton Rose Fulbright's principal area of focus is UK and international RMBS transactions, in the form of securitisations and covered bonds, on which it advises¬†issuers, cash managers and trustees. The firm's strong Islamic finance practices sees it handle innovative¬†shari'ah-compliant structures, and it is also a key player in the emerging fintech space . The latter is exemplified by its work for AIG Europe on the establishment of a ¬£200m trade receivables purchase facility, through which the purchase and settlement of the trade receivables is facilitated using a blockchain platform.¬†David Shearer, who is co-head of the practice along with securitisation and structured bond specialist¬†Sandrine Sauvel, led that transaction.¬†Shearer and senior associate Mirella Hart, who has¬†extensive experience advising investment banks, private equity houses and corporate clients on a broad range of structured finance transactions, including securitisations, 'work together as an excellent team and are focused on executing deals in a commercial manner'.¬†Sauvel's highlights included acting for Piraeus Bank in issuance under its ‚ā¨10bn covered bonds programme.¬†Farmida Bi, who handled the ¬£300m¬†inaugural public securitisation of insurance credit premia by Premium Credit on behalf of HSBC, is also a key player in the practice.

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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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